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Mr. Cush

Alastair Cush

Head of Global Lodging Business Development, Kaba

Alastair Cush is the Head of Global Lodging Business Development at dormakaba, a leading provider of high quality access management solutions, locks, cylinders, physical access systems, enterprise data and time recording, and hotel access systems. dormakaba provides the Saflok and ILCO brand of electronic locking solutions. Based out of dormakaba's office in Montreal, Canada, Mr. Cush graduated with an MBA from HEC Montreal Business School. Mr. Cush has been part of the dormakaba group since 2005, holding previous management positions in Product Management and Marketing for the lodging segment. Mr. Cush acquired a strong knowledge of the lodging business, and nurtured partnerships between dormakaba and major hotel chains while positioning dormakaba as an innovation leader. It is the ambition of Mr. Cush and dormakaba to make access in life smart and secure. In a world of perpetual evolution, Mr. Cush participated in the deployment of several new technologies in the hospitality industry, including dormakaba's Mobile Access Solutions that allow guests to enter their hotel rooms using their mobile device as an access key. Working in close collaboration with the dormakaba Engineering team and constantly focusing on improving the hotel guest experience, Mr. Cush plays an instrumental part in the development of customer driven solutions that meet requirements in terms of functionality and design. In his role as Head of Global Lodging Business Development Mr. Cush plays a crucial role in the dormakaba organization, working in close collaboration with the company's regional organizations in Europe, the Middle-East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please visit www.kaba.com for more information.

Mr. Cush can be contacted at 514-735-5410 x236 or alastair.cush@kaba.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.