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Ms. Persaud

Nerissa Persaud

Managing Director & Co-Owner, Thrive Hospitality

As Co-Owner of Thrive Hospitality, Nerissa Persaud prides herself on having a keen eye for detail, overseeing the overall development of recruitment negotiations and developing consultancies worldwide. Ms. Persaud has had a successful venture working formerly within Starwood Hotels and Resorts and most recently with the Four Seasons properties in 2008. As a graduate in the field of Travel, Tourism and Hospitality and Business Management, Ms. Persaud dwelled in multiple industries before realizing her passion for the hospitality industry. She has worked and traveled from South America, the Caribbean, Asia, Middle East, and the remote Island destination of the Maldives. Ms. Persaud's high levels in personal service and ethics has earned her the respect of hospitality executives globally both seeking a difference in their next career path as well in the investment of great talent to hospitality establishments within the luxury segment globally. To date she has worked on projects with some of the finest names in the hospitality industry including, the Ritz Carlton, Sofitel, Nikki Beach Hotels, Six Senses, Brewster Hospitality and Sun Resorts to name a few. Ms. Persaud's core belief in forming an entity offering high quality hospitality recruitment services was not just to tap into the up-market industry of hotels, resorts, cruise liners and independent leisure properties but as the investment in the future face of a company, the future smiles of guests and leaderships to a team.

Ms. Persaud can be contacted at 587-361-4528 or nerissa.persaud@thrivehospitality.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.