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Mr. Devlin

Tuckey Devlin

President, Hemingway Hotels & Resorts

Tuckey Devlin leads the growth and development programming of Hemingway Hotel and Resorts. He is a seasoned real estate and business development professional with over 28 years of experience in all aspects of the industries, including development, project and property management, finance, sales and leasing, food and beverage operations, tax planning, accounting and syndication. Since 1983, Mr. Devlin has been a principal in numerous real property businesses, including a Texas real estate management and syndication firm, two national apartment housing redevelopment companies and an international services company providing a wide array of real estate and financial services now supporting the development of Hemingway Hotel and Resorts projects. As a principal or owner's representative, Mr. Devlin has executed various real estate projects totaling over $350,000,000 and has been responsible for the management and profitability of a diverse real estate portfolio in excess of $1 billion in five states. Mr. Devlin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Finance and Real Estate.

Mr. Devlin can be contacted at 305-735-8575 or inquiries@hemingwayhotels.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.