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Ms. Broussard

Denise Broussard

Senior Vice President Revenue Management & eCommerce, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Denise M. Broussard is the Senior Vice President of Revenue Management & eCommerce for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. She is responsible for overseeing the global Revenue Management efforts of the company's nearly 400 hotels in the USA. A 31-year veteran of the hotel industry, and 11 years with Interstate, Ms. Broussard previously held a Regional Director of Revenue Management position and was the former Corporate Director of Revenue Management with Flagstone Hospitality, managing the RFS REIT portfolio, overseeing more than 55 hotels. Prior to entering the Revenue Management discipline, Ms. Broussard held several operational roles, including General Manager at several hotels across the country. Ms. Broussard was named to her current position in 2007.

Ms. Broussard can be contacted at 703-387-3100 or denise.broussard@ihrco.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.