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Ms. Nunez

Ashley Nunez

Marketing Associate, Interactive Web Tours

Ashley Nunez has been the voice of Interactive Web Tours since its creation. She is the voice-over artist and marketing associate creating script and promotional materials. Interactive Web Tours is a virtual tour business owned and run by Robert Nunez. She was introduced to Interactive Web Tours and immediately believed it was one of the most effective tools for any and all businesses to use. Mr. Nunez's passion and ability to create one-of-a-kind virtual tours and Ms. Nunez's skill with words, the business has grown over the years. Ms. Nunez worked for Artistic Expressions Photography and then with Interactive Web Tours for almost ten years. With this knowledge she feels confident that Interactive Web Tours is by far one of the most visually appealing and professional virtual tour photography businesses in the country.

Ms. Nunez can be contacted at 508-883-8940 or ashsnunez@gmail.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.