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Mr. Perez

Julio Perez

Executive Vice-President, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts

As Executive Vice-President, Julio Perez leads the Sales and E-Commerce departments of Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts. In his role, he not only oversees initiatives that include worldwide sales policies and global sales strategies, but also ensures the coordination and motivation of all fields involving the brand's commercial practice.

Mr. Perez serves as the link between the operational departments of the company and the sales department, as well as other key departments such as Finance and Business Administration. Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts is one of the key components of Grupo Piñero, and as Executive Vice-President, Mr. Perez is responsible for forming liaisons with other companies in the conglomerate, such as Soltour and Coming 2, as well as taking charge of developing new projects within Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, such as vacation rentals and branded loyalty programs.

Bahia Principe made the greatest contribution to the group's sales in 2017, accounting for 72 percent of the total. The brand attributed the figure, a 6.5 percent increase from 2016, to an 82 percent average occupancy rate throughout the year at 24 properties in Dominican Republic, Mexico, Jamaica and Spain, with more than 13,000 rooms.

Previously, Mr. Perez served as the General Manager in the Balearic Islands, Spain for Levantina & Associates for five years until he was offered his current position in the year 2014. With Levantina, a world leader in the supply of natural stone for large-scale hotels and other projects, he was responsible for the Balearic Islands, Tenerife (Spain) and the Caribbean region.

Mr. Perez holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Know How Business College University of Wales and a Master's in Marketing and Commercial Strategy. He is currently based out of Palma de Mallorca, Spain, where Bahia Principe Hotel & Resorts is headquartered.


Please visit http://www.bahia-principe.com for more information.

Mr. Perez can be contacted at +34 971 787000 or jperez@bahia-principe.com

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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.