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Mr. Kremp

Paul R. Kremp

General Manager, Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

A 35-year hotel veteran, Paul Kremp started his career in the hospitality industry in high school working summers at Walt Disney World. He worked in various hourly and management positions until 1981. After college Mr. Kremp went on to serve in management positions for Hospitality Management Corporation in Dallas, TX, Radisson Hotels Worldwide in Minneapolis, MN, Danela Hotels in Philadelphia PA, Hudson Hotels Corporation in Rochester, NY, GF Hotels in Philadelphia, PA, and Summit Hospitality, Inc. in Rochester, NY. While at Radisson Mr. Kremp worked at several hotels throughout the United States, including as General Manager of the Radisson Hotel Harbour View Hotel in San Diego, CA. Mr. Kremp has worked in both hotel management, franchise and owner operator capacity throughout his career at brands including Radisson, Ramada, Marriott, Red Roof Inn, Microtel, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, and for independent hotels. He is currently General Manager of the Rochester Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, one of the largest hotels in downtown Rochester, New York. The hotel, which is owned by Summit Hospitality, Inc of New York, has 362 rooms and suites, several restaurants and extensive meeting services and banquet space.

Mr. Kremp can be contacted at 585-324-0032 or pkremp@rochesterplaza.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.