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Ms. Ferguson

Cheryl Ferguson

Director of Sales, Hotel del Coronado

Cheryl Ferguson, CMP, is Director of Sales at Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California. As part of the executive team, Ms. Ferguson drives the culture of excellence within the sales function of the 131-year-old resort by mentoring and inspiring her team to dream big, and think out of the box for clients of the resort. Ms. Ferguson's approach places an emphasis on long-term relationships and helping clients find solutions to meeting needs by challenging the status quo through innovative processes.

Ms. Ferguson began her career in hospitality in sales at the iconic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in her home state of Michigan, and later worked at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, also in Michigan. She then moved on to Pinehurst Resort and Club in North Carolina, an historical gem from 1895. She later spent three years in the boutique space at Hotel Contessa in San Antonio. Ms. Ferguson is part of an executive committee at Hotel del Coronado responsible for the launch of a $250 million masterplan renovation that will add 29,000 square feet of meeting space to its expansive inventory, which includes The Del's own private beach. The masterplan renovation will be complete in late 2021. Set on one of America's most iconic beaches, the legendary Hotel del Coronado has welcomed travelers for more than 130 years to experience Southern California coastal lifestyle at its best.

When she is not at her beautiful seaside office, she can be found out on a run or on a bike with her husband enjoying San Diego weather.

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

Ms. Ferguson can be contacted at +1 619-435-6611 or cheryl.ferguson@hoteldel.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.