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Mr. Kall

Rob Kall

President, Bookt LLC

Rob Kall, President of Bookt LLC, is a 'technopreneur' at heart. He founded Bookt (www.bookt.com ) in 2007 to fill a large void in the global vacation rental industry, drawing upon his 12+ years of experience in developing and implementing some of the most sophisticated (and visited) real estate and property websites in the world. Mr. Kall is a master of emerging web technologies, especially as they are applied to the travel industry, as well as behavioral targeting and engagement, deciphering marketing trends into widgets and applications, and online distribution hubs beyond the GDS. Mr. Kall has designed and led the implementation of Remax.com - # 2 Real Estate Site in US (was #10 at project start), designed and led the implementation of LeadStreet, a CRM and Lead management system used by over 70,000 RE/MAX agents - Has delivered over 5M leads to RE agents in less than 2.5 years, and designed the architecture for the First National MLS Search Enabled Brokerage web portal for Help-U-Sell. Mr. Kall also has a successful track record as an entrepreneur. In 2001 he co-founded RECHANNEL, a real estate technology company, where he laid the groundwork for the REMS platform used by 5 of the largest real estate companies in the world (RE/MAX, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, ERA & Sotheby's International Real Estate). In 2004 RECHANNEL was sold to eNeighborhoods where Mr. K"all was VP of Web Development until 2007. Mr. Kall has Bachelors degree in Computer Science from University of Boras, Sweden.

Mr. Kall can be contacted at 800-941-0868 or rob@bookt.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.