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Ms. Quinn

Florence Quinn

President & Founder, Quinn PR

Florence Quinn has a near-clairvoyant ability to anticipate trends, cut to what is important and seemingly pull creative ideas out of a hat. Her marketing intelligence has sparked some of the most effective hotel and travel PR ideas and campaigns of our time.

An artist at heart, Ms. Quinn believes that great work has simplicity, inspiration and form. "Like the grid beneath a Jackson Pollock painting." Her vision and work ethic have nurtured and shaped her into a strategic powerhouse of brand storytelling that builds audiences, produces revenue and transforms brands. "We apply CMO thinking and a 360° approach to operate at the intersection of magic and math," says Ms. Quinn. "Our guiding principle is attraction over 'selling.'"

As a heavily decorated winner of nearly every award available to PR professionals and having appeared on a number of magazine covers, Ms. Quinn coaches and inspires her team to find the best strategic and creative solutions then measure them against the client's brand and goals.

Shark Tank-shark and business-mogul Barbara Corcoran agrees: "The amazing thing about Florence is that she's an extremely creative individual, and on top of that she's able to transfer that inspiration to the people who work with her so she's able to build a giant creative team. Do you know how unusual that is in the PR business?"

A Connecticut native, Ms. Quinn keeps letters received from Katharine Hepburn while at Smith College in her office as a reminder to be an independent thinker. She resides in Westport with her son, dog and gardens.

Please visit http://www.quinn.pr for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/florenceq/

Ms. Quinn can be contacted at +1 212-868-1900 or fquinn@quinn.pr

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.