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Mr. Nathraj

Yatish Nathraj

Hotel Broker, HTL Hospitality Advisors

Working in the hospitality industry for most of his career Yatish Nathraj is a Hotel Broker with HTL Hospitality Advisors in Southern California. He started off as a handy man at a small motel in Riverside that led him to pursue a more passionate role in the industry. He has worked in management positions at award winning franchised properties such as Best Western and InterContinental Hotel Group, including Hampshire Hotels a full service Boutique Hotel chain located on the continent of Africa. He has held almost every position in a hotel and now helps investors and managers make critical decisions in their hospitality operations to ensure the success of their business.

Mr. Nathraj has traveled globally to help hospitality investors find key markets for investments. He has been traveling to Africa for the past decade, assisting clients with hospitality asset management and consulting. His passion and specialization is in helping entrepreneurs and first time hospitality investors understand the dynamics of their investment and operations of hotels. Mr. Nathraj has helped syndicate deals to ensure the best outcome for all parties involved through strategic placement and organizational restructuring. He has consulted investors in California and Africa on how to acquire, operate and sell their properties in a diligent manner.

Mr. Nathraj is an active member of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association and is an Ambassador for the association in the South Pacific Region. He has a BS in Hotel Administration & Gaming from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

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

Mr. Nathraj can be contacted at +1 951-906-4916 or ynathraj@htlha.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.