Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Axner

Tiffany Axner

Interior Design, 5G Studio Collaborative

Tiffany Axner has been affiliated with the interior design community for over 7 years while working with a variety of commercial, residential, and hospitality design clientele. Her experience spans from high-end residential projects, multiphase commercial renovations due to ADA compliance's, to the re-design and preservation of a historical landmark. Ms. Axner is responsible for working directly with all personal and professional clients, creating functional designs and developing solutions to meet a diversity of needs. As a previous partner of her own firm, Ms. Axner provides a thorough understanding of the owners' needs while maintaining schedule, budgets, contractor, and consultant expectations. Ms. Axner has a passion for creating relaxed, on-trend, modern spaces that are truly spectacular. Using the combination of classic design components in contrast with the newest products and technology, Tiffany produces innovative interiors that have a timeless quality.

Ms. Axner can be contacted at 214-566-625 or tiffany@5gstudio.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.