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Mr. Fernandes

Chris Fernandes

Director, HVS

Chris Fernandes is Director of HVS Consulting and Valuation, based in New York City. HVS specializes in all types of hospitality assets, including hotels, restaurants, casinos, shared ownership lodging, mixed-use developments, spas, and golf courses, as well as conventions, sports, and entertainment facilities.

Mr. Fernandes began his work in hospitality at Princeton University's conference and event services, where his responsibilities included arranging guest housing and check-ins for groups of up to 600 people. He also served in various restaurant and hotel operations roles with Marriott and Shaner Hotel Management at the University of Delaware before beginning his consulting career with HVS in 2013.

Mr. Fernandes is a state-certified general appraiser in New York, New Hampshire, and North Carolina, and has completed more than 250 appraisals, market and feasibility studies, and consulting engagements throughout the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast regions; he also has a breadth of experience in the New York City market, having appraised over 100 hotels across all five boroughs. He has assisted a wide range of clients ranging from institutional lenders and investment banking firms to insurance companies, hotel owners and investors, hotel franchise and management companies, gaming companies, and attorneys.

Mr. Fernandes has served as a panelist at the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference and co-instructor at New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate with HVS founder Steve Rushmore. He has also authored various publications, including HVS' quarterly Manhattan Lodging Overview since 2016.

Mr. Fernandes graduated summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management; his honors also included the Gore Entrepreneurial and Marriott Foundation scholarships.

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

Mr. Fernandes can be contacted at +1 +1 (603) 305-6834 or cfernandes@hvs.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.