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Ms. Bair

Amy Bair

Career Services Analyst, Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Amy Bair is a Career Services Analyst at Florida international University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. In this newly created role, Ms. Bair tracks and measures the impact, progress and effectiveness of the Career Development Office (CDO). Additionally, she measures graduate and alumni salaries, job positions, employment status, etc. These multiple indicators are then studied to determine how the Career Development Office and college can best benefit the students. Ms. Bair began the journey of obtaining a second Bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management where she was fortunate enough to take Professor Greg Bohan's Revenue Management course. Amy also holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Information Management from Arizona State University. Ms. Bair can be reached at abair@fiu.edu.

Please visit www.fiu.edu for more information.

Ms. Bair can be contacted at 305-919-4534 or amymdit@gmail.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.