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Mr. Paddock

Shayne Paddock

Vice President of Product Development & Innovation, TravelClick

Shayne Paddock is a technology and business leader with over 23 years of experience working in the areas of Product Management, Software Development, CRM, Marketing Automation, Guest Profiling, Loyalty Management, Search Engine Marketing, Email Marketing, and Hospitality Systems Integration. He is currently the Vice President of Product Development & Innovation for Guest Management Solutions at TravelClick an Amadeus company, a global provider of innovative cloud-based, revenue-generating solutions for the hospitality industry.

Mr. Paddock's areas of responsibility include Product Management, Customer Engagement, Sales Solutioning, and the overall thought leadership of TravelClick's suite of Guest Management solutions. TravelClick's Guest Management Solutions provide unparalleled insights into guests, giving hoteliers the ability to effectively and continuously engage them at all stages of the guest journey.

Prior to TravelClick Mr. Paddock was the CIO for ZDIrect, a hospitality marketing automation company that was acquired by TravelClick in October of 2015. Before working in the hospitality industry he worked with the search engine Excite.com where he helped build one of the internet's first commercial email platforms in DeliverE, keyword search term marketing, media placement, as well as several other dot com startups all revolving around database marketing.

Mr. Paddock holds a diploma in Business Administration with a major in Information Systems from Algonquin College as well as two patents in the email marketing space with regards to dynamic content and personalization. He lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife Kathie and his son Noah. In his free time he likes to ski, run, hike, coach little league, play hockey, read, and disconnect from WIFI.

Please visit http://www.travelclick.com for more information.

Mr. Paddock can be contacted at 212-817-4819 or spaddock@travelclick.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.