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Mr. Kipping

Martin Kipping

General Manager, Viceroy Zihuatanejo

Martin Kipping was appointed General Manager of Viceroy Zihuatanejo, the exclusive, 46-room beachfront resort on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, in 2013. He came to Zihuatanejo from Viceroy Anguilla, in Anguilla, BWI, where he was Resort Manager. Since arriving at the resort he has launched a number of new programs and projects designed to further Viceroy Zihuatanejo's reputation as one of Mexico's top luxury resorts while significantly enhancing the guest experience, including new culinary offerings, innovative amenities and services, and renovations of guest rooms and facilities. The precedent-setting Way to Wellness program, conceived by Mr. Kipping and launched in 2016, established Viceroy Zihuatanejo as the destination's leader in the health and wellness fields, offering guests an extensive array of activities designed to help reduce stress and explore lifestyle improvements while on vacation. The program reinforced Viceroy Hotel Group's brand promise, “Remember to Live,” an affirmation to create lifelong memories for each and every guest. Mr. Kipping has more than 20 years of luxury hospitality management experience. He began his hotel career in Washington DC and went on to serve in various positions at Four Seasons properties in Nevis, Boston, Costa Rica, and Las Vegas. A native of Germany, he attended Les Roche International School of Hotel Management in Bluche, Switzerland, earning a degree in Hospitality Management. He is a member of the Epicurean Charitable Foundation Las Vegas, a non-profit organization committed to enriching the lives of deserving and talented local students who are passionate about a career in hospitality or the culinary arts and to making a difference in the community.

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

Mr. Kipping can be contacted at 52-755-555-5500 or vz.info@viceroyhotelsandresorts.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.