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Ms. Butler

Kim Butler

Director of Marketing, Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Kim Butler has built a successful marketing career, with a focus on consumer-facing interactions and creating innovative work environments that connect the dots to success.

Ms. Butler began her career in broadcasting, garnering additional experience in production and sales, earning honors as an award-winning copywriter. Transferring skills from broadcasting to public relations, Ms. Butler successfully managed PR, media relations and marketing communications duties at three Atlantic City casino resorts.

Eager to contribute to Atlantic City's post-casino success, Ms. Butler pursued an opportunity to market The Cordish Company's brand new, ground-up development of an urban-lifestyle outlet shopping center. Due to her hard work and dedication, Ms. Butler was quickly promoted to General Manager of the 750,000 square-foot complex.

The success of the Atlantic City Outlets and The Walk (now Tanger Outlets) was unprecedented and Ms. Butler received honors as Businesswoman of the Year.

After nearly a decade, Ms. Butler joined the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority as Marketing Director. She then relocated to South Florida in 2014 to provide her expertise as VP of Marketing Communications to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

Ms. Butler then began as a marketing consultant for Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort before permanently joining the team in fall of 2018 as Director of Marketing.

As Director of Marketing at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort, Ms. Butler oversees a small, smart team who manage branding, marketing, public relations, content creation, digital initiatives and social media for the AAA Four Diamond-rated, 349-room destination resort and entertainment complex.

Ms. Butler holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ithaca College and resides in Fort Lauderdale with her husband and chocolate Labrador, Bandit.

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

Ms. Butler can be contacted at +1 954-874-4444 or info@margaritavillehollywoodbeachresort.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.