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Mr. Hopkin

Sir Royston Hopkin

Owner & Chairman, Spice Island Beach Resort

Sir Royston O. Hopkin KCMG, is a dedicated philanthropist and owner and chairman of the award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada. He has had an extensive and distinguished career in the hospitality and tourism industry spanning more than 48 years of contributions to his home country, Grenada, and the entire Caribbean region. Sir Royston began his tourism career when he joined the family business at the Ross Point Inn in 1965, and at the age of 20, he was appointed to the Grenada Board of Tourism where he served for 18 consecutive years. He holds the distinction of being the first Grenadian to be elected president of the Grenada Hotel Association (an accomplishment at the age of 24), a position he held 14 times. At a regional level, Sir Royston has served on the board of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and since 1970, has held numerous positions including director, vice president, president and chairman. During his tenure with CHTA, he founded the Small Hotels Committee, which today is still one of the most important sub-committees. He has also served on the board of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). Sir Royston is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the coveted CHTA “Hotelier of the Year” honor, Lifetime Achievement Award from both CTO and CHTA, Grenada's Silver Anniversary Independence Awards for 25 years of dedicated service, and several other awards from the Grenada Hotel Association. Perhaps his greatest honor occurred in December 2004, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II graciously conferred the title of Knight Commander of The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) for his contribution to tourism in Grenada and throughout the Caribbean. Sir Royston is married to Lady Betty Hopkin and has three children, Ryan, Nerissa and Janelle.

Mr. Hopkin can be contacted at 473-444-4258 or info@spicebeachresort.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.