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Ms. Sandoval

Anne Sandoval

Marketing Manager, Travel Media Group

Anne Sandoval is the marketing manager of Travel Media Group, a hospitality marketing solutions provider with over 30 years of experience in helping hotels increase revenue. As marketing manager, Ms. Sandoval focuses on educating hoteliers on how their online presence can influence guest acquisition and overall revenue. Through articles, white papers, video, social media and product marketing, Ms. Sandoval distributes resources for hotel owners and managers to inform them on best practices for social media, reputation management and more. Under her leadership, the marketing department has increased focus on creating dynamic customer experiences throughout the customer lifecycle with Travel Media Group. Her team also supports hospitality marketing consultants with improved educational collateral. Her team promotes all Travel Media Group product launches and manages the company website, social media and advertising efforts. Ms. Sandoval is also responsible for the branding and promotion of HotelCoupons.com and Drive the Nation. These brands help travelers save money and inspire road trips across the U.S. In 2016, she spearheaded a co-branded social media campaign called Parks Madness, which resulted in over 100,000 votes. It is this type of traveler engagement that she hopes to inspire hotel brands to incorporate into their local social media strategies. Ms. Sandoval has extensive experience in hotel marketing from her background in content writing and social media for an Orlando advertising agency specializing in hotel website development and social media management. Ms. Sandoval has a master's degree from University of Central Florida (UCF) in mass communication with a graduate certificate in corporate communication. She also received her bachelor's degree in advertising/public relations from the University of Central Florida. Ms. Sandoval teaches an online social media course for undergraduates as an adjunct instructor at UCF.

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

Ms. Sandoval can be contacted at 407-673-6123 or anne.sandoval@travelmediagroup.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.