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Mr. DiGuiseppe

Anthony DiGuiseppe

Principal, DiGuiseppe Architect

Anthony J. DiGuiseppe AIA RIBA is President and CEO of DiGuiseppe Architect, an International Hotel and Resort Design firm, with offices in New York and Boca Raton. He is a Registered Architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects since 1985, as well as a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Mr. DiGuiseppe attended the United States Naval Academy for Naval Architecture and Analytical Management; he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Engineering from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor of Architecture from City College of New York. Mr. DiGuiseppe's architecture and interior design work has been published extensively in the United States, the Caribbean and Great Britain, including Hospitality Design, European Spa, American Spa, Hotel Design, Boutique Hotel Design, Interior Design and Hotel and Motel Management. He has spoken at conferences for the hospitality industry; the Lodging Conference, BITEC, HITEC, IMN and the Global Wellness Summit. He has written many articles for Hotel Business regarding trends in architecture and design. Recent hospitality projects include hotels & spas: The ESPA at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, The Artezen Hotel in the Financial District in New York, Exhale Spa and Fitness throughout the USA, the Trump Soho featuring the first and only hammam in NYC, Gurneys' Inn Resort & Spa, The Emerson Resort & Spa, The Providence Biltmore Hotel's spa suites, and the Carvi Hotel as well as and a sustainable resort concept in Sint Maarten. DiGuiseppe has been listed amongst the Top 100 Hotel Design Firms by Hotel & Motel Management Magazine for each year since 2007.

Mr. DiGuiseppe can be contacted at 212-439-9611 or diarcht@msn.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.