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Ms. Mongeon

Chanel Mongeon

Assistant Chief Concierge, Marriott Chateau Champlain

Since a very young age Chanel Mongeon knew that her calling was to work amongst the public. Communicating with people had always been easy and very pleasurable for her. Fed by an insatiable curiosity in life, with time she decided to combine her passion for traveling with her desire to help people. Ms. Mongeon graduated in 2003 from the Institut de Tourisme et d`Hotellerie du Quebec (ITHQ) in Montreal. After having worked a couple of summers as a tour guide on the Amphibian-Bus Tour in Old Montreal, the experience allowed her to see the city in a different way, allowing her to refine her public speaking skills and lastly, it gave her a taste of what it was to constantly work with tourists. With curiosity & ambition came more responsibilities. Ms. Mongeon started expanding my her responsibilities, getting more involved in the marketing of the company. This allowed her to establish some important contacts in the tourism industry and was instrumental in her progression to the concierge profession. In 2004 Ms. Mongeon officially made her career move into the hotel industry, working at the Marriott Chateau Champlain for the past 8 years occupying the role of the Assistant Chef Concierge for 6 years and the role of Chef Concierge (per interim) for a year and a half. With her full time duties as Chef Concierge, she is also very involved in the local community, volunteering her time to 'Les Clefs d`Or Canada'- the association known worldwide as the symbol of outstanding and professional service. Ms. Mongeon has been a Clefs d'Or member since 2007.

Ms. Mongeon can be contacted at 514-878-9000 x221 or serviceconcierge@chateauchamplain.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.