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Mr. Soloway

Todd Soloway

Partner, Pryor Cashman LLP

Todd Soloway is a partner at Pryor Cashman, a full-service law firm of more than 170 attorneys with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, where he heads the Hotel + Hospitality and Real Estate Litigation Groups.

A trusted advisor to leaders in the hospitality industry, as well as private equity firms, real estate investment trusts (REITs), property owners and developers, Mr. Soloway has successfully litigated some of the most high-profile cases involving hotel management and franchise agreements, real estate finance and development, complex foreclosures, receiverships and workouts, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes.

Mr. Soloway is consistently recognized as one of the country's leading hospitality attorneys by Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers and other organizations. He writes a regular column on legal trends impacting the hospitality and real estate sectors in The New York Law Journal, contributes to industry publications including Hotel Business Magazine, Private Equity Real Estate and Crain's, and received a Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his writings on the use of indefinite terms in real estate contracts.

Mr. Soloway is also a recurring speaker at New York University's International Hospitality Conference.

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

Mr. Soloway can be contacted at +1 212-421-4100 or tsoloway@pryorcashman.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.