Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Olivieri

Kevin Olivieri

Social Media Analyst, TIG Global

Kevin Olivieri is the Social Media Analyst at hospitality-focused digital media agency TIG Global, where he focuses on the development of new media strategies for clientele. Mr. Olivieri's role is based on working with clients to develop innovative social media marketing initiatives, monitoring developments in this fast paced segment, and to weigh, balance and refine strategy to ensure that TIG Global's clients are consistently maximizing their marketing efforts. Mr. Olivieri's interest in social media was initially sparked by an internship completed during his studies for a short lived internet startup company in the healthcare industry, SameDayDr.com. In this role, he was tasked with creating social media and SEO strategies for the company, leading him to focus on this branch of marketing as a career path. Mr. Olivieri is a graduate of American University in Washington, DC. During his time at American, he had the opportunity to travel with a select group of business students to visit multinational corporations in Central Europe to further understand business processes internationally (including Proctor & Gamble and GE). He graduated cum laude with a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in International Marketing in Fall of 2009 You can follow Mr. Olivieri on Twitter under the handle @KevinOlivieri and read his blog at gamehaschanged.me

Mr. Olivieri can be contacted at 301-841-4790 or kolivieri@tigglobal.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.