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Mr. Isvan

Omer Isvan

Founder & President, Servotel

Omer Isvan is the founder and president of Servotel, celebrating over 30 years of evolution into a global Hotel & Resort consulting boutique. Servotel is now widely recognized as the leading advisor in the investment and development of hotels, resorts, wellness facilities and integrated residential and mixed-use lifestyle developments worldwide.

Backed up with industry-leading specialists based in London and Istanbul, Mr. Isvan's experience spans over 43 countries and numerous projects advising investors in every step of investment and development from green-field concepting stage through to asset management of hotels, resorts, destination wellness and lifestyle communities, most involving the selection of and cooperation with global hospitality and spa operators and brands.  

Mr. Isvan's unique approach and vision for development advisory field, strong passion for a fully coherent holistic R&D and expertise base that plugs-in to the investor and that maintains the link between the vision, physical and operational concept and the financial feasibility, led to Servotel's fully integrated multi-discipline structure. This structure includes specialists in concept and creative elements, legal, economic, financial, market research & marketing, design & engineering to complement and cohere the investor, its architects, designers, specialist consultants and operators throughout the development and pre-opening process.

A graduate of University of Surrey, England, Mr. Isvan is a Fellow of Institute of Hospitality; member of the board of the Global Wellness Institute, Advisory Board member of the International Hotel Investment Forum and the Global Wellness Summit and member of Institute of Directors and British Institute of Management. Mr. Isvan is also reported to have introduced the term 'boutique hotel' into the industry and is one of few industry leaders to have made the cover of Business Week. Alongside his career, Mr. Isvan contributes to the industry by delivering keynote lectures on hospitality development at conferences and leading universities and corporate MBA's globally.  

Please visit http://www.servotel.net for more information.

Mr. Isvan can be contacted at +44 020-7129-1251 or omer@servotel.net

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.