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Ms. Vaughan

Dianna Vaughan

Global Head & Senior Vice President, All Suites Brands by Hilton

Dianna Vaughan is the global head and senior vice president of the All Suites brands, Hilton's newest brand category encompassing Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton.

In her role, Ms. Vaughan is responsible for the strategic direction, performance and growth of the more than 800 properties that comprise the All Suites brands' footprint, which represent one of the largest portfolios of all-suites inventory in the world.

Most recently, Ms. Vaughan served as the global head and senior vice president of DoubleTree by Hilton. Additionally, she led the launch and brand strategy behind Hilton's two full-service collection brands: the award-winning Curio Collection by Hilton and newly-launched Tapestry Collection by Hilton.

A 20-year hospitality veteran, Ms. Vaughan has held several leadership positions with the company. At the hotel level, she served within many departments including food and beverage, finance, sales & marketing and general manager. Taking her on-property experience to the corporate level, she took on brand leadership positions, overseeing revenue management, Brand Performance Support, and marketing for the Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton and Embassy Suites by Hilton brands.

Ms. Vaughan has also served in multi-brand leadership roles as vice president of marketing for Hilton's portfolio of brands as well as creating the global Hilton Honors marketing promotions team, which develops and executes creative brand promotions to drive revenue. She has also worked with Hilton's CEO and CHRO to lead global culture initiatives, including the Diversity & Inclusion and Team Member Resource groups.


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

Ms. Vaughan can be contacted at +1 901-374-6427 or dianna.vaughan@hilton.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.