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Mr. Bergkvist

Jan Peter Bergkvist

Owner, SleepwellAB

Jan Peter "JP" Bergkvist has been active in the field of Sustainable Business at an executive level in the hospitality in industry since the early nineties. 15 years with Scandic with the last 9 years in an executive management position including 4 years with Hilton International in the role of Director of Environmental Sustainability.

In January 2009 Mr. Bergkvist stepped back from his position as Vice President Sustainable Business at Scandic to a role of senior advisor working in his own business SleepWell AB. In 2010 he published the book Sustainability in Practice - a fast guide for business leaders.

Since 2010 SleepWell is running the secretariat of Sweden Textile Water Initiative, stwi.se one of the largest public-private partnerships in Sweden. STWI is founded by the leading actors in the Swedish textile industry and supported by the government. The mission is to create guide lines for and promote sustainable water use for textile production in developing countries.

Mr Bergkvist is a director of the board of Ecolabelling Sweden (the Nordic Swan) and SIWI, Stockholm International Water Institute. He also serves as chairman of the Stockholm Water Prize Founders Council and Swedish Artists for the Environment. He is a member of the advisory panel of International Tourism Partnership in London, ITP.

Mr Bergkvist has recently started a new sustainability project in southern France. In a recently acquired medieval house he has begun a total restoration with only sustainable techniques and materials. Once the house is fully restored it will serve as a test laboratory for a sustainable B&B with the ambition to combine the latest sustainability practices from different corners of the world. The soft opening will commence during 2017.

Mr. Bergkvist can be contacted at 46-766-33-6868 or janpeter.bergkvist@sleepwell.nu

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.