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Ms. Adair

Nicole Adair

Area Director of Revenue Management, SHR

Nicole Adair joined SHR in 2015 after working in corporate revenue management for a diverse portfolio of hotels across the mainland United States and Hawaii. As a Certified Revenue Management Executive, she has extensive experience in directing connectivity and channel interfacing initiatives for multiple CRS, PMS, and channel management platforms. Her effective room inventory and channel management strategies have resulted in double-digit revenue growth and positive RevPAR index percent change across a large portfolio of properties. Ms. Adair has widespread experience working with several independent properties and brands in varying markets from urban hotels to beach resorts, and she draws on this experience when directing revenue strategy initiatives for SHR clients. Ms. Adair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Russian and is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Hospitality Management.

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Ms. Adair can be contacted at 800-252-0533 or nadair@shr.global

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.