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Mr. Sharma

Chinmai Sharma

Vice President Revenue Management, Wyndham Hotel Group

Chinmai Sharma is a successful revenue management leader with more than fourteen years of progressive hospitality experience in the fields of Market Analysis, Revenue Management and Electronic Distribution with companies like Taj Group of Hotels, Hyatt International, Expedia Inc and Wyndham Worldwide. Mr. Sharma joined the Wyndham Hotel Group in 2007 and is responsible for the overall Revenue Management process for Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Wingate by Wyndham and Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham brands which includes setting strategic direction and alignment for the brands and specific hotels. He also oversees enhancement and delivery of centralized revenue management services to its portfolio of managed and franchised hotels globally. Mr. Sharma holds a B.A with Math from University of Delhi, a Diploma in Economics from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management in India and a joint MBA in Hospitality from ESSEC Business School, Paris and Cornell Hotel School (M.M.H), NY. He is a current board member of HSMAI's Revenue Management Advisory Board and is a regular speaker and panelist at industry conferences. He is based at Wyndham Hotel Group's global headquarters in Parsippany, NJ.

Mr. Sharma can be contacted at 973-753-6848 or chinmai.sharma@wyn.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.