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Mr. Tall

Michael Tall

President & Chief Operating Officer, Charlestowne Hotels

Michael Tall joined Charlestowne Hotels in 2004 to provide guidance in marketing, e-commerce and revenue management initiatives. Since becoming co-owner of the company in 2008, he has made it a priority to recruit and hire the industry's top talent and to expand the company's client base. Under his leadership, Charlestowne Hotels' portfolio has doubled in size twice, with many hotels under the brand's umbrella receiving prestigious industry accolades including Travel + Leisure's Number 2 Hotel on the “Top 100 Hotels In the World” list and Number 1 and Number 15 on the Top 15 Hotels “Best City Hotels In the Continental United States” list, Conde Nast Traveler's “Gold List” and “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” TripAdvisor's Number 1 and Number 2 Luxury Hotel in the United States list, Smith Travel Research's “Best Performing Hotel in the US,” as well as other national media and travel industry honors. Previously, Mr. Tall worked for Rock Resorts (a subsidiary of Vail Resorts) as a corporate analyst as well as the director of revenue for the former Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage. He has also worked with companies such as The Savoy Group, Kiawah Island Resorts, and Xerox. Mr. Tall has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and received his Master's Degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Mr. Tall sits on the Board of Governors and serves as Travel Council Chair for the Charleston Visitor's Bureau. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities and a speaker and panelist at many hotel industry events including The Hunter Investment Conference, various BLLA conferences, The Lodging Conference, The STR Data Conference, and more.

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

Mr. Tall can be contacted at 843-972-1400 or info@charlestownehotels.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.