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Ms. Fairman

Tracy Fairman

Co-owner and CEO , EproDirect

Tracy Fairman,co-owner and CEO of EproDirect, has been involved hospitality sales and marketing for over 20 years, previously with Marriott and Adam's Mark. Ms. Fairman established EproDirect in 2002 as a marketing & technology company that focuses on the meetings and conventions segment of the hospitality industry. Ms. Fairman was honored in 2007 with HSMAI's “Top 25 Most Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality & Travel Sales & Marketing” Award. She earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) from the Convention Industry Council in 2013 and her CHDM (Certified Hospitality Digital Marketer) from HSMAI in 2014. Ms. Fairman is involved in many industry organizations and currently sits on the Marketing Section Council with ASAE and CMP Conclave Education Task Force with the CIC.

Ms. Fairman can be contacted at 561-417-5513 or tracy.fairman@eprodirect.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.