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Dr. Forgacs

Gabor Forgacs

Professor, School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, University of Guelph

Dr. Gabor Forgacs has twenty years work experience in the hotel industry on two continents including a management position at a Four Seasons hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the position of president and general manager of a full service hotel in Budapest, Hungary.

Dr. Forgacs teaches at the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Ryerson University, Toronto since 1997. He is teaching Revenue Management for Hospitality & Tourism, The Value of Branding in Lodging, and Property Management Systems.

Dr. Forgacs is also a member of the Special Graduate Faculty of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada where he teaches Advanced Revenue Management for the MBA program.

Dr. Forgacs had received his doctorate from the Karl Marx University of Economic Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, in 1977. He has authored a book “Revenue Management: Maximizing Revenue in Hospitality Operations” published by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (2010) and he was the editor of the online discussion series “Branding and Product Specialization in Hotels” by Henry Stewart Publications (2009).

Dr. Forgacs has published articles in the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, The Hotelier Magazine (Canada), The Rooms Chronicle (U.S.), The Accommodator (Canada), The Canadian Lodging News and other print magazines. Also published in conference proceedings of the ICHRIE (International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education), plus in online publications e.g. Hotel-Online.com, ehotelier.com, hotelnewsresource.com, 4hoteliers.com, htrends.com, HVS Intrenational.com, hsyndicate.org and other electronic publications. Dr. Forgacs is frequently quoted and interviewed in the Canadian media.

Dr. Forgacs can be contacted at 416-979-5000 x6693 or gforgacs@ryerson.ca

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.