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Ms. Orlando

Dana Orlando

General Manager, Hotel Ivy

Dana Orlando, a hospitality professional with over 19 years of hotel experience, is the current General Manager at Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis, a historic and award-winning property. With an extensive career in the hospitality industry, Michigan native Dana Orlando joins the Hotel Ivy team from previous executive roles at hotels including Director of Sales Group and Catering at The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Hotel Manager at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah, where she started as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Ms. Orlando has a successful record of applying a strategic perspective and proven expertise to develop, implement, and drive execution of initiatives that maximize operational effectiveness and profitability. A passion for building highly successful teams driving KPI growth as well as adapting to and execution against new and evolving strategies. Ms. Orlando is spearheading the operation of the historic 136-room downtown Minneapolis property. Located next to the Convention Center and just steps away from key retail areas and downtown offices, Hotel Ivy is a destination of choice for those traveling to the Twin Cities. The iconic property, which features 136 rooms, 21 luxurious suites, and a full Day Spa, also incorporates the historic Ivy Tower, which was completed in 1930 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Ms. Orlando has received numerous distinctions in her performance, including Circle of Excellence recipient for Director of Sales and Marketing of the Year with Hilton Luxury Brands in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Ms. Orlando and her team were awarded 2013 Most Improved RevPAR Growth for Hilton Luxury Brands. She received her Master of Business Administration from University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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

Ms. Orlando can be contacted at 612-746-4600 or dana.orlando@thehotelivy.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.