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Mr. Willm

Frederic Willm

Director of Digital Marketing, Design Hotels AG

Frederic Willm leads Design Hotels' digital and mobile marketing strategies across global territories. He took on the challenge 2 years ago with the clear aim to considerably enrich the company's online presence. Previously, he created significant value for B2C e-commerce and media businesses for over 15 years, in industries including digital content, large audience portals, subscription services, entertainment and dating sites. Mr. Willm worked for several of the Internet's big players, including the Amazon subsidiary of Audible.com in France and at the EMEA mobile division of Fox. His specialties include customer acquisition (across SEA, SEO, Display, Affiliates…), customer retention and loyalty, as well as conversion optimization. What distinguishes Mr. Willm's expertise is his creativity and brand understanding, coupled with a strong focus on analytics and data-driven marketing. Mr. Willm initially graduated from France's Clefs d'Or Concierge school, then later studied Marketing at one of Europe's top business school, ESCP Europe. For any questions, he can be reached via Linkedin on http://www.linkedin.com/in/fwillm or on f.willm@designhotels.com

Mr. Willm can be contacted at 49030884940072 or f.willm@designhotels.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.