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Mr. West

Brian West

President, LifeStyling

Brian West heads a small staff of professionals on ground-breaking projects throughout the world. Based in Los Angeles, LifeStyling, serves high-end hospitality and residential clients nationwide. Beyond interior design, Brian also provides consultation to the Incentive and Special Event industry where he is called on by Fortune 500 and 100 clients to lend his expertise to site selection, event design and production. With a diverse Interior Architectural background, and a successful history in the Meeting, Incentive and Special Event industry, Brian oversees all aspects of design, planning, programming and project development at LifeStyling. Brian is responsible for the initial concept and assembly of specification packages, which include color palette, furniture finishes, art and artifacts. Brian adds valuable insight to each and every project with which he is involved. A comprehensive knowledge of the properties inner workings allows Brian to bring a significant amount of detail to life within his design projects, Brian easily admits that there is a great deal of trial and error involved with each project - which he believes give each project it's unique and well appreciated character. Visit the company website at http://www.lifestylingdesign.com

Mr. West can be contacted at 310-927-0821 or brianw@lifestylingdesign.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.