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Mr. Puczko

Laszlo Puczko

Director of Industry Intelligence, Resources for Leisure Assets

Laszlo Puczko is the Director of Industry Intelligence at RLA Resource for Leisure Assets. Mr. Puzcko has worked as a travel and tourism expert in the health, wellness, medical services and spa arena for over 20 years. Mr. Puczko founded The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa (2012), which serves as global intelligence for the health travel industry.

Mr. Puczko has participated in more than a hundred projects in various fields: research, planning, product development, experience mapping and design, impact assessment and marketing. Mr. Puczko was the lead for the first ever Health Tourism Study for the UN World Tourism Organisation & European Travel Commission (out in Q3 2015). He was a lead consultant on the "Medical Tourism and Wellness Tourism: Where do Spas Fit?" study for the Global Spa Summit.

Over the past years, Mr. Puczko has honed his expertise in product development, experience mapping and design, impact assessment and marketing. He graduated as an economist specialized in tourism in Budapest (Hungary) and following his interests in culture, arts and experiences, he also graduated from Art & Design Management of the Hungarian University of Applied Arts. Supporting his academic rigor in business and teaching

Mr. Puczko completed his PhD in 2000. Mr. Puczko has become a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) in 2003. Between 2006 and 2014 he was the president of the Association of Tourism Consultants (Hungary) and was manager at KPMG Travel, Leisure and Tourism (Europe and Middle-East EA) between 2001 and 2004. Mr. Puczko is an internationally known and acknowledged expert.

Mr. Puczko is a frequent presenter at international professional and academic conferences addressing such topics as performance benchmarks, competitive product development, the role of travel in well being and product conceptualization. Mr. Puczko is a trainer of marketing and product development at both location and destination levels. He is the (co-)author of numerous specialized books (e.g.: Health, Tourism and Hospitality: Spas, Wellness and Medical Travel or The Impacts of Tourism) and articles in professional journals.

Please visit http://www.resourcesforleisureassets.com for more information.

Mr. Puczko can be contacted at +1 43-1-7172-8445 or laszlo@resourcesforleisureassets.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.