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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 January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.