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Mr. Sharifi

Shahin Sharifi

Lecturer, Macquarie University

Shahin Sharifi is a lecturer at Department of Marketing, Macquarie University. Mr. Shahin holds a PhD in Marketing from Monash Business School in Melbourne, Australia. His research interests are focused in the areas of consumer behavior, judgment and decision making, services marketing, and experimental psychology.

Mr. Shahin has also focused extensively on how emotion influences action and intention, as well has how brand awareness and discounting affect perceptions before, during, and after purchase. His research is frequently focused on the future of marketing, and how the internet and related developments, such as online reviews affect businesses and the perceptions of them.

Mr. Shahin's work has been published in journals, including Journal of Business Research, Computers in Human Behavior, and Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management among others. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of leading marketing journals, and regularly speaks on issues facing the marketing industry. He has taught marketing courses in Iran and Australia, including marketing management and marketing research methods.

Mr. Shahin holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Tehran, and has collaborated with research published in Iran, Australia, and the Republic of Korea. Shahin lives in Sydney, Australia.

Please visit http://www.mq.edu.au for more information.

Mr. Sharifi can be contacted at +61 298509173 or Shahin.sharifi@mq.edu.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.