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Hotel at Auburn University Welcomes Tim Aylsworth as New DoSM

AUBURN, AL - October 11, 2010 - The Hotel at Auburn University is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Aylsworth as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Aylsworth's extensive hospitality background includes experience with both nationally renowned hotel brands and destination marketing organizations.

"We are very pleased to welcome Tim Aylsworth to our team," said Hans van der Reijden, Managing Director of The Hotel at Auburn University. "His experience working at upscale properties ensures that he will bring a wealth of knowledge, hospitality, and exceptional customer service to our guests and group clientele here in Auburn."

Before joining The Hotel at Auburn University, Aylsworth served as the Vice President of Sales for the Newport Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau in Newport Beach, California. Aylsworth also spent three years working with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts as the Director of Sales and Marketing at the Hyatt Valencia and Santa Clarita Conference Center and at the Hyatt West Hollywood in California. He also served as the Associate Director of Sales at the Hyatt Regency Lake Las Vegas Resort Spa and Casino in Nevada.

"I am delighted to return to Alabama. Having grown up in Huntsville, it is exciting to be back in my home state," said Aylsworth. "I am particularly proud to be joining such a great team of individuals at Auburn's flagship hotel."

About The Hotel at Auburn
Centrally located near the shops and restaurants of downtown Auburn, AL, The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Conference Center is just a short walk from the excitement of Auburn University and a diverse array of cultural and entertainment attractions. Whether in town for the big game, a special party, or a productive business meeting, the hotel's 236 newly renovated guestrooms and suites offer true Southern hospitality in an ideal setting. For a true taste of Italy, visit Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, located inside the hotel. An open kitchen and outdoor terrace seating add character to this restaurant which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, cocktails, Sunday Brunch, and offers take-out service. Ariccia features an espresso bar, unique wine list, and has a private dining room for special events.

Located next to Ariccia Trattoria & Bar, Piccolo is Auburn's newest gathering place for specialty cocktails and a large variety of appetizers and desserts. The menu features a variety of small plates perfect for sharing, refreshing cocktails, and piccolo bottles of champagne. Live jazz performances will take place on Fridays and Saturdays (except on home football game weekends). The property is managed by the Atlanta-based West Paces Hotel Group. For additional information or reservations, please call (800) 228-2876 or visit www.auhcc.com.

Coming Up In The September Online Hotel Business Review


Feature Focus
Hotel Group Meetings: Demand is Trending Up
Corporations and businesses are once again renewing their investments in people, strategic planning, and training and development. As a result, all indicators point to 2016 being a robust year for the hotel group meetings business. Group demand is strong and rates, especially during peak periods, are trending up. Still, hotels must continue to evolve to meet the changing expectations of group meeting planners and their clients. There are several trends and factors that are driving decision-making which planners have identified as being essential to the process. Though geographic location and room rates continue to be the most important factors when selecting a host property, food and beverage choices are becoming increasingly influential. Planners understand the value of first-class culinary options as these are often used to facilitate networking experiences. Another critical factor is the availability of sufficient bandwidth for high-speed wired and wireless connectivity to the internet. In addition, in an effort to eliminate unsightly and unwieldy power cords, planners are requesting the installation of mobile-device charging stations. These portable charging stations (which do not require devices to be plugged in) can be conveniently placed in common areas or directly in meeting rooms. Finally, there is a greater emphasis on teambuilding activities that are intended to challenge groups, and bring them closer together. Some hotels are offering scenic walking trails, GPS-aided scavenger hunts, kayaking into secluded coves or rollerblading on oceanfront boardwalks, among many other recreational activities. 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.