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Mr. Creytens

Johan Creytens

Owner & General Manager, Hotel Heritage, a Relais & Chateaux Property

Johan Creytens is the General Manager and Owner of the boutique luxury Hotel Heritage, a Relais & Chateaux property located in the heart of the charming city of Bruges, in Belgium. Mr. Creytens and his wife, Isabelle, purchased the hotel in 1992, and renovated the historic 1800's mansion into the award winning 24-room hotel it is today. Mr. Creytens studied Architectural design with many years of experience as a project manager of Hotel projects. His skills were further fine-tuned with several marketing and management courses. He still wanted more and finally made his own hotel project. It became a state of the art renovation of a beautiful mansion house in Bruges into a boutique hotel. His hotel management skills were updated at the Cornell University with a post-graduate degree in Hotel Marketing.

Mr. Creytens can be contacted at +32 50 444 444 or johan.creytens@hotel-heritage.com

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.