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Mr. Trabulsi

Larry Trabulsi

Senior Vice President, CHMWarnick

Larry Trabulsi, is a Senior Vice President of CHMWarnick, the leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services firm in the U.S. Mr. Trabulsi brings 20 years of hospitality operations, advisory and asset management experience to CHMWarnick. He is a senior member of a team of asset managers, who oversee a client portfolio of over 65 hotels, 27,000 guestrooms and $15 billion in client investments. Mr. Trabulsi has extensive capital planning and renovation oversight experience and has been involved in single renovation projects of over $30 million. Mr. Trabulsi also has experience asset managing a wide range of property types, brands and markets, bringing collective expertise and time tested best practices to the assets he oversees. He has a proven track record in collaborating with property management teams to identify opportunities for revenue enhancement, cost containment and risk mitigation and is regarded within the industry as a thought leader in asset management. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance/Investments and a Master's in Business Administration from Babson College. He is currently a Board Member of the Hospitality Asset Manager Association (HAMA).

Please visit https://www.CHMWarnick.com for more information.

Mr. Trabulsi can be contacted at 978-522-7000 or ltrabulsi@chmwarnick.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.