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Mr. Davidson

Cris Davidson

Sr. Director of the Americas, FCS

Cris Davidson currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and holds the position of Sr. Director of the Americas for a leading Global Hospitality Technology firm, FCS, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In his role, Mr. Davidson has complete P&L responsibilities and was recruited to expand the presence of FCS through the development of strategic channels throughout North & South America. Previous to his position with FCS, Mr. Davidson has been a serial entrepreneur, initially starting a global consulting practice, ITS, in 1993 with offices in the US and Dubai and clients including Jumeirah, IHG and Ritz Carlton. Later he started a firm, CNI, that developed an award winning software/hardware platform that was a precursor to what is now becoming a hospitality brand standard for mobile deployment. Mr. Davidson's real passion is his family, coaching his three children in all their various sporting activities and his involvement with the non-profit world, in particular those organizations whose mission is the betterment of children's lives. Mr. Davidson was a founding member of the local Make-A-Wish chapter in 1994, later he sat on the MAWFA Board of Directors for six years, holding the role of Chairman of the Chapter Performance Committee his last four years as well as a sitting role on the Executive Committee and the Strategic Planning Committees. He has also held Board positions with Starlight Foundation and a Georgia based organization, HealthMPowers, targeting childhood obesity and other health related challenges. This was accomplished through an interactive experience brought directly into the individual schools throughout the state. Davidson attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a BS in marketing. For more information, please contact Mr. Davidson at cris.davidson@planet1world.com or visit www.fcscs.com for more information on FCS' comprehensive suite of hospitality technology product solutions.

Mr. Davidson can be contacted at 714-731-2350 or cris.davidson@planet1world.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.