Successful meetings and events, like anything else, need to begin at the right point of Origin.
With 20+ years in the hotel industry, we're here to secure the absolute best hotels for your meeting and event needs. Our goal is to make sure your foundation is rock solid!
To get started, all we need is an initial appointment via phone, email or in person to discuss your details so we can get to work.
The only requirement to use our service is the need for a minimum of 10 guest rooms per night, with or without meeting or function space.
Specializing in Hotel Site Selection, Origin Meetings can source any hotel around the world for your next group event.
With dedication to quick turn around, we compile an easy to read hotel report with all of the targeted hotel proposals side by side.
If there's availability, our proprietary hotel data base, paired with our vast experience in the hotel Industry, insures we'll find the perfect hotel property to exceed your overall expectations.
When you partner with Origin, double rewards points at your favorite hotel brands are guaranteed! Let the experienced hotel professionals negotiate the contract with the hotel sales teams on your behalf.
We know exactly how to secure highly beneficial group contracts with huge amounts of savings and minimal risk. After all, we've been on their side!
Hotel Site Visit Scheduling
If possible, you should experience the top 2 hotel properties as a guest before signing any paperwork. We will schedule your site visits with the hotels on your shortlist and will arrange a complimentary one night stay for the decision maker *based on availability. Terms may apply.
*If someone from your company can't get away to do a hotel site inspection, we can travel for you and conduct the site inspection on your behalf. *Travel charges will apply.
ORIGIN Meetings and Site Selection was founded by Austin Horn after 20+ years in the Hotel, Meetings and Events Industry.
BIO: Austin Horn grew up in the town of New Canaan Connecticut, located 50 miles north of New York City. He began his hospitality career in 1998 behind the front desk of a 127 room Sheraton Hotel in Norwalk, CT. currently the EVEN Hotel by InterContinental.
In less than a year Austin was promoted to Group Sales Manager and was negotiating room blocks and meeting space for groups from 10-100 guests. The following year, his sales team won the "Hotel Sales Team of the Year" award, within all of Waterford's 25 Hotel properties, for - Most overall group rooms revenue booked.
Looking to grow his career in the special events arena, his next step was a promotion to Director of Membership and Events at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, CT. The SRC is owned by the Winklevoss family, from the movie "The Social Network" detailing the infamous story behind the start of Facebook at Harvard University. Austin was responsible for all club and member events, doubling the membership base in 2 years. After his 3rd year at the SRC he relocated to Boston in 2003 where he's held Senior Management positions with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, HEI Hotels, Sonesta Hotels and Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces. Within these properties Austin was responsible for multi-market business development, lead generation, creating and negotiating group booking contracts, hotel site inspections, creating detailed proposals for Fortune 500 companies, meeting management, event design, menu planning, banquet team management and audio visual design. During his career in the industry, Austin has generated over ten million dollars in hotel revenue and has won multiple booking incentive awards such as "Most business generated and booked within the Starwood Hotel brands eastern region- Team Hot" Now he enjoys helping his clients save millions!
Austin has a strong passion for anything hotel and travel related. His career has taken him all over the world to destinations such as Spain, France's Bordeaux and Dordogne regions, all over Italy, Indonesia, Mexico, throughout the US, Hawaii and Caribbean.
ORIGIN Meetings and Site Selection was developed to make sure all organizations, in the beginning, middle and end stages of the event process, have a reputable and experienced partner they can depend on. We want to make sure our clients can enjoy the perfect hotel meeting location, contract conditions and environment, to build an extraordinary event.. An event where the attendees walk away with knowledge, inspiration and the motivation to put their newly discovered knowledge to use!
Make sure whoever you trust with your group is IATA or IATAN accredited.
This is how hotels recognize professional hotel site-selection companies and honor their requests.
There's an urgent need in the marketplace for a site-selection company that isn't built around a pyramid business model, novice reps trying to help unassuming companies with contract negotiation, going up against very experienced hotel sales teams. This bears little to no result for the client who's depending on you. These independent contractors then have to split their small commission with the umbrella company. This means "churn and burn." Get the most amount of groups booked no matter the end result. The most concerning part - they don't require their "experts" to have in-house hotel or conference sales experience!
This is where we separate ourselves.. However, it's just the tip of the iceberg.
Our feeling is,, unless you've worked in a hotel, on a hotel sales team for at least 5 years, claiming to be an expert can be misleading. In our opinion, there's no classroom training that can compare to experience in the field. Without experience in a hotel, how can you offer inside guidance on multiple hotel types and locations, while also negotiating legal contracts with seasoned hotel sales teams?
ORIGIN offers additional services! With most hotel site selection companies, you're limited to site selection - That's it.
With ORIGIN,, hotel site selection is always free of charge. However, what if you need help securing a vendor, like entertainment or transportation? Or you need actual meeting content, a keynote speaker or a team of sales and marketing experts to help develop your next meeting content, eg. "Staying on top of technology in an ever changing business landscape." - ORIGIN Meetings goes the extra mile. We can offer a variety of additional services. Just ask and we'll create a custom proposal and introduce you to our team.
Inspired by our clients and their strong desire to provide one of a kind, top-notch experiences for their attendees, Origin Meetings works hard to help bring that vision to life by delivering a wide variety of exceptional hotel properties in the most sought after locations, with affordable low-risk booking terms. Now you'll be able to make the choice from a variety of different hotel properties rather than being extremely limited.
"Our goal is to create a unique and impactful experience for your attendees, while making the meeting planning process feel effortless for you."
~ Austin Horn
Our award-winning partners at WhatBox Innovation can compose and conduct highly educational meetings and development content, such as- Keeping your sales team efficient and effective in a constantly changing, ultra-competitive environment.- and other important topics for today's successful businesses leaders.
Will you dare to ask the question- What Box?