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Mr. Saeed

Nabeel H. Saeed

Product Manager, VSI Healthcare Inc.

Nabeel Saeed, is a Product Marketing Manager at Vertical Systems, Inc., a Silicon Valley-based technology company that provides sophisticated solutions for the hospitality industry through a wide range of smart lobby solutions, mobile applications, and in-room products. With a background in statistical analysis of markets, product and graphic design, marketing, and art direction, Mr.Saeed has creatively blended his diverse interests to drive innovative user experiences in emerging markets. He helped design, develop, market, and sell workflow technologies that are revolutionizing the hospitality and healthcare industry. Mr.Saeed earned an undergraduate degree in Economics, with a focus on econometrics and stochastic modeling, at the University of California - San Diego. He also conducted market research at San Diego's World Trade center and at a Bay Area think-tank.

Mr. Saeed can be contacted at 408-752-8100 x112 or nsaeed@ver-sys.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.