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Mr. Metivier

Pascal Metivier

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, OpenWays

Pascal Metivier is widely recognized within the global hospitality industry and the security industry as a specialist in hotel security, responsible for several of the security technology patents now in existence. In 2009 he launched OpenWays as the hospitality industry's first global provider of mobile-based access-management solutions. With 17-plus years of electronic-lock/door hardware and access management expertise, Mr. Metivier developed a way for consumers worldwide to use any of the 5.5 billion cell phones on the market today (any network and any OS standards) as a mobile room key. Prior to founding OpenWays, Mr. Metivier served as President of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality EMEA and Latin America, parent company of VingCard, Elsafe, TimeLox, Uniquey and SafePlace companies. In addition to his leadership role he also led a major NFC mobile phone initiative that earned the title: “The Best NFC Service of the Year 2008” by The NFC Forum. Before joining ASSA ABLOY, Mr. Metivier served as Global Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Onity Inc. (formerly TESA Entry Systems), a global provider of electronic locking systems and energy management systems. He was largely responsible for leading the company's sales growth and re-branding initiative. He also made key contributions in leadership positions with CISA Security Products, CISATRON LTD, CISA Spa and SECURIDEV/FONTAINE. Mr. Metivier resides in Paris, France, with his wife and three daughters.

Mr. Metivier can be contacted at ++ 33 6 85 622 306 or pmetivier@openways.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.