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Mr. Talwar

Rohit Talwar

CEO, Fast Future Research

Rohit Talwar is a global futurist, strategic advisor and the CEO of Fast Future Research and Fast Future Publishing. He advises business, government and NGO leaders around the world on how to prepare for and create the future in an increasingly disrupted world. Mr. Talwar has a particular interest in the future of travel, tourism, aviation and the meetings industry. Mr. Talwar is a regular speaker and advisor around the world on the future of tourism and aviation strategies and business models. He focuses on the exploration of the impact of economic, consumer, technological, environmental and commercial forces. He is the author of the Hotels 2020 study and project director of the Convention 2020 research program. Mr. Talwar's clients include 3M, Aeroports de Paris, Aerovista, Amadeus, Astra Zeneca, E&Y, GE, GSK, IBM, Intel, Intercontinental Hotels, ITB, KPMG, Nokia, Novartis, O2, Orange, Panasonic, PATA, Pfizer, PwC, Preferred Hotels, Qatar Airways, SABRE, SAP, Schiphol Airport, Siemens Airport Services, Travelport, Vancouver Airport Services, World Tourism Forum and the OECD. He also works with a range of city and national level government agencies, convention centers and tourism and convention bureaus around the world. Fast Future is a global foresight research and consulting firm that helps clients understand, anticipate and respond to the trends, forces and ideas that could shape the competitive landscape over the next 5-20 years. Fast Future's work draws on a range of proven foresight, strategy and creative processes to help clients develop deep insights into a changing world. These insights are used to help clients define innovative strategies and practical actions to implement them.

Mr. Talwar can be contacted at +44 (0)20 8830 0766 or rohit@fastfuture.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.