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Ms. Turner

Kristina Turner

Corporate Director of Ecommerce & Marketing, Paramount Hospitality Management (PHM)

Kristina Turner is the Corporate Director of eCommerce & Marketing for Paramount Hospitality Management (PHM).  In her role, Ms. Turner is responsible for all traditional and digital marketing initiatives including paid media campaigns, public relations, social media, reputation management, customer engagement, and search optimization.  She and her team work to effectively drive awareness and direct bookings to their portfolio of hotels and resorts.   

A passionate and motivated professional, Ms. Turner is an expert who has a deep knowledge of the hotel industry as well as digital media.  Prior to her current position, she served as the Area Director of Marketing for Villas of Grand Cypress and The Grove Resort Orlando, where she oversaw a multi-million-dollar marketing strategy which included online advertising, public relations, social media, website content management, email campaigns, promotional activations and more.  Before that, she spent approximately 20 years with Hilton Worldwide where she worked her way up the ranks.  She eventually became the Director of eCommerce where she led a team of 16 people covering more than 600 independent franchise hotels in Florida, Latin America/Caribbean and the Southeast Atlantic regions.  Ms. Turner began her career in the hospitality industry at the Hilton in the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Throughout her career, Ms. Turner has been recognized for her hard work and dedication.  In 2018, she and her partner agency, were recognized as an Adrian Award Silver Winner at HSMAI for their "Look to Book" Remarketing Campaign. She was nominated for Hilton Worldwide's Circle of Excellence Award for three consecutive years and in July 2014, she was selected as part of Hilton's High Performer program, which targets the top performers in the company. 

Ms. Turner graduated Cum Laude from Everest University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.  

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

Ms. Turner can be contacted at +1 321-593-1416 or kturner@phmemail.com

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.