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Mr. Chopra

Bhanu Chopra

CEO, RateGain

Bhanu Chopra, aged 40, is an India-based young and dynamic entrepreneur, currently the CEO of RateGain, an IT solutions, a company he founded in 2004. Mr. Chopra has a masters degree from Indiana University Bloomington, USA in Finance and Computer Science. Mr. Chopra started his career at Deloitte Consulting serving several Fortune 500 companies in Chicago. He is currently the CEO of RateGain, a company he founded in 2004. Prior to setting up RateGain, he co-founded Riv Consulting. He started RateGain in response to the increasing popularity of Online travel agencies (OTAs) like Expedia and Orbitz in the west, when he identified the business need of these OTAs to compare rates across their competitor websites. Mr. Chopra has been profiled on the Young Turks program of CNBC-TV18 and was shortlisted as a finalist for the "Red Herring 100 Asia" Awards 2008 and again recognized as a great entrepreneur for his active participation & involvement as a part of “iSpirit's” Podcast series where he shared his views on transforming India into a hub for new generation software products. Mr. Chopra is a sought after speaker in the travel and hospitality technology space. He has been speaker/ panelist at various HSMAI events, Hotel technology Conference, China Low Cost Airline Summit, Independent Hotel Show etc. He is also a contributor to publications like 'Entrepreneur' and 'The Economic Times'. Mr. Chopra is a visionary, achiever and a great leader. With his great passion and remarkable dynamism, he has taken RateGain to great heights. Today he guides the development of RateGain's service offerings and delivery methodologies.

Mr. Chopra can be contacted at bchopra@rategain.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.