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Mr. Still

Paul Still

Head Concierge, London Hilton on Park Lane

Paul Still, Head Concierge at London Hilton on Park Lane began his career as a night porter some thirty three years ago at Mayfair's iconic London Hilton on Park Lane and worked his way up to not only become its Head Concierge but also the President of The Society of the Golden Keys of Great Britain & the Commonwealth. The Society of the Golden Keys in Great Britain was founded in London exactly sixty years ago and has approximately 350 concierges in Great Britain now who proudly wear the symbol of their status: the coveted Golden Keys worn on their lapels. Each is revered for his or her professional gravitas, integrity, local knowledge and impeccable recommendations. During his time as a member Mr. Still has travelled all over the world attending the Union Internationale des Concierges d'Hotels (UICH) Congresses and building up a substantial network of worldwide contacts which he uses on a regular basis for the benefit of his hotel's guests. Throughout Mr. Still's longstanding career he has seen the London Hilton on Park Lane play host to many famous faces, from hosting dozens of Heads of State, including Tony Blair and President Mandela, to royalty such as Prince Charles and Camilla, and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh. Mr. Still has seen a myriad of high profile events take place in the hotel's Grand Ballroom and past guests have included Bill Clinton, Hugh Grant, Dame Helen Mirren and Lewis Hamilton, to name but a few. Mr. Still enjoys meeting people commenting that “every day is different, and you learn something new every day”. He is dedicated to ensuing guest's needs are fulfilled at the London Hilton on Park Lane from organizing the most personal of requests, arranging exclusive tickets, restaurant bookings, arranging car hire, personal shopping and providing top tips for an ideal day in London.

Mr. Still can be contacted at 44-0-20-7096-6269 or paul.still@hilton.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.