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Mr. Kovensky

Mike Kovensky

Director of Sales & Marketing, InterContinental Miami

Mike Kovensky grew up on Long Island, NY, where the winters escorted him to Florida State University. Upon graduating with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management, he headed South.

Starting his career with Hilton Hotels in Atlanta, he began his journey in Hotel Sales.  After 5 plus years of learning the Group market, and how to communicate without a "New York" accent, he relocated to Long Beach, California. While in Long Beach, he enhanced his knowledge within the Transient segments. From California, he relocated back to NYC and further strengthened his knowledge in the Business Travel/Leisure segments and reconfirm his dislike for the cold Winters.  After two years in NYC, he relocated to Orlando getting back to working in Hotels in which the Group segment was the main audience. While in Orlando, he continued to work for Hilton, and then moving onto leadership opportunities within Wyndham and LXR.

After 17 years in Orlando, he explored a more balanced lifestyle in South Florida and assumed the role of Director of Sales & Marketing for the InterContinental Miami. Approaching 7 years at InterContinental, Mr. Kovensky has been able to lean on his varied experience over the years and contribute to a strong producing Sales team, while growing market share by more than 15% over the last 6 years.  

Mr. Kovensky currently resides in Delray Beach and treasures his Sirius radio for the long commute, in addition to his weekends spent with family, including 2 daughters, 5 grandchildren along with an unbelievably patient wife.

 


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

Mr. Kovensky can be contacted at 305-577-1000 or mike.kovensky@ihg.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.