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Mr. Wuttke

Mark Wuttke

Principal, The Wuttke Group

Mark Wuttke heads Wuttke Group, LLC, a world-class business development consultancy specializing in natural, organic and sustainable spa and boutique retail with an emphasis on the luxury market. He and his colleagues have assisted more than 15 natural and organic brands globally in their quest to attain and sustain authenticity. Mr. Wuttke's current involvement includes worldwide market development and distribution for two Germany-based award-winning personal care product lines - Amala and Primavera. Wuttke's experience includes 19 years as President/CEO in the USA and Australia within the wellness industry and more than 25 years of strategic and tactical management experience in operations, marketing and sales. He has been associated with luxury spas and high end boutique retail, specializing in biodynamic/organic skin care and natural medicines. Mr. Wuttke is often tapped by the media for his expertise and he is currently on the Editorial Advisory Board of Organic Spa Magazine, for which he authors an ongoing column called Stewardship. His byline appears in industry trade magazines worldwide. Mr. Wuttke is active in a range of industry organizations, including ISPA and he works closely with LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability), Green Spa Network, and Natural Beauty Summit in the United States and Europe. He is an international speaker and prolific author. The Australia native operates his business out of Atlanta, Georgia USA and resides there with his wife and two children.

Mr. Wuttke can be contacted at 404-441-4962 or info@wuttkegroup.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.