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Mr. Allender

Robert Allender

Founder, Energy Resources Management

Robert Allender is adviser to the hotel industry on energy management excellence, a role he been filling since 1992. These over 20 years of advising boards, senior management, and aspiring hotel owners on the part that energy management excellence can play in their fortunes has resulted in Mr. Allender becoming one of Asia's most well regarded energy management experts and sustainability thought-leaders.

Mr. Allender's company, Energy Resources Management has developed proprietary tools which allow clients to extract maximum value from every dollar they spend on energy, and to move beyond thinking of energy as a cost to be minimized and instead treating it as a resource to be managed.

As a former hotelier (six years with Westin back in the days when it was Western International Hotels) and the first Australian to graduate from the Hotel School at Cornell) Mr. Allender has been able to tailor services that deliver exactly what a specific hotel needs by incorporating each hotel's unique technological, financial, operational, contractual, and managerial profile.

Leading his company's drive into an expanding suite of services including sophisticated hotel-industry-specific energy management maturity assessments, energy management road-map creation, and tools to turn energy management excellence into a brand asset, Mr. Allender's work has resulted in clients producing tens of millions of dollars of fresh profit and brand value.

Mr. Allender contributed a number of entries to the International Encyclopedia of Hospitality Management, edited by A Pizam and published by Elsevier, and later to the similarly arranged International Dictionary of Hospitality Management. He has also taught the Macquarie Graduate School of Management masters degree course on Hospitality Property and Facilities Management.

Please visit http://www.hotel-energy.com for more information.

Mr. Allender can be contacted at 852-2528-2285 or allender@hotel-energy.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.