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Mr. Mootz

Harald Mootz

Director of Concierge Relations, Les Clefs d'Or USA

Harald Mootz is an 18-year veteran in the New York City hotel industry, having started sparked his career one summer at the Capitol Hilton hotel in Washington DC. His Concierge career began with the Hotel Plaza Athenee in 1994, moving to the New York Palace in 2006, and currently a team member at the famed St. Regis New York since 2008. An active member and former President of the New York City Concierge Association of Hotel Concierges, Mr. Mootz now holds the position of Director of Concierge Relations for the only professional Hotel Concierge organization in the world called Les Clefs d'Or USA (the Golden Keys). Awarded Concierge of the Year at the annual Silver Plume Awards, and a three-time nominee and finalist of New York City's Big Apple Stars award, he is proud of his accomplishments and continues his quest to deliver bespoke service to his discerning guests. With studies at Penn State Behrend in Erie, and a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University in Liberal Studies (with minors in German, French and Communications), Mr. Mootz applies his skills every day on the job. His parents, of German descent, brought him up in Vienna as a baby, he also had the chance to live in Paris France for 2 years, where he learned to speak French at the American School of Paris. Well traveled, Mr. Mootz enjoys exploring new cites and countries and sharing his experiences with his guests and counterparts. He currently works with a team of 8 that combined, offers 154 years of Concierge service!

Mr. Mootz can be contacted at 212-753-4500 or conciergerelations@lcdusa.org

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.