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Ms. Whitby

Pamela Whitby

Editor, EyeforTravel Ltd

Pamela Whitby is an independent writer, editor and researcher and is the editor for EyeforTravel Ltd. When Pamela isn't tracking the online travel industry for EyeforTravel.com, she is focused on business in Africa where she grew up. Ms. Whitby has completed editorial and/or research projects for organisations that include BBC Focus on Africa, BBC Online, the Daily Telegraph, the Observer, News Desk Media, Longitude Research, Investor's Chronicle and the European Commission. Pamela is an experienced 'generalist' and likes an entrepreneurial endeavour. Ms. Whitby has been involved in two launch publications, has ghost written blogs and co-authored a book on South African's renewable energy sector. She also researched and wrote Is Your Child Safe Online?, a guide for parents. Ms. Whitby grew up in Africa, where she retains strong connections personally and professionally, and has lived and worked in the UK, South Africa and South Korea. See her website for more details. The EyeforTravel North America 2017 Conference will be held this year in Las Vegas (USA) from October 19-20.

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Ms. Whitby can be contacted at +44 779 189 1993 or pamela@eyefortravel.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.