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Mr. Beaubien

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien

President & CEO, Groupize Solutions

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien is the founder and CEO of Groupize, the easy to use, end-to-end platform for Corporate Simple Meetings. Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has enjoyed a 25-year career in the travel industry which has included experiences co-founding a Rafting company, working for the Montreal CVB or serving in executive positions for major group tour operators including Yankee Holidays and Group Voyagers Inc. (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and more). His hands on planning experience, combined with his understanding of the various travel technology fuels his passion to bring efficiencies to the difficult processes involved in sourcing and managing groups and simple meetings for planners and hotels. Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has won various awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year in Quebec, Best Emerging Technology at PhoCusWright (2013) and Top 25 Most Influential Person in Business Travel (2017) and is currently a member of the GBTA Meetings Committee.

He wants Groupize to be the Travel Technology that finally cracks the small groups and simple meetings nut and provide the game changing solutions the industry desperately needs.  His passion is to bring constant innovation and remove enough friction in order for the industry to fall in love with groups and meetings.

Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has held various board seats such as the Canadian Tourism Commission Leisure Advisory Board, the Starwood Leisure Advisory Board, and the Gloucester DMO. Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has won various awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year in Quebec and Best Emerging Technology at PhoCusWright (2013), and Top 25 Most Influential Person in Business Travel (2017).  He credits his education in Entrepreneurship from Bishop's University in Quebec and l'E.S.S.C.A. (Ecole Superieur des Science Commerciales d'Anger). Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien is currently a member of the GBTA Meetings Committee.

 


Please visit www.groupizesolutions.com for more information.

Mr. Beaubien can be contacted at 508-332-7319 or charles@groupize.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.