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Mr. Poulin

Daniel Poulin

Director, Spa & Fitness North & Central America, Accor

Daniel Poulin is the Director of Spa & Fitness, North & Central America for Accor. Leading the spa, fitness and recreation programs for the entire Accor portfolio in the region since 2014, Mr. Poulin is no stranger to hospitality with a career in the fitness and spa industry that spans over 30 years taking him from Canada to Asia and the Middle East.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Poulin operated the wellness department at a large community center in Vancouver but soon realized that many of the aging members of the community faced with various diseases could not easily and safely benefit from the programs already in place and tailored for younger healthier individuals. Working with various partners in the medical field along with the expertize of his team of fitness professionals, Mr. Poulin developed multiple rehabilitation programs from cardiac to osteoporosis to arthritis and cancer, many still in place today, almost 20 years later.

Often recognized as an innovator and "trends detangler" in the spa and fitness industry, Mr. Poulin's hands on experimental approach to trying practically anything once allows for real life skills that go beyond theories and concepts.

Mr. Poulin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition. He was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Medical Research Council of Canada to pursue his clinical research evaluating the impact of exercise and caloric restriction on the size and incidence of breast cancer that he then presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

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

Mr. Poulin can be contacted at +1 416-874-2596 or daniel.poulin@accor.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.