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Ms. Fredeen

Allyson Fredeen

Communications Manager, Ritz Carlton - Denver

Allyson Fredeen has over 12 years of Public Relations and Marketing experience. She began her career as a Public Relations intern for Bloomingdale's in downtown Chicago; she then worked for the Miami area stores as Assistant Public Relations Manager for two years where she planned and executed in-store events, worked with local media to garner publicity and was responsible for day-to-day internal and external communication activities. In 2007, Ms. Fredeen moved back to her hometown of Denver, CO where she began her hospitality career at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver in the pre-opening phase. Over the last nine years, she has spearheaded Public Relations, Marketing and Communications tactics for the hotel while also overseeing these efforts for a period of time at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, the sister hotel to The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, located in the Vail Valley area. In her current position as Communications Manager, Ms. Fredeen crafts and implements communications strategies and generates ongoing publicity for The Ritz-Carlton, Denver to ensure presence through various media channels in both the local community and in regional, national and international key feeder markets. She is responsible for the strategy and execution of media plans through traditional channels, digital and social platforms and key influencers who can tell a story to their highly-engaged audiences. In her role, Ms. Fredeen also delivers on the digital strategies for the Ritz-Carlton and ELWAY'S restaurant website, OTA's and other third party sites. She also executes against social media plans, acts as the hotels spokesperson often hosting local radio shows and making live TV appearances, oversees all photo and video shoots, and is heavily involved in various Community Footprints initiatives which is the Corporate Responsibly program of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Ms. Fredeen has earned the following accolades during her time with Ritz-Carlton: Award: 2016 - Five Star Leader of Q4. Award: 2015 Chairman's Circle Achiever for Public Relations at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. Award: 2014 Employee of the Year, by the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association for The Ritz-Carlton, Denver Award: Ritz-Carlton, Denver: 2010 Public Relations & Marketing Hotel of the Year, Western Region, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

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

Ms. Fredeen can be contacted at 303-312-3826 or allyson.fredeen@ritzcarlton.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.