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Mr. Imerlishvili

Ira Imerlishvili

Lead Designer / Senior Associate, DiLeonardo

Ira Imerlishvili's adventure with design started at a very young age. As a son of a famous Georgian set designer, he spent most of his childhood on sets of premier theaters and opera houses. He followed his father's footsteps; first graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, Georgia and later, designing sets and costumes for top opera and theatrical performances. Mr. Imerlishvili brings with him 15 years of experience in hospitality design including high-end urban and resort hotels, restaurants, golf clubs and residential interiors all over the globe. He shares his extensive design experience by mentoring other fellow designers who admire his unique design style and project management skills. As a Lead Designer / Senior Associate, Mr. Imerlishvili leads teams through the design process from inception of the concept, through the development stages, straight through to the completion and installation. Mr. Imerlishvili holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Interior Architecture & Design from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He also recieved a Fine Arts degree in Set, Costume and Lighting Design from Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts located in Tbilisi, Georgia. “Excellent results are achieved by engaging clients into the creative process; helping them create what they wanted all along.” A fun fact about Mr. Imerlishvili is that he designed and hosted the Georgian Hospitality House for the country of Georgia during the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996.

Mr. Imerlishvili can be contacted at 401-732-2900 or iimerlishvili@dileonardo.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.