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Ms. Churchill

Elizabeth Churchill

Chief Revenue Officer, Aqua-Aston Hospitality

Elizabeth Churchill is Chief Revenue Officer of Aqua-Aston Hospitality, a premier hotel management group with an extensive portfolio of hotels and resorts in Hawaii and on the U.S. mainland. Ms. Churchill oversees the marketing, sales, revenue management and reservations functions. She is a veteran marketer and sales leader with expertise in hotel rebranding and repositioning and extensive knowledge of the hospitality and tourism industries. Ms. Churchill's marketing strengths include: setting strategic plans, executing on strategy to grow a business and drive profitability, turnaround strategies, building effective teams, driving ROI, branding and identity, analysis, technology vetting, e-Commerce and digital strategies, sales and sales leadership, revenue optimization and distribution, niche marketing and public relations. Ms. Churchill's progressive marketing and revenue management techniques led to growth for Aqua Hospitality over the last ten years. Her tenure as part of the Aqua family began in 2005, during which she orchestrated a rebranding of the company which helped to triple the number of rooms it oversees. Ms. Churchill's accomplishments include transforming the former W Honolulu Hotel into the Lotus Honolulu, rescuing the iconic Ilikai Hotel & Suites on Oahu, transitioning Wailea's Diamond Resort into the trendy Hotel Wailea Maui, and reopening the historic Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. Ms. Churchill is focused on developing and executing a holistic approach to Aqua-Aston Hospitality customers across all of its brands, and driving customer acquisition, retention and profitability.

Please visit www.aquahospitalityllc.com for more information.

Ms. Churchill can be contacted at 808-943-9291 or echurchill@aquahospitality.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.