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Mr. Moon

Daniel Moon

VP / General Counsel, Sam Moon Group

In his role as V.P./General Counsel, Daniel Moon has been with the Sam Moon Group since 1994. He has spearheaded the group's recent growth in commercial real estate and is involved in the day to day operations of the commercial real estate group.

Recent and current commercial real estate projects include JW Marriott Dallas Arts District, Hyatt Regency Frisco, Hyatt Place Alliance, Metropark Square, Renaissance Dallas at Plano, and Coyote Ridge Golf Club.

The JW Marriott Dallas Arts District will be the first JW Marriott Hotel in the Dallas area and is scheduled to open in 2022 as a luxury 15-story hotel. Hyatt Regency Frisco is a luxury 16-story, 301-room hotel attached to Stonebriar Centre and is scheduled to open in 2020. Hyatt Place Alliance is projected to open in March 2020 as a five-story, 130-room hotel in Fort Worth's Alliance Town Center. Located in Shenandoah, Texas, Metropark Square is a luxury mixed-use development offering retail, restaurant, entertainment, residential and hospitality space. Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West opened in 2017 and includes 304 rooms and 15 stories in Plano, Texas. Lastly, the award-winning Coyote Ridge Golf Club is a North Dallas daily public fee golf destination that features a luxury clubhouse along with a pro-shop and The Grill 19 restaurant and bar with private dining, meeting rooms and a ballroom.

Mr. Moon attended Southern Methodist University where he received a B.B.A. in Accounting in 1996 and earned his Juris Doctorate from SMU's Dedman School of Law in 1999.

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

Mr. Moon can be contacted at +1 972-421-2700 or daniel@sammoon.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.