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Ms. Kinsley

Allison Kinsley

Chief Meeting Architect, Kinsley Meetings

Allison Kinsley is founder and Chief Meeting Architect of Kinsley Meetings, a strategic meeting management company. With a diverse client base, Kinsley Meetings manages over 60 meetings per year.

Prior to founding Kinsley Meetings in 1993, Ms. Kinsley managed meetings for a variety of associations, including the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, the US Space Foundation and The Healthcare Forum.

Ms. Kinsley's meetings industry volunteer roles currently include the Chair of the Event Industry Council (EIC) Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Commission and advisory and curriculum committees for the Metro State University of Denver School of Hospitality, Events & Tourism. Past volunteer leadership roles include International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International, Vice Chair Board of Trustees for the MPI Foundation, Past President of Meetings Professionals Int'l Rocky Mountain Chapter, a member of the Customer Advisory Board for PSAV and ASAE Meetings & Expositions Section Council.

Ms. Kinsley holds the following certifications: Certification in Meeting Management (CMM), Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certification in Event Design (CED).  She was recognized as the 2010 Meetings Industry Leader of the Year by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado and 2002 MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter Meeting Planner of the Year.

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

Ms. Kinsley can be contacted at +1 303-887-6168 or allison@kinsleymeetings.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.