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Mr. Hassan

Nur Hassan

Director of Information Technology, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

Nur Hassan has served as the director of information technology at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills for the past four years. At the age of eighteen, Mr. Hussan left his home in Pakistan to pursue a degree in Engineering at Arizona State University. This education trained him to be a problem-solver, which he notes is a key asset when working with technology. Since then, he has garnered his expertise in hotel technology, while working at several luxury hotels. Driven by the excitement of a challenge, Mr. Hussan dedicates himself to the un-relinquishing pursuit of extraordinary developments within the arena of technology in order to take Four Seasons to the next level. With over 11 years of experience in various systems applications and business process development, accompanied by a broad knowledge of technologies and development tools, Mr. Hussan has offered Four Seasons multiple advancements that continuously elevate the hotel to the next level in terms of technological and overall innovation. Mr. Hussan's most notable contributions to the hotel include mobile applications, strategy development, package selection, enterprise re-engineering, system implementation, security and controls, as well as testing and support. He has created numerous policies and procedures to ensure information systems reliability and accessibility as well as programs designed specifically to prevent and defend against unauthorized access to systems, networks, and data. In 2011, Mr. Hussan received the prestigious award of Manager of the Quarter. Since his arrival at the Four Seasons in 2008, Mr. Hussan has helped to solidify the position of Four Seasons Los Angeles as a leader in hotel technology, innovation, and customer service. His contributions are as endless as his determination to surpass the expectations of the company and of the hotel's treasured guests. Guest-technology has always been a fascination of his and now this fascination has translated into incomparable success for the hotel, especially with the implementation of his idea to install iPad2 devices with ICE technology in all 285 guestrooms and suites, keeping us ahead of the competition. Mr. Hussan can be contacted at 310-273-2222 or at nur.hassan@fourseasons.com

Mr. Hassan can be contacted at 310-273-2222 or nur.hassan@fourseasons.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.