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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 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.