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Ms. Granados

Ana Granados

Hospitality Sales National Manager, Cosentino North America

Ana Granados is the Hospitality Business Development Manager for Cosentino and has been with the company since 2015. She has 15 years of experience in the US market and has cultivated many brand relationships for companies in the interior design and architectural world throughout her career.

Earning a Law Degree from the Granada University in Spain, Ms. Granados also studied in KU Leuven (Belgium) and Rennes (France). Her international career started in Brussels, working for the European Union and after she continued her education with a Masters in International Business Development in Madrid before moving to the US in 2006. Shortly after moving, she fell in love with the City and everything it had to offer.

Ms. Granados has worked for the Trade Commission of Spain, Gandia Blasco, and was the leader in the creation of the successful US subsidiary of Marset, the lighting manufacturer throughout her time in NYC. She has a gift for languages, and she speaks several fluently. Art, design, and architecture is her passion.

Cosentino Group is a global, family-owned company that produces and distributes high-value innovative surfaces for architecture and design. As a leading company, Cosentino imagines and anticipates together with its customers and partners design solutions that offer value and inspiration to peoples' lives. This goal is made possible by pioneering brands that are leaders in their respective segments such as Silestone®, Dekton®, and Sensa by Cosentino®. Technologically advanced surfaces create unique designs for the home and public spaces.

The group bases its development on international expansion, an innovative research and development program, respect for the environment and sustainability, and its ongoing corporate commitment to society and the local communities where it operates, education, equality, and health & safety.

Please visit http://www.cosentino.com/usa/ for more information.

Ms. Granados can be contacted at +1 646-891-3653 or anag@cosentino.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.