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Mr. Harouche

David Harouche

Founder & CEO, Multimedia Plus

Dave Harouche is Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Technology Officer of Multimedia Plus. For more than 20 years, Mr. Harouche has developed innovative, technology-driven programs for a broad range of clients, making Multimedia Plus the foremost provider of learning and communications solutions and a resource for market intelligence.

Mr. Harouche oversees all company operations. Prior to founding Multimedia Plus, he worked at Ann Taylor in a variety of roles, from systems training and support to video production.

Multimedia Plus is transforming the way brands communicate globally. MMP's patented technology platform, INCITE, ensures performance and execution of company strategies - where it counts - with customers. The company's programs are being used by brands globally and are translated into more than 22 languages.

Recently, MMP launched a Daily Health Check module, a new tool that is being used by the retail and hospitality industries, to help ensure a safer work environment during the pandemic and beyond.

Mr. Harouche earned a B.S. in Finance and Information Systems from New York University and graduated with honors from The Stern School of Business.

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

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Mr. Harouche can be contacted at +1 646-780-9711 or Dave@multimediaplus.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.