Ms. Skakel

Deborah Skakel

Partner

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Deborah Skakel is a partner in Dickstein Shapiro LLPís Business Litigation Practice. Ms. Skakelís practice focuses on a wide array of complex civil litigation matters, representing a diverse group of both corporate and individual clients. With a significant amount of her practice in the arbitration arena, she not only litigates sophisticated commercial cases, but also arbitrates various disputes. Moreover, Ms. Skakel has substantive experience handling regulatory and other issues relating to the alcohol beverage industry, as well as accounting and auditing issues, and real estate matters.

Ms. Skakel can be contacted at skakeld@dicksteinshapiro.com

Coming Up In The September Online Hotel Business Review




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Hotel Group Meetings: Blue Skies Ahead
After a decade of sacrifice and struggle, it seems that hotels and meeting planners have every reason to be optimistic about the group meeting business going forward. By every industry benchmark and measure, 2017 is shaping up to be a record year, which means more meetings in more locations for more attendees. And though no one in the industry is complaining about this rosy outlook, the strong demand is increasing competition among meeting planners across the board Ė for the most desirable locations, for the best hotels, for the most creative experiences, for the most talented chefs, and for the best technology available. Because of this robust demand, hotels are in the driverís seat and they are flexing their collective muscles. Even though over 100,000 new rooms were added last year, hotel rates are expected to rise by a minimum of 4.0%, and they are also charging fees on amenities that were often gratis in the past. In addition, hotels are offering shorter lead times on booking commitments, forcing planners to sign contracts earlier than in past years. Planners are having to work more quickly and to commit farther in advance to secure key properties. Planners are also having to meet increased attendee expectations. They no longer are content with a trade show and a few dinners; they want an experience. Planners need to find ways to create a meaningful experience to ensure that attendees walk away with an impactful memory. This kind of experiential learning can generate a deeper emotional connection, which can ultimately result in increased brand recognition, client retention, and incremental sales. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group business and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.