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Dr. Scanlon, Ph.D.

Nancy Loman Scanlon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, FIU

Dr. Nancy Loman Scanlon is an Associate Professor at the Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Florida International University. She has over thirty years of lodging industry experience with Hilton Hotels, Marriott Corporation and Interstate Hotels. Dr. Scanlon is the Vice-Chair of the Sustainability Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and serves on the Advisory Panel of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) London, England. For the United Nations she serves on the UN Disaster Risk Reduction Words In-to Action Committee: Tourism Sector. At the 2015 Summit, she presented on “Miami, A City Slipping Back In-to the Sea”. Dr. Scanlon is chairperson of the Sustainability Council of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association. She is also a participant in both the Miami Beach Sea Level Rise Initiative and the Sea Level Rise Institute for Florida International University. Dr. Scanlon speaks internationally on climate change impacts and sustainability issues affecting tourism and is a leader in the application and research of sustainable operating practices and climate change adaptation for the hospitality industry. Her recent travels include several trips to China and Japan. As an advisory board member for MCW Global, Dr. Scanlon recently visited the organizations community centers in Arusha and Songea, Tanzania and Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Scanlon is the author of several hospitality industry books published by John Wiley and Sons, in addition to refereed conference presentations and journal articles. She holds a PHD in public policy and an MA from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Scanlon, Ph.D. can be contacted at 305-919-4775 or nscanlon@fiu.edu

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.