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Mr. Cooper

Mark Cooper

Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Conference Centers

Mark CooperChief executive officer of IACC brings 25 years of experience in the global meetings industry working for both U.S.- and U.K.-based organizations, in a number of leadership roles requiring a sales and marketing specialism. With an extensive background, he has held senior posts with respected conference center operators and global third party agencies, including Dolce Hotels & Resorts, Sundial Group, ConferenceDirect and Warwick Conferences. Mr. Cooper joined IACC in 2012 to deliver the strategic plan of IACC which includes building strategic international relationships and continuing to provide our members with the services and benefits they have come to value over the years. Mr. Cooper has until recently held positions on both the European and Global Boards of IACC and has been an active member in the association for 15 years. Mr. Cooper brings a long-standing passion and excellent past experience in championing the meetings experience and it is his role to develop and expand IACC globally and encourage membership expansion by providing new and exciting benefits. IACC aims to engage new people, in new environments and even new countries. The association will embark on a series of initiatives to increase the size of the 'IACC Shop-Window' and raise the profile to ultimately deliver membership growth in 2013 and 2014. Members that make up the community of IACC are an incredibly exciting group of impassioned experts and ambassadors and the association engages with many related organisations and cements its reputation as the Thought Leader of the Meetings Industry. VISION: 
IACC is a community of passionate people and organizations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.
MISSION: 

The International Association of Conference Centres is the thought leader on the meeting experience. IACC represents its members by defining and promoting the IACC Meeting Concept and providing learning opportunities. There are meetings and there are IACC Meetings.

Mr. Cooper can be contacted at 44-0-7824-640624 or mcooper@iacconline.org

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.