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Mr. Ovanessoff

Nick Ovanessoff

Chief Experience Officer, A Lucky Find

Nick Ovanessoff has more than a decade of experience in web development, marketing strategy, discovery and outreach of new properties, and developing strategic partnerships. He is currently the Chief Experience Officer at A Lucky Find, which provides full service sales and marketing for unique and memorable lodging experiences, including corporate and group travel services. Mr. Ovanessoff is responsible for curating immersive travel experiences unmatched by traditional services in the current hospitality industry, encouraging people to explore further and embrace immersive travel. The company has partner properties in over 20 countries, supporting experiences such as tipi and yurt hotels, airstream resorts, ice and igloo camps, private ranches, remote island villas, treehouse retreats and more.

     In addition to his role at A Lucky Find, Mr. Ovanessoff has served as a customer success consultant with TechAccelerator since January 2014. TechAccelerator is a web-based platform, driven by an integrated backend of virtual and physical hardware and software that empowers enterprise companies of all sizes and maturities - from early stage startups to large, established manufacturers - with real-time, on-demand tools in order to conduct interactive solution demonstrations and proof of concept deployments, alongside personal education and training. Previous roles include conference services manager for Shutters on the Beach Hotel and Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, California, from 2008 to 2013.

    Prior to his role as conference services manager, Mr. Ovanessoff served as the director of marketing at Vike Inc., from 2007 to 2008. A long-time native to San Diego, Mr. Ovanessoff received his Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Marketing/Marketing Management in 2005.


    Please visit http://www.aluckyfind.travel for more information.

    Mr. Ovanessoff can be contacted at 858-922-0984 or info@aluckyfind.travel

    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.