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Mr. Pledger

David Pledger

Associate, Full House Hotel Software

David Pledger devised and built the software tools necessary to market his hotel online. Upon retiring he moved the suite of tools to a private company and modified them for general use. Day to day he now oversees their development and their application in the hospitality industry. He is also the editor and contributes to marketing-your-hotel.com, a new blog. Mr. Pledger has been associated with the hospitality industry as a supplier and operator for over thirty years. In 2002 he took over a closed independent hotel in Somerset, England and built it up into a successful accommodation, restaurant and function business, along the way gathering four star awards for accommodation and rosette awards for food. Mr. Pledger also had experience of programming and the internet, born out of building the second largest amusement machine company in South West England. He used this background to build the hotel marketing toolset now called Full House, evolving step by step as internet and mobile technology also evolved. He is in no doubt that the application of technology to marketing his hotel on line and locally was a major factor in the success enjoyed by the hotel.

Mr. Pledger can be contacted at 044 1749 838833 or david@fullhousehotelsoftware.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.