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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 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.