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Ms. Gendron

Mary Gendron

Senior Vice President / Managing Director, Mower

Mary Gendron heads the New York City office of Mower, which ranks among the nation's most prominent independent marketing, advertising and public relations firms, appearing on "best of" industry lists in each of its primary practice categories. Ms. Gendron also leads the agency's Travel and Tourism practice whose clients span hotels, destinations, airlines and attractions including Pebble Beach Resorts, Westchester County Tourism & Film, Lufthansa Group and Maid of the Mist. The agency provides marketing counsel and services to this sector ranging from advertising to public relations, digital to traditional media, as well as paid search, SEO and analytics, organic and paid social and an array of strategic services, including crisis communications planning. Mower is a specialist in connecting brands with their constituents in meaningful, profitable, friendly, and lasting ways. In partnership with client companies, Mower's work has won countless travel and tourism and general marketing industry awards for effectiveness and creativity.

Ms. Gendron received the 2011 Winthrop W. Grice Lifetime Achievement Award in Public Relations from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. She was a founding board member of ISPA and of Washington Spa Alliance. She also served on the board of New York Spa Alliance and has been a delegate to the Global Wellness Summit. Ms. Gendron was named to Mayor Rudy Giuliani's Crisis Communications Committee in the aftermath of 9/11. She is a frequent speaker and author on various marketing topics.


Please visit https://www.mower.com/travel-and-tourism/ for more information.

Ms. Gendron can be contacted at +1 212-980-9065 or mgendron@mower.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.