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Mr. Tempelaere

Nico Tempelaere

EMEA Social Media Manager, The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Nico Tempelaere is Belgian and speaks fluent Dutch, French, English and has a basic knowledge of German and Spanish. He lives partly in Brussels when he is not traveling abroad for his actual job. Being 39-years old he has 15 years of experience and a solid background in Marketing and Communications Management. Mr. Tempelaere started his career as a radio presenter & TV journalist. Five years later he left the media and worked for eight years as a Communication expert in several industries specializing in Travel Marketing & PR. His main customers were BCD Travel, Etihad Airways, NH Hotels, Star Alliance, CapGemini and Panasonic. He discovered social media five years ago when Mr. Tempelaere started as a Marketing Director for a travel agency. His main responsibilities were defining the strategy and execution of several off and online marketing campaigns and press relations (as spokesperson). He also created the strategy and content for the biggest and fastest growing Facebook page in the Belgian travel industry. At the beginning of 2012 Mr. Tempelaere joined The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as the first EMEA Social Media Manager. His main tasks are the development of a social media strategy for the 400 EMEA-hotels, to inform & convince the Hotel Managers about the importance of social media, to train the future Social Media Ambassadors during the internal Business School, to deliver social media guidelines and to support all marketing campaigns & other departments (e.g. Public Relations & HR). Mr. Tempelaere is passionate about traveling, observing people in airports and hotels, networking with his international colleagues and friends and cooking for friends and family.

Mr. Tempelaere can be contacted at 32-2-702-9262 or nico.tempelaere@carlsonrezidor.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.