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Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire

Bruno Bernier St-Hilaire

Concierge, Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal

Bruno Bernier St-Hilaire is Concierge, and a Member of Les Clefs d'Or Canada at Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal. Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire studied Law and Politics at the Universite de Montreal in Canada and is completing a Master Certificate in Hospitality Management with the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. A Concierge with close to 10 years of experience, Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire started his carreer at the Fairmont Tremblant, in the province of Quebec. Shortly after, he was selected to be part of the Concierge team at Le St-James in Montreal, one of the most prestigious hotel property in Canada, where he has learned his trade. He has since been a Concierge at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal for the past 4 years, during which he was selected for Starwood's Associates Development Program (ADP) and assisted several departments, both Front of the House and Back of the House. This combined experience gives Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire a comprehensive knowledge of the importance of inter-departmental work cooperation and the impact it can have on the client experience. A member of the Canadian chapter of Les Clefs d'Or, Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire is involved in his hotel's Social Media Comittee, both as a writer for the hotel's Social Media Presence and as a collaborator within the local group. He was featured in an article in the Montreal Scope Magazine and has most recently contributed to a television show on the Hotel Industry.

Mr. Bernier St-Hilaire can be contacted at 514-878-2000 or bruno.bernier-st-hilaire@starwoodhotels.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.