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Mr. Flack

Andrew Flack

Vice President Global Brand Marketing, Hilton Hotels

Andrew Flack is Vice President - Global Brand Marketing for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and has oversight of all Hilton brand marketing strategies and functions worldwide. Those functional areas include advertising, visual identity, public relations, strategic partnerships and brand promotions for the leisure and business segments, as well as hotel online tools and resources. A 20-year hotel industry veteran, Mr. Flack was previously Vice President Sales and Marketing - Hilton Asia Pacific, where he created a new marketing organization in support of our emerging growth markets and extended Hilton's global sales network into new countries such as India and Korea. Previous assignments for Hilton have taken Flack to Europe and Australia. As Regional Director of Business Development for Australasia, Flack was responsible for all revenue generating activities across Hilton's portfolio in the region and part of the team that re-built and re-launched Hilton Sydney. During this period, the Hilton brand in Australia moved from fourth to first in the BDRC hotel brand rankings, a position that it retains to this day. Mr. Flack's earlier career included seven years as a general manager. His management of Hilton properties includes leadership of Parmelia Hilton Perth, Hilton Sydney and Hilton Swindon. Flack also worked in management positions at six additional hotels in the United Kingdom. Born in Malta, Mr. Flack is a dual citizen of Britain and Australia and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He and his wife have two daughters and reside in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Flack can be contacted at 703-883-5799 or andrew.flack@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.