President and CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International
For hospitality industry professionals who want a more positive spin on domestic and global Covid-19 statistics than major news outlets provide, Michael Dominguez delivers
— twice weekly. What began as a few LinkedIn posts early in the pandemic soon became weekly Zoom meetings. Demand continued to grow, as meeting planners and ALHI members were hungry for updates that didn't dramatize the situation.
and the audience have been completely organic and have grown over the last 120 days," says Dominguez, who celebrated his one-year anniversary with ALHI in July. "What started with a single call has turned into two calls per week and more than 3,000
clients on the distribution list.
Yes, it's a lot of work, but it's necessary, he says. "I believe that context and a data-driven approach are necessary today, without a narrative. We live in a world where information moves so fast, and
the ability to understand the broader story becomes more difficult."
A high-profile force in the meetings industry for nearly two decades, Dominguez was asked to co-chair EIC's APEX Covid-19 Business Recovery Task Force, curating information
that will guide meeting planners and suppliers in providing safe environments for meetings.
He put the tasks force’s recommendations into action by staging ALHI’s Back to Business Experiential Forum, a Covid-safe live event for meeting professionals, who discussed ways to move forward as an industry. (See video highlights here.)
"The road forward has many speed bumps, for sure," he says, "but we are headed down the road in one direction. We may need to slow down from time
to time, but will continue to move forward. We will recover as an industry; the question is simply at what speed and within what timeline."
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