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Mr. Munday

Trent Munday

Vice President, Steiner Spa Consulting

Trent Munday is Vice President of Steiner Spa Consulting and Regional Vice President of Mandara Spa. Both are owned by Steiner Leisure LLC, a driving force in the global spa, wellness and beauty industries. Mr. Munday joined Steiner Leisure in January 2005 after 14 years in the hotel business, with Six Senses Hotels & Resorts, where he opened the company's first Evason property in Hua Hin, Thailand as Resident Manager and COMO Hotels & Resorts where he was the opening General Manager of Uma Ubud, Bali. Having worked in Australia, USA, Thailand, Maldives, Indonesia and Malaysia, he has gained considerable experience in the hospitality industry across numerous, diverse cultural environments. Mr. Munday also spent two years at a senior management level with the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games where he was responsible for a number of portfolios including the accommodation and related services for over 17,000 Athletes and officials in The Village. It was here that he learned the art of trying to break things to make them stronger. “If you put your best work forward and then invite people to try to break it, to try to find fault in it, invariably someone will and it's often not the person you expect. Then you can go back, fix the bits that are broken, then repeat the process. Eventually, you end up with strongest possible outcome.” Mr. Munday's role is to manage and develop existing business and set the future strategic direction for the companies. One of his key responsibilities is to ensure the integrity of both the Steiner Spa Consulting and Mandara Spa brands and to identify new opportunities within the current business profile of the companies. “Put simply, my job is to deliver on our promise to our partners and maintain our position as the market leader.” says Mr. Munday. Mr. Munday's personal blog can be found at [http://trentmunday.com/#/blog][1] [1]: http://trentmunday.com/#/blog

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

Mr. Munday can be contacted at 60-3-7880-6588 or trentm@steinerleisure.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.