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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 August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.