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Ms. Melanson

Judy Melanson

Vice President Travel & Hospitality Practice Leader, Chadwick Martin Bailey

Judy Melanson's clients include the Hilton Family of Hotels, Royal Caribbean, MTV, and Avis/Budget Rent-a-Car. They frequently call upon her for the experience, insight, and focused use of market information she employs to drive strategy on their highest visibility research projects. Ms. Melanson's expertise focuses on current (and potential) high value customers and supports marketing communications and brand/product development; loyalty program benefit optimization to find the sweet spot between cost management and customer preference; and brand health monitoring to map the market's connection to brand and focus on actions to strengthen relationships. Ms. Melanson applies high-end analytics to assist clients with business-focused and action-oriented recommendations. She has been with CMB for 20 years. Prior to joining Chadwick Martin Bailey, Ms. Melanson was a Sales Executive for a Resort Hotel, sold timeshares, and was a tour guide in Scotland. She has served as the President of the Boston Chapter of the American Marketing Association and frequently speaks at industry conferences. She is frequently published in Loyalty Management, Hospitality Executive, Sales and Service Excellence, The Journal of Business Strategy, and Sales and Service Excellence. Ms. Melanson earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College and her M.B.A., cum laude, from Babson College. Clients such as the Hilton Family of Hotels, Royal Caribbean, MTV, and Avis/Budget Rent-a-Car frequently call upon Ms. Melanson for the experience, insight, and focused use of market information she employs to drive strategy on their highest visibility research projects.

Ms. Melanson can be contacted at 617-350-.8922 or judym@cmbinfo.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.