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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 January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.