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Ms. Chambers

Lizz Chambers

Manager of Group Sales, Newport Hospitality Group

Lizz Chambers leads Newport Hospitality Group's Sales and Organizational Development team. With guest expectations continuing to rise, the need for motivated, knowledgeable and guest-focused team members on our sales force has never been greater. The need for a strong sales effort along with sales training and development is crucial and is a dynamic and challenging role which Lizz takes seriously. Ms. Chambers has over 28 years of industry experience that includes broad-based sales and marketing expertise in multiple segments of the travel industry. Her hotel industry experience includes branded, independent, select-service, full-service, extended stay, conference and new construction properties. Ms. Chambers considers sales and marketing to be critical to a property's success. Her team of experts oversee market analysis, positioning, revenue strategy, yield and demographic analysis as well as the company's internet marketing initiatives. To accomplish these tasks, Lizz works with her corporate team to ensure that each property develops a marketing strategy and oversees its successful execution. NHG has been on the edge of the e-commerce trend since 1994 when we launched our first corporate website and one of the first online booking engines in the industry. Lizz is on the forefront of e-commerce and insures that, as a marketing tool, it is best utilized for the specific needs of each property. “Everybody Sells” is her company's battle cry, from Sales Directors to Guest Service Personnel to our Rooms Care Associates (Maintenance and Housekeeping), everyone at NHG receives sales training. Ms. Chambers is also a member of Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, The Council of Hotel and Restaurant Trainers and is a Certified Hospitality Administrator and Certified Hospitality Educator with American Hotel and Lodging Association's Educational Institute.

Please visit www.nhghotels.com for more information.

Ms. Chambers can be contacted at 757-221-6830 or lizzc@nhghotels.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.