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Mr. Nogal

Mark Nogal

Global Head, Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton

Mark Nogal is global head of Curio Collection by Hilton, Hilton's first collection brand, in the upper upscale market. He is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the brand, as well as overseeing brand performance support, global marketing and visual identity.

Mr. Nogal has more than three decades of hospitality and brand experience, and has held multiple leadership roles at Hilton over the last 25+ years, including property-level and corporate positions in operations and marketing.

In 2017, Mr. Nogal helped launch the upscale Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand and served as global head. He was also responsible for pioneering the Hilton Garden Inn brand - from marketing the first hotel to leading the brand's growth throughout Europe - and served as regional head of focused service brand management for Hilton in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. Based in London, he oversaw the ongoing growth of two award-winning brands: Hilton Garden Inn and Hampton by Hilton.

Prior to that role, Mr. Nogal served in several senior positions for Hilton Garden Inn, including vice president of brand performance and sales support, and vice president of marketing and sales. In those roles, he was responsible for guiding and communicating with hotel owners, management companies and general managers, and overseeing strategic planning, operations management and budgeting for brand sales, marketing, advertising, sales, marketing communications, relationship marketing and research for the brand.

Mr. Nogal studied hotel restaurant and tourism studies at the University of New Orleans and architecture at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. An avid cook, traveler and explorer of different cultures, he enjoys visiting Curio Collection properties and learning more about hotels joining the global portfolio of one-of-a-kind hotels and resorts.

Please visit https://www.hilton.com/en/corporate/ for more information.

Mr. Nogal can be contacted at +1 703-883-5311 or mark.nogal@hilton.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.