Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Ackerman

Carol Ackerman

Founder, The Ackerman Group

Carol Ackerman enjoys working with a wide variety of clients in the areas of real estate design and development both in the US and Mexico. She explores the world from both the visual and verbal aspects of storytelling. She has art-directed and written for video and print publications, including hotel, retail and resort collateral. Her public relations and master planning design experience led to the co-founding of Resort Golf Media, which published “Desert Dreams, Desert Romance: The History of the Royal Palms Resort and Spa”, now in its third printing. Ms. Ackerman has fulfilled communications, design, entitlement and real estate development assignments for Walt Disney, Starwood Hotels, GMA International, Hacienda de los Santos, the Los Angeles Times, Nicklaus Design, and Arnold Palmer's Restaurant. As an officer in an international master planning firm, she works on design/development teams for a wide array of projects with an element of hospitality involved: wellness facilities including spas; golf club houses, boutique hotels and resort complexes; marinas, theme parks, sports complexes and mixed use venues which include destination retail, residential and recreational amenities. Notable event productions have included the St. Regis Hotel NYC, Azimut & Benetti Group, Italian Wine Merchants, KSL Resorts, Ritz-Carlton, Golf Living Magazine, and the Pebble Beach Company. Ms. Ackerman resides in Phoenix, AZ and travels as often as possible visiting family throughout the US and to Mexico, where she is engaged in a large resort community development on the Cabo peninsula.

Ms. Ackerman can be contacted at 602-684-6800 or carol@theackermangroup.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.