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Ms. Lucas

Sarah Lucas

CEO & Founder, Action for Dolphins

In 2012 Sarah Lucas made a life-altering trip to Japan to volunteer as a monitor of the dolphin hunts in Taiji. This prompted her to create Action for Dolphins (AFD) with the mission of protecting dolphins from the cruelty of dolphin hunting and captivity. Action for Dolphins uses strategic litigation and legislative reform in an effort to protect cetaceans (dolphins and small whales), which do not receive any international legal protection and are killed in their thousands in inhumane hunts. In 2015 AFD took global legal action which resulted in 63 Japanese aquariums being prohibited from purchasing dolphins captured in the world's largest dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan and this was a major contribution to the growing preservation of dolphins. In 2016, AFD launched a national campaign to abolish dolphin captivity in Australia. The campaign is spearheaded by former NSW Premier the Hon Bob Carr, and aims to introduce new legislation banning dolphin captivity in Australia. The longer-term aim of the campaign is to establish a world-first sea sanctuary in Australia where captive dolphins can be retired and injured dolphins can be rehabilitated. Prior to founding AFD Ms. Lucas worked in the communications department of the International Finance Corporation in Paris and completed a professional fellowship at the United Nations in New York. She graduated with a Master's in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in 2010. In her spare time Sarah is a freelance writer, and has contributed articles to publications such as The Australian. Ms. Lucas is passionate about animal welfare and is involved in several organizations, including Lola ya Bonobo, the world's only bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Please visit http//:www.afd.org.au for more information.

Ms. Lucas can be contacted at +44 7475 873 050 or sarah@afd.org.au

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.