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Mr. Loor

Charlie Loor

Chief Concierge, Hotel Chandler

Charlie Loor is the Chief Concierge at Hotel Chandler in Manhattan's Flatiron District. Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Loor graduated from John Jay College with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, but quickly decided to pursue a career in hospitality. He began his hospitality career with City Experts in Manhattan. While working for City Experts, he served several Manhattan hotels and quickly made a name for himself with in the industry. Mr. Loor has spent much time scouring the city for interesting things to do and see to recommend to guests. He worked as a concierge at the DoubleTree Times Square and The Paramount. While serving these properties, he built key relationships with New York's hottest spots. Mr. Loor has been in his current role at Hotel Chandler since 2012. Mr. Loor is a member of the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges. In his free time, he enjoys cycling (Loor was on the U.S. Cycling National Team from 1998-1999, raced for a European Division 1 team from 1997 - 2001), boxing, and spending time with his young son.

Mr. Loor can be contacted at 646-218-4409 or concierge@hotelchandler.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.