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Mr. Inabinett

Matt Inabinett

Director of Sales & Marketing, JW Marriott Austin

Matt Inabinett is Director of Sales & Marketing at JW Marriott Austin, a luxurious hotel in downtown Austin, TX. This upscale destination is home to 1,012 plush guest rooms and suites, coupled with a superior location in the heart of downtown Austin and comfortable amenities that go above and beyond the ordinary. As the leading choice in Austin Convention Center hotels, JW Marriott Austin offers an unprecedented 120,000 square feet of stylish, sophisticated Austin meeting and event facilities for both large and intimate events.

Mr. Inabinett has worked for Marriott for more than 10 years and has continued to make a positive and lasting impact on each team he's lead. He started with the Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk hotels in San Antonio in 2007 as a Sales Manager. In 2009, he was promoted to Sr. Sales Manager and then in 2011 as Sr. Sales Executive. In 2012, he was again promoted as a Sr. Sales Executive for the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. In 2013, Mr. Inabinett returned to the Marriott Rivercenter and Riverwalk hotels as the Director of Group Sales. Within this position, he oversaw a team responsible for booking $45+ million in group revenue for these combined hotels with 1,504 combined guestrooms and suit

 Mr. Inabinett joined the JW Marriott Austin team as Director of Sales & Marketing in 2017, and he's responsible for the property's daily sales efforts, as well as the overall positioning of the hotel, brand communication and the development of customers for the property.

 

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

Mr. Inabinett can be contacted at 512-474-4777 or matt.inabinett@marriott.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.