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Mr. LoBosco

James LoBosco

Managing Director, Embassy Suites Baltimore Downtown

James A. LoBosco has over 25 years of professional experience in the hospitality industry. Having served as Hotel General Manager at hotels in Annapolis, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC, James has experienced a variety of businesses and has a track record for developing strong teams, repositioning and transforming hotels. Both his management and life philosophy is based on fostering a positive environment and maintaining balance. One shining example was when Mr. LoBosco started in Annapolis, the Capital to Capital Youth Experience, a program designed to expose students to the many facets of business and government, and how they interact at a local level. Students partake in a two day field trip to Annapolis and DC in hopes to unveil the mystery and spark interest in these areas. Mr. LoBosco was Chairman of the Board for the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau and now serves as Chairman of the Maryland Hotel and Lodging Association; he has served on the Board of Directors for Safe Shores, a Children's Advocacy Center in Washington DC and is a long standing advisor to the Village Academy in Washington. In addition to awards and recognition received for community involvement, James was recognized locally by the Washington DC Hotel Association and nationally by the American Hotel & Lodging Association as General Manager of the Year. When Mr. LoBosco is not working, he enjoys traveling and working on home improvement projects.

Mr. LoBosco can be contacted at 410-727-2222 or james.lobosco@hilton.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.