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Mr. Dyer

Andrew Dyer

Vice President of Global Supply, Egencia

Andrew Dyer is Vice President of Global Supply - Lodging at Egencia, where he is responsible for leading Egencia's supplier relations group and overseeing lodging, media, consulting and insurance. Mr. Dyer has been with Expedia, Inc. since 2006, previously serving as Senior Director, Legal where he was the primary legal counsel for Expedia Global Tour & Transport Group.

Prior to that, Mr. Dyer served as Director of Strategy & Business Development for Expedia's Lodging Partner Services group, where he helped lead the development and launch of the Expedia Traveler Preference program. Earlier in his career at Expedia, Mr. Dyer was Corporate Counsel, Expedia Legal & Corporate Affairs, where he supported Egencia and the Expedia Lodging Partner Services group.

Prior to joining Expedia in 2006, Mr. Dyer was an associate at Preston Gates & Ellis, LLP. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from The University of Michigan Law School, graduated from Whitman College with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and holds an MACD in Commercial Diplomacy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Mr. Dyer is currently based in Seattle, Washington.

Please visit https://www.egencia.com/public/us/ for more information.

Mr. Dyer can be contacted at 866-816-3534 or adyer@expedia.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.