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Ms. Handy

Allison Handy

Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Prism Hotels & Resorts

Allison Handy is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award winning full service hotel management, investment and advisory services company.

A Partner in the company since 2014, Ms. Handy provides sales and marketing leadership for Prism's portfolio of hotels, and oversees Prism's marketing, public relations and digital marketing program. Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts is one of the most dynamic and successful hotel management companies in the United States. As one of the most experienced operators in the industry, they manage some of the greatest hotels in the country. Prism's experience spans more than 300 premier hotels and luxury resort properties, and they have worked with all leading brands and a number of independent and boutiques hoteliers.

Before joining Prism in August 2007, Ms. Handy spent nearly a decade working for Interstate Hotels & Resorts and MeriStar Hotels & Resorts in various sales capacities, most recently as a Director of Sales and Marketing in San Francisco. During the course of her accomplished career, she has worked closely with such iconic hotel brands as Hyatt, Starwood, Hilton, IHG, and Wyndham.

Ms. Handy graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a degree in Business Administration and an emphasis in entrepreneurial studies. In addition, Ms. Handy studied internationally through the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea Program, allowing her to gain valuable experience and perspectives while traveling and studying in South America, Africa and Southeast Asia. She currently lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, twin daughters and son. She enjoys traveling, cooking, the outdoors, and spending time with her family.

Please visit http://www.prismhotels.com for more information.

Ms. Handy can be contacted at +1 214-257-1011 or allison.handy@prismhotels.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.