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Ms. Van Leunen

Diane Van Leunen

Director of Digital Marketing, Flip.to

Diane Van Leunen is the Director of Digital Marketing at Flip.to, the advocacy marketing platform that helps hotels reach, inspire and convert entirely new global audiences of travelers every day. Ms. Van Leunen began her career as a designer in advertising and branding. Soon after, she was propelled into the world of hospitality. She took a position in art direction at Plan A PR and Marketing, a public relations firm specializing in the B2B hotel technology space. Following agency life, Ms. Van Leunen moved client-side, tackling hotel marketing with a creative role on the corporate team at The Kessler Collection—a boutique hotel group that provides curated experiences to discerning travelers. In Ms. Van Leunen's role at Flip.to she leads the development of communication and brand strategies for the growing platform. Her unique background gives her the right mix of skills to make an impact across the entire organization, collaborating on a daily basis with the creative, marketing, sales and account management teams to drive success. In all, Ms. Van Leunen has spent over 8 years gaining intimate knowledge in global travel technology while being introduced to many of the best and brightest minds in the industry. She's as passionate about learning as in her beginnings as a designer, and is today immersed in thoughtful product design and marketing on a world-class team of innovators. Her work has been published in Print Magazine's Regional Design Annual and she has earned numerous industry accolades while also being named the Employee of the Year in 2016 at Flip.to. True to her roots in travel, her free time is spent exploring new destinations worldwide alongside friends and her furry, four-legged companion.

Please visit http://www.flip.to for more information.

Ms. Van Leunen can be contacted at 321-234-2086 or dvanleunen@flip.to

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.