HELSINKI, FINLAND – MeetingPackage who only two days ago was named as the 2021 best Group Sourcing and RFP software by Hotel Tech Report has been attracted Abbie Michaelson as the company’s new COO.
Mr. Michaelson holds a long background from the Hotel, Hospitality and Travel industry and has worked in executive leadership positions in companies such as Lanyon, Cvent and HRS.
MeetingPackage Founder and CEO, Joonas Ahola commented: “Abbie is a great asset to the company and brings a lot of experience from the industry and management teams to get our company to the next stage. Getting Abbie on board comes at a perfect timing as we are preparing for hyper growth during 2021.”
“I have known MeetingPackage and Joonas from when I used to work for Lanyon. I was impressed with his vision and technology roadmap back then and what the team has achieved in the last years is remarkable. I haven’t seen any other product or business in the market that has managed to solve the age-old industry problem of digitizing the sale of group bedroom, meeting and event spaces combined with sales and catering, all with the option of instant booking in the way that MeetingPackage has completed”, says Abbie Michaelson.
Abbie continues, “COVID has accelerated the need to address digital transformation as part of their OPEX reduction scheme, our customers are looking to digitize this area of their business. Solving this problem is indeed a sweet spot for MeetingPackage as it is the only company, globally, that supports direct integrations to multiple PMS and Sales & Catering solutions. Adding our unique Booking Engine platform, MeetingPackage empowers the hotels and venues to sell their meeting rooms as easy as their hotel rooms thereby releasing experienced employees to focus on other challenges. I am thrilled to join MeetingPackage at this exciting time and with this tremendous advancement that is genuinely helping the hotels, travel agencies and other industry vendors to recover efficiently and profitably from the Coronavirus crisis.”
“Like most businesses during the pandemic, we were forced to rethink our business model and customer acquisition. During the last year we launched a full self-service model of our product for independent hotels and venues and were able to attract more than 2,700 individual hotels to start using the MeetingPackage platform with the intention to be first to market in providing instant booking. We are supporting all hotels and venues that are looking to fill in their empty meeting rooms without the need to invest in expensive human resource. I am super excited that Abbie has joined the team to help achieve the growth goals we have planned for the future,” says Joonas Ahola.