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Ms. Kelley

Jacki Kelley

Yahoo! Category Development Officer, Travel

Jacki Kelley currently serves as the Category Development Officer for Travel, responsible for developing and leading online marketing strategies for Yahoo!'s travel clients. Ms. Kelley works with Yahoo!'s world-class marketing solutions to create integrated programs that increase brand association and purchase intent/sales. Ms. Kelley is a member of the AAF Hall of Achievement for advertising executives who have achieved significant results before the age of 40. Prior to joining Yahoo!, she was Senior Vice President of Advertising for USA TODAY, responsible for the publication's worldwide advertising operations. She has held several positions with USA TODAY including Vice President of Advertising for the travel section, Director of National Circulation Sales and Manager of Sales Development. Today, Ms. Kelley remains active in the travel category as a member of the Marketing Committee of the American Hotel and Lodging Foundation, a board member of the Travel Industry Association and a board member of the Travel Business Roundtable. She also serves on the national board of the American Advertising Federation. Ms. Kelley is a graduate of Pepperdine University.

Ms. Kelley can be contacted at 212-381-6860 or jkelley@yahoo-inc.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.