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Ms. Hawksworth

Cheryl Hawksworth

Regional Sales Manager, IDeaS, a SAS Company

Cheryl Hawksworth is a Regional Sales Manager for IDeaS - the premier provider of Pricing, Forecasting and Optimization solutions and services for the Hospitality, Travel & Transportation Industries. Ms. Hawksworth has a wealth of regional industry knowledge and leadership experience and she joined IDeaS following a successful tenure as the Head of Revenue for Grosvenor House, London. Prior to that, Ms. Hawksworth served as Group Commercial Manager at Champneys, a UK-based luxury Spa and Resort Group. Ms. Hawksworth regularly consults with individual hoteliers and hotel groups alike, to implement strong revenue management cultures across portfolios, supported by a strong commitment to her client's ongoing financial success. Ms. Hawksworth is also a founding member of the Association of Professional Revenue Management and the BAHA Hospitality Revenue Management Community.

Ms. Hawksworth can be contacted at 4407887486181 or Cheryl.Hawksworth@ideas.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.