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Mr. Koethner

Michael Koethner

Wellness & Healing Consultant, Michael Koethner

Michael Koethner is currently residing in Beijing and is in partnership with various international firms in various countries, such as US, Germany, Thailand, Slovakia, Africa, China to name a few. Emerging from the handicraft industry with exposure to wood-crafting, forge-craft, mechanical and electrical, Mr. Koethner eventually entered the hospitality industry with a further extensive move into the wellness/healing sector. Over the years he has accumulated extensive knowledge and understanding and is therefore very much able to merge many features of life with a very practical (hands-on) approach, based on his experience.

Mr. Koethner has worked, with and for various internationally and nationally renowned companies as well as for and with bespoke high-profile enterprises and private business owners. Mr. Koethner is now involved/engaged in projects ranging from investment, bespoke wellness retreat projects, deluxe private residential real estate projects, to name a few. He has been in China since 2006 and has gained a fairly good insight of the market, its possible future outlook and some foreseeable set-backs within a fast-growing environment.

Mr. Koethner is a graduate from the Heidelberg Hotel Management School in Germany, holding a Government and Heidelberg Chamber of Industry & Commerce accredited "Trade Masters" in International Hotel Kitchen Management, and a "TTT - Train The Trainer" Certificate accredited by the Berlin Chamber of Industry & Commerce. In addition to that, Mr. Koethner is also a graduate from the "ACNT - Australian College of Natural Therapies", in Sydney, Australia and holds 4 Diplomas (Sports-Injury Therapy, Aromatherapy, Remedial Massage and Remedial Therapies) and 1 Certificate Level 4 in Integrated Body-Work Therapies. Furthermore, he is a graduate from the "Border College of Natural Therapies" in Melbourne, Australia and holds a Certificate Level4 in Bowen Therapy.

At irregular intervals he is offering insights into some of the subjects that are currently on the rise or already been talked about. His purpose, when writing, is to create a certain level of awareness of what is happening subconsciously in the dominant masses of humanity and in each individual person and present a point of view that currently only a few consider as valuable, traceable and somewhat acceptable. He has previously contributed to the Hotel Executive Magazine and for "Spa China" a few years back.


Please visit http://www.1421consulting.com for more information.

Mr. Koethner can be contacted at +86 186-1224-5038 or mkoethner@yahoo.com.au

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.