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Ms. Moreno de Tejada

Alejandra Moreno de Tejada

Marketing Manager, Big Worldwide

Alejandra Moreno de Tejada is Marketing Manager at Big Worldwide, parent company of evolution Distribution. In this role, she is responsible for the lead generation and marketing strategies of the company. Passionate about all things digital and having experienced different areas in the industry, from on property room operations, communications in a renowned hotel chain headquarters to marketing in a hotel representation company and hotel technology provider, Ms. Moreno de Tejada has a very clear idea of what the gaps in the industry are and what innovation can help take the industry forward. Ms. Moreno de Tejada holds a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality Management from the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as various specialised CIM and IDM qualifications.

Ms. Moreno de Tejada can be contacted at 44-0-20-7380-8590 or amoreno@ghotw.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.