Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Meade

Bill Meade

Director, Tetra Tech

Bill Meade is an international energy and environmental consultant with over 30 years of experience. He currently lives and works in Indonesia where he heads the Indonesia Clean Energy Development project. Now in its second phase, ICED is the centerpiece of USAID Indonesia's low emissions development support in the energy sector.

Beginning in 2011, the ICED project established a network of public and private sector partners involved in clean energy development and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction in the energy sector. Partners include national, provincial and district-level government agencies; banks and financial institutions; project developers; the national electric utility (PLN); industry trade associations; and research institutions.

Mr. Meade has supported government agencies, industry associations, and private companies in the design and implementation of renewable energy, energy efficiency, environmental impact assessment, environmental management, rural economic development, and sustainable tourism.

Mr. Meade has consulted with hotel and resort companies including Starwood Hotels and Sandals Resorts, hotel and tourism associations, government tourism ministries and development agencies, tour operators, international organizations such as World Travel and Tourism Council and U.N. World Tourism Organization, Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, European Union and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Prior to moving to Indonesia, Mr. Meade worked throughout the Egyptian Red Sea coast and Caribbean introducing environmental management in hotels and resorts and sustainable tourism destinations. He specializes in designing impactful programs that are jointly implemented by government, private sector and civil society. The programs incorporate energy and water efficiency, waste management, green purchasing, training and awareness, and strategic marketing.

Mr. Meade has a Bachelor's degree in energy and environmental management and an MBA specializing in sustainability.

Please visit http://www.htttp://tetratech.com for more information.

Mr. Meade can be contacted at +1 703-387-2134 or bill.meade@tetratech.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.