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Mr. Pardon

Nicholas Pardon

President & Chief Executive Officer, The Discoverer Network

Nicholas Pardon serves as CEO of The Discoverer Network and its parent company, Inboxlab, the leader in building email-centric brands and developing meaningful relationships via the inbox. Mr. Pardon drives the vision of inspiring discovery across the network's affiliated, travel-focused brands and is responsible for leading each brand's growth and expansion into niche industries.

Since founding Inboxlab and The Discoverer Network, Mr. Pardon's leadership has propelled the network's brands into strong and robust leaders in targeted, data-driven media publishing. An award-winning innovator with nearly two decades of specialization in digital media, Mr. Pardon has enjoyed success in executive, entrepreneurial, advisory and board-level roles for email-focused companies and organizations.

Some of Mr. Pardon's landmark achievements include: reaching more than 20 million job seekers monthly at Career Centric, a digital marketing agency previously led by Mr. Pardon; growth hacking a robust community of travel influencers reaching a combined audience of over 2 million subscribers to The Discoverer; and building an effective platform in Seeqr that works in tandem with The Discoverer to drive travelers through the booking funnel, giving travel providers exposure to new audiences and new revenue streams.

Mr. Pardon continues to oversee The Discoverer Network, making it the go-to choice for engaging with travelers for the company's clients including such acclaimed companies as Travelzoo, G Adventures, TourRadar, and more. With 94,000+ subscribers that have more than 10,000 followers on Instagram, The Discoverer solves the travel influencer puzzle by combining social media strategies and modern personalization.

Today, Mr. Pardon continues to lead Inboxlab and The Discoverer Network's brands. Celebrating its most recent milestone, the network's flagship brand, The Discoverer, surpassed 2.2 million subscribers and 1 million highly engaged fans across its social media channels.

Please visit http://thediscoverer.com for more information.

Mr. Pardon can be contacted at +1 305-491-0512 or hello@thediscoverer.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.