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Mr. Woodman

Henry Woodman

Founder & President, ICE Portal

Henry Woodman's international travel promotion career spans over 30 years beginning in television and film production. Since 1984, as co-founder of WoodMark productions, Mr. Woodman traveled the globe producing and directing travel videos for tourist boards, airlines and destination marketing offices. He produced major television programs in the United States and Latin America. For his work in network television, Mr. Woodman has earned four Emmy nominations.

In 1997 he founded World Travelvision (WTV), a leading content provider for Internet Travel and Tourism. WTV pioneered and perfected Digital Brochures and Virtual Reality 360° Panoramic Photography. He is considered one of the travel industry's leading experts on visual internet content.

In 2004, Mr. Woodman founded ICE Portal (ICE) and ICE acquired World Travelvision. ICE Portal, (ICE being an acronym for Internet Content Exchange), is the leading hospitality technology platform to manage and distribute hotel visuals. Client list includes major international hotel chains such as Hilton, Wyndham, Hyatt, Accor, Choice Hotels and Best Western. ICE delivers hotel visuals to all the major distribution channels (GDS, OTA, Search and Social Networks) in the proper specs and provides their clients with an overall content score, allowing them to improve their rankings across all the OTAs. 54,000 hotels worldwide utilize ICE Portal's photo management and distribution services and the figure continues to grow quarter to quarter.

Mr. Woodman is a Florida native and a graduate of the University of Arizona. He is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and French fluently, and is a natural entrepreneur. He recently completed his MBA in Entrepreneurship at NOVA Southeastern University.

Mr. Woodman can be contacted at 954-893-6778 or henry@iceportal.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.