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Ms. Renton

Jane Renton

General Manager, Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel

Jane Renton is General Manager at The Lowndes Hotel, London. Ms. Renton has a wealth of experience in all areas of the hospitality industry. After studying Hotel Management and graduating from Gwent College of Higher Education, Renton secured a placement at The Gateway Hotel & Conference Centre, Newport where, over the space of five years, she trained in several roles. These included deputy head housekeeper, accommodation services manager and Events and Banqueting Manager, before taking a year's sabbatical in Australia and New Zealand. In 2004 she took up the post of General Manager at The Lowndes Hotel London where she continues to pursue her passion for personalized service and creating a unique 'home away from home' experience for her guests. Jane Renton is a member of many Professional Associations, including the British Hospitality Association, Hotel & Catering International Management Association, the London Chamber of Commerce and is an active International Committee member of The Front Office Managers' Association - AICR, organising the annual Young Receptionist of the Year Competition.

Ms. Renton can be contacted at 44-20-7823 1234 or jane.renton@jumeirah.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.