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Ms. Harkness

Sarah Harkness

Marketing Manager, Screen Pilot

Sarah Harkness is the Marketing Manager for Screen Pilot, a Denver-based hospitality marketing agency that specializes in telling the stories of hotels and resorts using data science, creativity and strategic market place insights. Originally hailing from Austin - which explains her love of queso, lakes, and live music.

Ms. Harkness attended college at Wake Forest University in North Carolina where she studied Media Communications but never found Tex-mex that was ever quite the same. She began her career as a PR & Marketing Intern for the Head Office of Harvey Nichols in London where she worked with publications including Grazia, Tatler, The Times on Sunday, The Daily Mail, and more.

For the last 8 years she has lived in Denver where she has consulted for clients in luxury, fashion, and hospitality. She regularly contributes as an author on Hospitality Net, Hotel Marketing, and eHotelier exploring topics related to marketing, trends, technology and data in the travel and hospitality industry. Her passion for travel extends beyond the professional realm and she has visited over 21% of the world's countries and is hoping to make that 100% someday.

Ms. Harkness is the Founder of the Denver Agency Meetup and a member of The Denver Junior League.

Please visit http://www.screenpilot.com for more information.

Ms. Harkness can be contacted at +1 720-336-0610 or sharkness@screenpilot.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.