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Mr. Kingsbury

Garrett Kingsbury

Senior Digital Marketing Manager, Cendyn

Garrett Kingsbury is a creative and strategic leader in the digital marketing industry - developing a craft in driving relevant consumers with some of the world's most renowned resorts in the hospitality industry. He has established a history of combining data-driven marketing with creative strategies for hotels & resorts - attaining and reaching client goals and objectives while driving revenue growth.

At Cendyn, Mr. Kingsbury oversees the Strategy and Social Media teams while managing a handful of the Tier 1 accounts. As a local graduate from Florida Atlantic University, he doubled majored in Business Marketing and Manager, and is located at our Boca Raton headquarters office.

Mr. Garrett has over 5+ years of hospitality marketing experience at Cendyn, working with clients such as AMResorts, The Breakers Palm Beach, The Boca Resort and Montage Resorts. His specialties lie in Digital Marketing, with a focus on Display + Video advertising, Programmatic Buying, Facebook Advertising, Market Research and Media Buying - all with a proven track record of experience and success.

Mr. Kingsbury works closely with his teams to ensure all clients are receiving the quality attention needed to help reach their desired goals. He also works closely with the internal Search Engine Marketing and CRM teams to align their goals and objectives for all clients working with Cendyn's digital teams.

Recently attending the Skift Global Forum Conference in New York City, he has attended several industry-related conferences, including a handful led by the South Florida Interactive Marketing Association and the Videonomics Roundtable Summit in Miami.

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

Mr. Kingsbury can be contacted at +1 561-750-3173 or gkingsbury@cendyn.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.