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Mr. Poimiroo

John Poimiroo

Principal, Poimiroo & Partners

John Poimiroo has had a 30-year career in travel and tourism marketing and public policy, having directed marketing and public relations programs at ski areas, attractions, national and state parks, hotel companies and destinations. Mr. Poimiroo was California's state tourism director in the 1990s, during which time he is credited for having conceived the California Tourism Marketing Act and helping shape the law that authorized California Welcome Centers. Most recently, he assisted the chair of the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in facilitating the establishment of the California Cultural Heritage Tourism Council and continues as an advisor to the council. Mr. Poimiroo has won numerous awards in Journalism, photography, marketing and public relations, including the Society of American Travel Writer's Western Chapter Photo Shootout Gold Prize and its Frank Riley Award for travel writing. Among his many honors, John was a member of teams that won two national and state "Take Pride in America" awards and two national tourism industry "Odyssey" awards. In 1998, he was selected as the United States' best State Tourism Director, was inducted to the California Tourism Hall of Fame and received the University of Colorado's first Chancellor's Tourism Award. He is principal of Poimiroo & Partners, an El Dorado Hills, Calif. marketing communications consultancy.

Mr. Poimiroo can be contacted at 916-933-8860 or john@poimiroo.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.