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Mr. Menekse

Mustafa Menekse

Area Director of Sales, Sage Hospitality

Mustafa Menekse serves as Sage Hospitality's Area Director of Sales overseeing three independent downtown Denver hotels - The Crawford Hotel, The Oxford Hotel, Denver's award-winning historic boutique hotel, and The Maven Hotel. All three hotels are located in Denver's booming Lower Downtown district. The luxurious 112-room Crawford Hotel opened inside the renovated Denver Union Station in 2014. As Denver's most historic hotel, the award-winning boutique Oxford Hotel is currently upgrading its 80 guest rooms. The Maven is a vibrant new hotel concept that just opened this spring featuring 172 modern guest rooms. Mr. Menekse previously served as the Area Director of Sales & Marketing overseeing four other Sage Hospitality hotels in Denver - the Courtyard Denver Downtown, the Residence Inn Denver City Center, the SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver and the TownePlace Suites Denver Downtown. Originally from Turkey, Mr. Menekse worked in Information Technology after graduating from college. He moved to the United States in 2003 and began his hospitality career at the Little America Hotel & Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming, becoming the Director of Sales & Catering in 2010. Mr. Menekse joined Sage Hospitality in 2014 as the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Holiday Inn Denver East - Stapleton. Mr. Menekse also serves on the Board of Directors and Marketing Committee for Environmental Learning for Kids, a Denver non-profit that strives to inspire urban youth through science education and outdoor experiences.

Please visit http://www.sagehospitality.com for more information.

Mr. Menekse can be contacted at 303-628-5446 or mustafa.menekse@sagehospitality.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.