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Mr. Larkin

Enda Larkin

Founder, Dobiquity Inc.

Enda Larkin has over 30 years' experience in hospitality and tourism, first in hotel management and since 1994 as an independent consultant and business mentor with HTC Consulting. Over the past fifteen years, he has led numerous consulting projects for public and private sector clients throughout Europe and the Middle East. Interventions have varied in scope from a strategic review of the Guesthouse Sector in Ireland to supporting the establishment of a National Hotel Training Institute in Sana'a Yemen. His particular areas of expertise include: supporting strategic planning and business development in hospitality SMEs, mentoring enterprises towards attaining business excellence (EFQM), guiding process management activities to deliver operational efficiencies, leadership coaching and development, designing and delivering management development programs, implementing best practice HR policies and procedures, and conducting product and service quality assessments Mr. Larkin holds an MBA from ESCP Paris, a BSc in Management from Trinity College Dublin and a Higher Diploma in Hotel Management from the Dublin College of Catering. He is also a prolific author with the following titles in print: Ready to Lead? (Pearson/Prentice Hall 2007), How to Run a Great Hotel (How to Books 2009), Quick Win Leadership (Oak Tree Press 2010), Short Stories and Tall Tales for Managers (Oak Tree Press 2011) and The Essential Manager (CAI, 2013). In 2015 Mr. Larkin established Dobiquity, a revolutionary software service that is changing the way the global hospitality industry works. Via a user-friendly management portal, Dobiquity offers access to a growing portfolio of customisable apps that enable hospitality SMEs to save time and money, work smarter and make better decisions. Dobiquity provides an easy, affordable and secure way for hospitality managers to improve business performance by digitising important operational tasks. Mr. Larkin was born in Dublin, Ireland and currently lives in Geneva Switzerland.

Please visit http://www.dobiquity.com for more information.

Mr. Larkin can be contacted at 353-0-87-242-7917 or endalarkin@dobiquity.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.