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Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk

Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk

Co-Managing Director, JOI-Design

Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk is the co-managing director of JOI-Design, a leading European hospitality interior architecture and design studio based in Hamburg, Germany. Alongside business partner and husband Peter Joehnk, who founded the practice in 1984, the team brings to life luxurious hospitality destinations around the globe. Guided by the principle of translating emotions into design, and design into interiors that are rich in ambience, the studio creates places that guests won't want to leave and will return to time and again. JOI-Design shapes award-winning atmospheres for the world's top brands as well as independent properties, and has a wide-ranging portfolio of sophisticated modern destinations, grand historic establishments, vibrant restaurants, sumptuous spas, and new-build airport and business hotels. In 2014, the practice was honoured with one of the industry's highest accolades, a Gold Key Award, for their design of the Hotel-Kompetenz-Zentrum, or centre for hotel design excellence, near Munich. As a lecturer in the interior design programme at the University of Applied Science in Coburg, Germany, Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk is committed to educating the next generation of architects and designers, and her continuing involvement with students strengthens her ability to maintain a fresh perspective on developing trends in her profession. She and Peter are also the authors of numerous reference books focused upon hospitality design, and in addition, the successful duo has recently launched Products by JOI-Design, their product design division exploring creative partnerships with furniture, lighting, carpeting and wallpaper manufacturers. Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk is a member of the Architectural Association Hamburg and the Association of German Interior Architects. An advocate of social media, she regularly communicates with an extensive network of clients, suppliers, manufacturers, peers, colleagues and end users.

Please visit www.joi-design.com for more information.

Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk can be contacted at 40 0 4068 9421 0 or info@joi-design.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.