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Mr. Markarians

Michael Markarians

President, Tee Hospitality

Michael Markarians is the founder of Tee Hospitality and serves as the company's President. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations and works diligently with industry leaders to increase the effectiveness of Tee Hospitality in the marketplace. Tee Hospitality specializes in sales and marketing representation services for hotels, resorts, and destinations worldwide and focuses on marketing consulting, revenue management consulting, repositioning, and complete hospitality management. Having worked on site at properties and also out in the field selling to travel professionals and MICE planners, Mr. Markarians possesses a great perspective for both the agent or planner and the property in terms of being able to see the goals for each side and ensuring all parties prosper.

Prior to founding Tee Hospitality, Mr. Markarians spent 22 years selling and managing various independent hotel properties. Most recent experience includes being Regional Director of Sales at Aston Hotels and Resorts. He also served as Vice President of Group Sales at Luxe Hotels and LE Hotels and has also been Director of National Sales for Pacific Palms Conference Resort. He began his career in 1992 at MGM Grand Las Vegas and Hyatt Hotels and Resorts where he gained invaluable experience in hotel operations.

Mr. Markarians's key to success has been his diversified knowledge of various market segments as well as the relationships he has developed over the years. Tee Hospitality features inspirational and extraordinary properties and destinations, which ultimately create a unique place for corporate meetings, special gatherings, a sanctuary, romantic getaways, executive retreats, or simply a place to unwind.


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

Mr. Markarians can be contacted at 310-694-4199 or info@teehospitality.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.