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Mr. Dennis

Brandon Dennis

VP of Marketing, Cloudbeds.com

Brandon Dennis is the VP of Marketing for Cloudbeds.com. Cloudbeds creates hotel management software for hotels, including a property management system, channel manager, and commission-free booking engine. Prior to Cloudbeds, Mr. Dennis worked as the marketing manager for buuteeq, the digital marketing system for hotels, which was later acquired by Priceline in 2014. Mr. Dennis graduated from The University of Washington with a BA in history, focusing on ancient Greek and Roman history. During college, Mr. Dennis produced short animated movies for YouTube. Taking advantage of the infancy of YouTube and Facebook, his movies rode a wave of discovery that catapulted his viewership into the tens of millions and helped forge an online following that is still vibrant to this day. For a brief time after college, Mr. Dennis worked as an editor for Amazon.com before moving to San Francisco to start his career. He worked as the creative director for startup Wegame.com for two years before moving back to Seattle to be closer to family. Next, he managed the community for gaming startup Sabi Games before joining buuteeq in 2010. He worked as a marketing manager at buuteeq until its acquisition by Priceline in 2014. In 2015, he joined Cloudbeds as the VP of Marketing, where he helms the company's marketing strategies. Outside of Cloudbeds, Mr. Dennis hosts a weekly live Internet show called Scotch & Smoke Rings. He published a young adult fantasy novel in 2012 called The Tale of Cloran Hastings. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. You can follow him on Twitter @cloudbeds. Please visit www.cloudbeds.com for more information.

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Mr. Dennis can be contacted at +1-888-392-9478 or brandon.dennis@cloudbeds.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.