HPN Global Helping Seattle Families on Their Journey out of Homelessness at #HPN19

HPN Global is all about relationships and helping give back to communities. We are proud to partner with Mary’s Place as part of our #HPN19 Global Partner Conference in Seattle, WA, by collecting donations to help families who have lost everything.

Mary’s Place gives these families shelter, helps with housing, employment and schooling, provides basic everyday resources and needs, and gives them hope for the future. Help us make a difference and donate today! #HPNGivingBack

We will also be accepting on-site donations during the Networking Reception in Las Vegas.

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You’re Invited! HPN Global Happy Hour

 

We would like to formally invite you to the HPN Global Happy Hour – Connect Marketplace on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Wind down after a long week with us during a fabulous evening from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Tavern on Fourth. Relax, grab a drink (or two), play games and enjoy a night of conversation & fun!

Note: You must wear a conference badge for admittance.

If you’d like to join us, please REGISTER NOW.

​​​​​​​We look forward to seeing you there!

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Why Attend HPN Global Conference 2019?

Thank you for your interest! Here are a few reasons why you should attend #HPN19 in Seattle!

  • You’ll be able to create lasting relationships with 125 of HPN Global’s associates. These associates represent over 7,000 clients, and if 2019 are projected to send over 13,000 RFP’s representing over $400,000,000 in rooms revenue.
  • With a client mix of 55% Corporate, 25% Association and 20% SMERF, HPN Global efficiently handles all sizes of meetings globally – ranging from typical conferences to high-end incentive programs, large citywide conferences, and much more!
  • Attendance includes two full days of learning and networking, sharing best practices, value-added breakout sessions, and an interactive environment where you can learn about key information related to closing business with HPN Global. Most importantly, attendees will have the opportunity to pre-schedule appointments with associates that book business in your market.
  • Attending this conference is the most impactful way to gain a deeper understanding of how to work with HPN Global and develop personal relationships that are at the core of closing business. This event is the most cost-effective way to ensure that you’re maximizing your relationship with HPN Global.

Here is the cost breakdown of the conference:

  • Airfare – approximately $250
  • Transportation – approximately $40
  • Hotel: Hyatt Regency Seattle – $269+ (3 nights)
  • Registration Fee – $2,450

Total: $3,547

We appreciate your interest in #HPN19.

 

Sourcing Tip of the Month: June

Here is our HPN Global June 2019 sourcing tip of the month – provided by our amazing Sourcing Coordinator, Grecia Montaño.

RFP System Refresher:

A friendly reminder to our meeting suppliers to provide as much information as possible when filling out your RFPs. If you have alternate dates, please propose that option instead of turning it down. Another helpful thing to know is that under hotel comments, this area is a great section for you to communicate directly with the HPN Associate with additional information beyond dates, space and rates and really sell your property. If that particular program you are responding too, really works well at your property, show it in the comments! No detail is too small when we’re reviewing responses to RFP’s as we work hard to find that perfect fit for our clients.

Sourcing Trend:

We had a new “Top 5” Soured cities for the month of May including Austin/Dallas & Atlanta which are typically not seen in the top 5 destinations! We love seeing new cities pop up as trend. See below for the Top 5:

1. Austin
2. Atlanta
3. Phoenix/Scottsdale
4. Dallas
5. DC

Grecia Montaño
Sourcing Coordinator
gmontano@hpnglobal.com

 

 

 

 

 

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2019 Hotel Contract & Negotiation Trends

Google “hotel trends 2019” or something similar and what will come up is pages and pages of information on event experience, engaging an audience, marketing to millennials, or driving attendance. What does NOT come up is all the ways hotels are looking to maximize their profitability through contract negotiations and how that impacts the meeting host or end user.

Supply of rooms is increasing in sync with room demand; leaving occupancy flat in 2019 and average rates are up just below expectations at 1%. Hotels are looking for other opportunities to grow revenue and maximize profits.

Driving F&B Spend: If you have sent out an RFP to multiple destinations or even several hotels in one destination, you have seen how widely the F&B minimum can vary. That is because some hotels calculate F&B spend as a per-person, per-day spend. Other hotels will have an F&B minimum assigned to specific meeting rooms, based on how many people that room can accommodate. Many times, the salesperson is just entering a number they were given by a revenue manager or supervisor.

AV Spend: Audiovisual costs are skyrocketing. Partially due to individual users having multiple devices, requiring more bandwidth. But AV companies are also bundling services into packages to upsell and create more revenue. My recommendation is to always get a detailed AV quote on the front end, once you have narrowed down a short list of venues. I have seen the same in-house AV provider at different hotels be $10K apart on pricing. In other words, company ABC that is in-house both at Chicago Hotel A and Chicago Hotel B, delivered two different quotes that are $10,000 apart. When possible, you can also save some money with a few pieces of your own equipment, and writing in a clause that AV discount will still be applied if you bring in certain pieces of equipment.

Resort Fees: Marriott is taking advantage of its position in the market by standing firm on resort fees. I attended a Marriott luncheon recently and asked about this topic. The response I got is that there is a strong push from leadership to not waive the resort fee. Not only are they enforcing that added cost, but they are also writing that into the contract as part of the total revenue commitment. Marriott and other hotel companies are trying to sell the value of the resort fee by having it include WiFi and sometimes parking. Although city center hotels will still charge a steep price for overnight parking. City hotels are making their attempt by instituting a daily amenity fee which may include WiFi, a welcome drink, and all the typical inclusions such as a fitness center or daily newspaper. Although we may not be able to waive these added fees, the best strategy is to negotiate what is and is not included, to make sure there is true value being delivered.

Lead Time / Booking Further Out: Hotels are at once preaching to clients to book further out, while often turning away business of a certain size if it’s “too far” out. If a hotel has 500 rooms and your 200 room group comes along looking 2+ years out, a hotel may decide they do not want to commit almost half their inventory to your group. They are hoping a larger group comes along with a higher total revenue contribution, and then they can layer in a smaller group over the large one. It’s all ways to make the puzzle fit perfectly. Maximizing day of week pattern, meeting space allocation, sleeping room inventory, and incremental revenue. While your contract only holds you to sleeping room and food & beverage revenue, the hotel is anticipating that your attendees will also spend money in other outlets.

To learn more about how I can help you with any of the above and more, please contact me at JShkolnik@HPNGlobal.com

 

Julie Shkolnik

Vice President, Global Accounts at HPN Global

 

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