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Mr. Ronson

Terence Ronson

Managing Director, Pertlink Ltd.

Terence Ronson is the expatriate British founder of Pertlink, a Hong Kong-based consulting firm specialising in hospitality IT.

Launched in 2000, Pertlink helps hospitality related companies establish and deliver unique IT visions and strategy.

Mr. Ronson is a member of numerous professional organisations such as HFTP and HTNG and is a regular speaker and organiser of Hotel TECH conferences worldwide. He writes a blog for hospitality-related websites, his most popular contribution being the 'Do's and Don'ts of Hospitality Technology and most recently was a blog on the just - opened Morpheus Macau - The God of Dreams.

Mr. Ronson has been involved in delivering IT design and unique solutions to numerous high-profile and multi award winning projects to include: Rosedale on the Park Hong Kong and Guangzhou, Langham Place Hong Kong, Hotel ICON Hong Kong, Zendai Himalayas Shanghai, PuLi Shanghai, Disneyland Shanghai, Guoman Shanghai, South Beach Singapore, and Aryaduta Hotels Indonesia. 

Currently, he is involved with Dusit Hotel and Management College Manila and Ventria Residences - a luxury Senior Living facility in Hong Kong.

Mr. Ronson began his diversified hospitality career over forty years ago as a chef in London before moving onto various hotel management and IT related positions in Asia and London.  In 1996 on his return to Asia and where he has since lived, he has focused on the effective use and development of technology in the hospitality industry.

Mr. Ronson can be contacted at +852 9468 0848 or terence@pertlink.net

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.