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Ms. Payne

Anne Payne

CEO, BeDynamic

Anne Payne is CEO and co-founder for BeDynamic, a Bellevue, Wash.-based digital content management company that provides timely destination information sought by the travel industry. Anne leverages a comprehensive information management background with expertise in business development, project management, and sales to drive BeDynamic's business strategy. Prior to co-founding BeDynamic, Anne spent more than a decade at Nordstrom Inc., where she served in a variety of roles ranging from sales to leading the development of business systems that would improve the customer experience. Recognizing the need for service-driven businesses to better connect with their customers, BeDynamic was launched in March 2000 to leverage the best in technology, quality information, and service with the need for organizations to build meaningful relationships with customers.

Ms. Payne can be contacted at 425-641-0725 or annep@bedynamic.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.