How a Milwaukee Hotel Turned a Boring Boardroom into a Modern Meeting Experience

This isn’t your grandfather’s executive boardroom. When it comes to marketing meeting venues, one Milwaukee hotel is using immersive technology as an alluring demand generator.   Targeting millennial attendees and tech-savvy business travelers, the historic Pfister Hotel's high-tech executive...read more

Favorite Local and Authentic Meeting Experiences to Inspire You

With meeting planners and business travelers increasingly seeking fewer traditional tourist activities and more authentic local experiences, hotels and venues have been combing their destination for immersive local encounters to enhance their group products just to remain relevant. To get hotel...read more

2015's Best Local & Authentic Meeting Experiences to Offer Planners

In just a few short years, we’ve witnessed a significant shift in the way meeting spaces and group experiences are being created, marketed, and sold. Event attendees are increasingly seeking more local and more authentic experiences, and less ‘touristy’ itineraries, as part of their conference...read more

The Fine Art of Creating an Art Hotel

When Denver's eagerly anticipated ART Hotel opened in June in the Mile High City, it joined the ranks of prestigious establishments where the use of world-class artwork is not a decorative afterthought but a meaningful part of the entire guest experience. In fact for some, it is the experience. ...read more

Are Hotel Perks Going the Way of Airlines?

Many moons ago, airline service was impeccable. Your many needs were attended to in a flash whether it was a blanket or an extra soft drink. If they needed to check your bag, they did it without cost or fanfare. The captain and flight attendants were happy and so were you. While I won’t say airline...read more

Why Hotels Are Shifting and Launching New Brands to Attract a Certain Traveler Demographic

Curating local immersive experiences for guests isn’t a new trend. The hotel industry has been moving toward this for a number of years. For instance, the F&B movement known as farm-to-table (circa early 2000s), where local food makes it to the hotel’s banquet table and restaurant, is an...read more

Redefining Experiences That Lead to Family Group Sales

It's All About the Experience My favorite summation of what it means to be a meeting planner is coming to fruition in 2015, as more people are beginning to demand adventurous experiences. Benchmark Resorts and Hotels, a division of Benchmark Hospitality International, published Top Meeting Trends...read more

Four DMOs That Are Creating Brilliant Content for Millennial Meeting Planners & Attendees

It takes more than Tweeting and posting images to Instagram to get hotel group business from millennial-age meeting planners. It now requires creating custom content for a generation hungry for destination intelligence that goes beyond staid and uninspiring tourism guides.  By promoting their cities...read more

The Rise of Untraditional Event Space

Immersive, unique and odd - that's the name of the game when it comes to planning and marketing an event venue. Backal Management Group compiled a list of the 10 recent entertainment trends in meeting and events, and they included immersive experiences that impact all the senses. With so many...read more

7 Must-Read Books for Hospitality Marketing & Sales Directors

Whether you’re by the pool or lounging around the house after putting in hours at the hotel, most likely you’ll reach for your favorite book. This summer, skip your usual mystery or romance novel for a book that will power up your hotel marketing and sales techniques, while also boosting your...read more

DMOs Are Moving Toward Marketing the Attendee Experience

As meeting professionals have become more Internet savvy and additional digital tools have been introduced over the years, Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) and Convention &  Visitors Bureaus (CVBs) are now at a crossroads: either change or become irrelevant. Here is what they are facing:  ...read more

The 10 Hotel Marketing Basics You Must Have in Today's Market

With such a heavy focus on increasing group bookings at hotels, it’s no wonder that marketing often gets the short end of the stick throughout the hotel industry. It’s the same reason that you’ll see robust sales teams but skeleton marketing crews, or a director of sales and rarely a director of...read more

Disney Marketing Tactics for Hoteliers

  No other brand in the world can compare to the omnipotent marketing power of Disney. As both a visionary and innovator, the Walt Disney Company has defied the conventions of hospitality marketing, group business marketing, customer service, and brand loyalty. As an unabashed (and admittedly,...read more

3 Ways to Leverage Brand USA's Effort in 2015 to Book Group Rooms

Countries like France and Italy have long enjoyed traveler praise for their culinary prowess, but the United States also has a rich, cultural culinary history, and it is time to let the world know! Brand USA recently launched a marketing campaign to spread what we who live here know: that even...read more

Hotels Winning at Bleisure Marketing

  Mixing business with leisure while on the road is not a new concept for travelers attending meetings. What IS new is how the hospitality industry targets these travelers when marketing meeting venues and marketing hotels online. After all, what hotel wouldn’t want their guests to extend their...read more

How Hotels Can Avoid Being Creepy or Insulting With Personalized Marketing

One of the biggest trends in hospitality marketing today? Personalization, which means tailoring your marketing interactions with guests or meeting planners based on their social media, online and app behavior; family and lifestyles, preferences, travel history and personal tastes. Travelers and...read more

5 Ways Visual and Experiential Storytelling Inspires Hotel Shoppers

There is nothing quite as captivating as a good story - one that draws you in, makes your heart beat a little faster, and keeps you engaged. Your hotel outlets can tell the continuing tale of your hotel story, drawing in planners and group guests to make a lasting impression and bring them back...read more

5 Hot 2015 Destination Meeting Trends that are Driving the 1st Quarter and Beyond

A number of destination and meetings industry experts weighed in on what is trending in 2015. American Express Meetings & Events 2015 Global Meetings Forecast predicted that the European market will do more with less in 2015 due to declining budgets. But meetings and events in the United States are...read more

Survey Says: There is a Direct Link Between Answering Reviews and Occupancy Rates

A recent survey of over 4,400 hotel properties found that hotel marketing staff that actively engage on social media reviews double their rate of occupancy versus those that don't respond to social at all. In addition, Medallia went on to conclude that the quantity of social media comments and...read more

3 Ways to Debut Your Rock Stars: Employees as Brand Ambassadors

Since a little girl, I've been an avid fan of Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers. One of the most memorable members of the team was Herbie Redmond, a groundskeeper. Herbie had several fond nicknames including "Herbie the Love Bug." I delighted in watching him and anticipated that joyful shuffle...read more
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