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Mr. Hale

Scott Hale

Chief Experience Officer, Brand New Stay

Scott Hale is the founder and Chief Experience Officer of Brand New Stay®; a company specializing in redefining, reimagining and reinventing hospitality venues and the guest experience. Mr. Hale began his career in hospitality overseeing resorts in Kissimmee and Long Key, FL for the Company Operated Properties division of the largest camping brand in the business. Mr. Hale also served as the Director of Inns and Resorts for a prominent Northwest management company, overseeing exceptional properties in breathtaking locations. At Brand New Stay®, the passion is new. New projects, new ideas, new interpretations, new ways to enhance the guest experience and new ways to get things done. From unique outdoor lodgings to distinctive boutique hotels, Brand New Stay® creates authentic, effortless and inspiring experiences that are: local, socially responsible, eco-sensitive and historically mindful.

Currently, Mr. Hale and Brand New Stay® support an iconic waterfront Inn in Friday Harbor, WA. Mr. Hale also founded LEANTO® which helps adventurous guests enjoy unique Luxury Camping experiences in the Northwest. LEANTO® glamping on Orcas Island launched in 2015 and, in addition to receiving wonderful guest feedback, has received plenty of attention from the press. LEANTO® has been mentioned or featured in The Seattle Times, The Wall Street Journal, Sunset Magazine, and Yahoo! Travel.

Mr. Hale holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the State University of New York and a Certificate in Strategic Hospitality Management from Cornell University. A tireless outdoor enthusiast, Mr. Hale enjoys glamping, hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, camping, and, of course, exploring new places. 

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

Mr. Hale can be contacted at 877-589-3226 or hello@brandnewstay.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.