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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 4402073808590 or amoreno@ghotw.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.