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Mr. Amdekar

Jayesh Amdekar

Principal Consultant in Travel & Hospitality Practice, Infosys Limited

Jay Amdekar is Principal Consultant in Travel & Hospitality Practice at Infosys Limited, a leading IT consulting and services company. Jay has over seventeen years of international experience in operations, business consulting and IT consulting in travel, hospitality & gaming industries. At Infosys, Mr. Amdekar leads engagements with clients in travel & hospitality industry. He has worked with some of the leading hotel and casino brands, travel management companies and independent software vendors in North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Before joining Infosys Mr. Amdekar worked with Ernst & Young, where he worked with their travel industry clients to conduct business process reviews and recommend leading practices to improve business processes. Prior to joining consulting he worked for hotel chains like MövenPick, Regent International and Taj Group of Hotels. He held several managerial roles in the areas of Revenue Management, Reservations and Guest Services Operations. Visit Mr. Amdekar at www.linkedin.com/in/jayamdekar/ or follow him on twitter @thehotelgeek

Mr. Amdekar can be contacted at 678-636-9081 or jayesh_amdekar@infosys.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.