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Ms. Thakkar

Nisha Thakkar

Director of Client Services, Milestone Internet Marketing

Nisha Thakkar is a Director of Client Services at Milestone Internet Marketing. In this role, she manages a team of seven SEO/Social Media Strategists that focus on the hospitality industry. She also leads the social media practice for the organization. In this capacity, she manages social media training, paid social, the content marketing team, research, development of new ideas and all strategic social media activities for the client base. Ms. Thakkar works with her team to support SEO strategies and activities for Milestone Internet Marketing clients - including website updates, email blasts, listings management, analysis, reporting, etc. Ms. Thakkar has led a social media webinar for Milestone in 2016 (which is available on the Milestone blog). She has been with Milestone since April of 2015. Prior to Milestone, she was a Director of Social & Content at Digitas, where she worked on brands including Sprint, KAO (Jergens, John Frieda, Ban and Curel), eBay and Miller Lite. Before Digitas, Ms. Thakkar was the Brand Manager at Orbitz Worldwide. She helped to oversee a brand relaunch inspiring America to “Take Vacation Back” and managed the brand marketing budget for the organization. During her time at Orbitz, social media became a tool for organizations to engage with, so she launched and managed many social channels for Orbitz and CheapTickets. When she's not in the office, Ms. Thakkar enjoys exploring new restaurants in Chicago, spending time with family and friends and educating herself in the latest and greatest in social media. Ms. Thakkar holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Northern Illinois University and a Master's Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University.

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

Ms. Thakkar can be contacted at 408-492-9055 or nisha.t@milestoneinternet.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.