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Mr. Barrett

Johnny Barrett

Business Growth , GoSpacely

Johnny Barrett knows how to produce results by rounding-up great teams and helping them identify and achieve measurable goals. Colleagues describe him as an "out-of-the-box" type of person with creativity and integrity. He is a persuasive leader with a strong vision and excellent integration skills. He possesses the ability to quickly assess market changes and respond to competitive pressures in the industry. Mr. Barrett helps develop technologies and methodologies that are focused on how to leverage technology as a profitable part of Immersive Experiential Marketing in the Hospitality Industry. During his tenure, Mr. Barrett has worked with a wide spectrum of properties - from large Las Vegas properties to boutique and independently owned hotels and resorts. Mr. Barrett describes Immersive Marketing as an all-encompassing experience where the guests guide their own experience across user-friendly technologies. Guest engagement is the key of Experiential Marketing. Mr. Barrett has identified marketing trends that focus on challenging the status-quo, where guests get engaged in a more dynamic interactive experience. This marketing practice has led to increased guest bookings through positive customer exposure. Prior to GoSpacely, Mr. Barrett enjoyed over thirty years in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development in the high technology industry. Mr. Barrett received many awards for growth and development within the Fortune 500 world. He worked with many innovative organizations, world-wide, which recognized his ability to move a concept into reality with profitable results. Mr. Barrett attributes his success to applying solid business practices - market research, product development, sales, and marketing resource deployment - with a high level of creativity. Mr. Barrett is often found as a public speaker sharing ideas on topics ranging from business growth to the practical application of technology in social media. He is a highly respected member of the SCORE National Marketing Committee in Washington, DC. His latest venture at GoSpacely is the development of a cutting edge immersive experience for Internet and mobile users alike. He is continually involved in understanding guest experiences and factors that drive guest engagement.

Mr. Barrett can be contacted at 303-829-7784 or Johnny@GoSpacely.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.