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Mr. Ziegler

Craig Ziegler

President, SuiteLinq, Inc.

With over twenty-five years of experience building brands and shaping product strategy for clients in a variety of industries, Craig Ziegler is a multimedia innovator with roots in the earliest days of the interactive revolution. His is the driving vision behind the SuiteLinq concept, growing the company from its origins to its current position as an innovator in the hospitality industry. Achieving true and meaningful cross-media connectivity between hotels and their guests is the heart of the SuiteLinq solution as well as the core concept behind the new LINQ360 Innovation Center, Powered by Microsoft. Mr. Ziegler forged the relationships that enabled SuiteLinq to become a valued contributor to Microsoft's hospitality strategy worldwide and one of the youngest companies ever named as a Microsoft Global Alliance Partner. With Microsoft, he then helped unify fellow next-generation hospitality systems innovators around the LINQ360 Innovation Center in Las Vegas. Mr. Ziegler's vision has landed him seats on numerous boards including: HP Thought Leaders, NASA/Goddard Incubator board, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), Nevada Development Association Advisory Board and the Economical Advisory Board - Office of the Mayor, Baltimore City.

Mr. Ziegler can be contacted at 610-917-3863 or cziegler@suitelinq.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.