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Mr. Tatum

Tyler Tatum

Marketing Strategy Consultant,

Tyler Tatum is driven to help clients maximize their potential with the best marketing strategy at the least overall cost. In his past venture as General Manager of Project Planet, Mr. Tatum had the opportunity to pursue a passion for the environment, while driving the company to be a dominant force in the hotel industry. The focus was saving his clients tens of millions of dollars in operational cost, while reducing their overall environmental impact by hundreds of millions of gallons of water. In order to maximize participation in the program, Mr. Tatum had to create excitement among hotel staff and guests while maintaining the best overall guest experience. During his tenure with Project Planet, Mr. Tatum increased participation in the program by over fifty percent. He also launched three new regional designs, which lead to stronger market penetration in coastal and mountainous areas. In a joint effort he worked with the Southwest Florida Water Management District to promote the program to over 200 hotels.

Mr. Tatum can be contacted at 404-783-0923 or TylerTatum@Bellsouth.net

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.