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Mr. Haley

Victor P. Haley

Partner, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP

Victor P. Haley is a Partner at the Atlanta office of law firm Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP. Victor practices in the hospitality, golf course and resort area. Victor regularly represents large hotel operators and hotel owners in connection with hotel acquisitions, dispositions and development throughout the Americas and the Caribbean. He has recently represented InterContinental Hotels Group in connection with its investment in the Cayo Largo Resort development in eastern Puerto Rico, its acquisition of the former Ritz-Carlton on Central Park South in New York and its acquisition of the historic Stephen F. Austin Hotel. In addition, Victor has assisted InterContinental Hotels Group in the development of new hotels and resorts in Miami, Minneapolis and Puerto Rico and has extensive experience in negotiating hotel operating agreements both for hotel owners and operators. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute and regularly speaks at legal education and industry forums on hotel acquisitions, development and operating issues.

Mr. Haley can be contacted at 404-853-8302 or victor.haley@sablaw.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.