Editorial Board   

Mr. Williams

Kevin Williams

Vice President of Distribution, TravelWorm

Kevin Williams is Vice President of Distribution for TravelWorm, the leading online provider of a consumer hotel, flight, car rental, tour reservations and show tickets at premiere casino resort and leisure destinations nationwide. In this position, he is responsible for continuing TravelWorm's reputation as one of the premier travel sites nationwide and beyond. Before joining TravelWorm, Mr. Williams, served as Vice President of Hotel Operations at One Travel and was responsible for expanding its hotel program globally. Mr. Williams brings more than 20 years of combined experience in hotel and resort operations and marketing. Mr. Williams spent 12 years with Hilton Hotels Corporation in the Nevada Gaming markets, where he oversaw hotel operations in casino resorts throughout the Nevada. Previously he served as Hotel Director for three years at Station Casinos' flagship property, Palace Station. Most recently, Mr. Williams directed the Nevada resort clients for Hotels.com during its transition from Hotel Reservations Network.

Mr. Williams can be contacted at 702-407-8000 or kwilliams@travelworm.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.