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Mr. Jost

Julian Jost

CEO & Founder, Spacebase

Julian Jost's career path was clearly plotted when he started his studies, and he's followed it ever since. As a business and management graduate, his professional life began as a strategy consultant with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.

Mr. Jost was particularly successful in the areas of business development and project management. However, his experiences showed him how inefficient and uncreative the collaboration and meeting culture in companies could be. He began to organize multiple creative workshops for clients in exciting environments and discovered the potential that lies in the optimization of business events.

As a born entrepreneur, he quickly decided to follow his ideas. After finishing his MBA at Oxford University, Mr. Jost left the consultancy and started Spacebase in 2014, the worldwide booking platform for outstanding meeting and event locations. Spacebase enables companies to easily and transparently book unusual meeting locations, host creative events and save valuable time while organizing.

Today, the Spacebase portfolio offers over 2,000 meeting locations in more than 30 cities across 12 countries. Together with business partner Jan Hoffmann-Keining and the well-known industry expert and travel veteran Stephan Ekbergh, he is changing the way we meet. His vision is to facilitate the right location and the right surroundings to create more flexible, more efficient, and more creative meetings, workshops, and events.

With an eye for untapped potential, Mr. Jost and his team have made thousands of unconventional and previously unexplored locations available for meeting and workshop rental. His passion and entrepreneurial skill make him a force to be reckoned with; in fact, Spacebase is helping to form the meeting industry's newest and most contemporary sector of offsite meeting locations.

The Berlin-based start-up has been recipient of some of the meeting industry's most treasured awards, such as Eye for Travel's Start-up of the Year in 2015 as well as Web In Travel's Start-up of the Year in 2014. Spacebase is definitely a company to watch as the meeting industry goes digital and the trend of unique meeting spaces continues to grow.

Please visit http://www.spacebase.com/en/ for more information.

Mr. Jost can be contacted at 646-513-2879 or info@spacebase.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.