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Mr. Laxton

Justin Laxton

Chief Operating Officer, Weiner's Ltd.

Justin Laxton is the Chief Operating Officer of Weiner's Ltd. and AllTravelSizes.com. Since 1991, Weiner's has been working to become a trusted supplier of brand name travel size products to businesses ranging from intimate B&B's to large five star hotels, gift shops in hospitals and airports, as well as airlines and charter services, college bookstores, e-commerce, pharmacies, vending, government institutions, charities and event planners. 

The company was founded by Alan Weiner, who after traveling around the world, built Weiner's based on his vision to service the needs of fellow travelers. For over 25 years, Weiner's has worked with numerous non-profits to help maximize their budgets for various events and projects. Weiner's strives to offer a one-stop shopping experience for brand-name and specialty travel related products with quick turnarounds and competitive wholesale prices.

Mr. Laxton plays a large role in the ongoing success of Weiner's. His professional background includes a previous position at Weiner's as the Sales and Marketing Manager, where he oversaw website migrations, as well as integration of AllTravelSizes.com to the company.

In Mr. Laxton's current position at Weiner's as the Chief Operating Officer, he oversees operations including sales, customer service, and shipping, as well as manages all aspects of the e-commerce website and 3rd party marketplace store.

Mr. Laxton received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. He continues to reside in the Madison area.

Please visit https://weinersltd.com for more information.

Mr. Laxton can be contacted at 608-906-3554 or justin@weinersltd.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.