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Mr. Wood

Derek Wood

Managing Director, Derek Wood Associates Ltd.

Derek Wood is Managing Director of Derek Wood Associates Ltd. He has had his own Independent Hospitality IT Consultancy company since 1986, undertaking all aspects of telecommunication, in-room technology consultancy and project management within this highly specialized area. Mr. Wood is a very well known figure within the hospitality sector and has 35 years of experience within the telecommunications industry of which for the past 21 years he has been deeply involved with independent hotel technology consultancy, both within East and Western Europe as well as Africa and The Middle East. He is listed within the 'International Who's Who of Professionals', in recognition of the contribution his company has made to the hotel industry. Mr. Wood works predominately within the independent 4 & 5 star hotel sector, but also provides consultancy services to larger hotel groups as well as to the hospitality vendor market place. He specializes in in-room technology and has worked for some of the most prestigious 5 Star Hotels throughout Europe. In 2010 Mr. Wood was elected to the Board of Directors for HFTP. HFTP is the international professional association serving members working in hospitality. Since 1952, HFTP has been dedicated to providing members with extraordinary networking opportunities, industry-leading certification programs and events, and essential resources for professional growth. It is also responsible for HITEC the largest annual hotel technology conference in the world. Mr. Wood is also regularly asked to speak at Hotel Technology conferences throughout mainland Europe (Eurhotec, HOSTEC, IHTF, EHTEC and HOSPACE) and well as within the United States of America (HITEC). He has served on the Advisory Council for HITEC between 2003 - 2006, was on the HOSTEC-EURHOTEC Advisory board for 2005/6, and the EHTEC advisory board for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 and is considered to be one of Europe's leading independent consultants within this highly specialized field.

Mr. Wood can be contacted at +44-117-9612938 or Derek@derekwood.co.uk

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.