Editorial Board   

Ms. Knutson

Bonnie Knutson

Professor, The School of Hospitality Business/MSU

Bonnie J. Knutson is a professor in The School of Hospitality Business in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Widely known as an authority on emerging lifestyle trends and innovative marketing strategies, she often consults with business leaders who want to understand and take advantage of changing consumer demands.

Dr. Knutson's work has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and on PBS and CNN. She has also had numerous articles appear in industry, business, and academic publications. With her wit and entertaining style, Dr. Knutson is a frequent speaker for executive education as well as business and industry meetings, workshops, and seminars.

She has been a featured presenter for the National Restaurant Association, the American Hotel & Motel Association, Meeting Professionals International, Club Managers Association of America, National Automated Merchandising Association, US Air Force, American Marketing Association, as well as financial, health care, automotive, and education organizations throughout the United States and abroad.

Dr. Knutson is also editor of the prestigious Journal of Hospitality & Leisure Marketing. Dr. Knutson has been awarded the Withrow Award for outstanding teaching and research as well as the prestigious Golden Key Teaching Excellence Award for continued outstanding instruction and dedication to students. She has also been named an Advertising Education Foundation Teacher-Scholar.

Dr. Knutson is currently on the Advisory Council of the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, the Travel, Tourism and Recreation Resource Center, the National Michigan State University Alumni Association, and Curveware.

Ms. Knutson can be contacted at 517-353-9211 or drbonnie@msu.edu

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.