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Mr. Rauch

Robert Rauch

Chief Executive Officer, RAR Hospitality

Robert Rauch, CHA, is a nationally recognized hotelier and CEO of RAR Hospitality, a leading hospitality management and consulting firm. Mr. Rauch has over 40 years of hospitality-related management experience in all facets of the industry.

Widely recognized as the "hotel guru," Mr. Rauch maintains a blog in which he expounds upon insights and trends in the hospitality industry at www.hotelguru.com. Along with the blog, he also publishes Hospitality Innsights, an electronic newsletter that is distributed monthly.

Mr. Rauch has held nearly every position in the hotel business including but not limited to General Manager of full-service Four Diamond hotels for Hilton and Embassy Suites. Mr. Rauch's education includes a bachelor's degree in Hotel Administration from Western International University and a master's degree in Tourism Administration from Arizona State University.

Mr. Rauch is a Certified Hotel Administrator and has served as chairman of numerous tourism organizations nationally and in the western United States. He has been directly involved in developing several leading brand hotels, some of which the firm still owns and manages. RAR Hospitality currently operates hotels in California, Arizona and Colorado with several under development.

Mr. Rauch proudly gives back to the community through his position as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University where he teaches Entrepreneurial Recreation and Tourism. He also serves on numerous Boards of Directors for profit and charitable organizations. Mr. Rauch frequently speaks at hospitality industry conferences and meetings. He is also widely quoted on television and radio programs and in numerous publications.

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

Mr. Rauch can be contacted at 858-239-1800 or rauch@hotelguru.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.