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Ms. Vallier

Kathryn Vallier

General Manager, 907 Main

Kathryn Vallier is the General Manager at 907 Main. With an extensive background in the service and hospitality industry, Ms. Vallier aims to develop her team to provide passionate guest service in addition to overseeing all aspects of the hotel's operational and financial success, as well as establishing the hotel as a contributing member to the diverse spirit of the Central Square community.

Ms. Vallier found her passion for working in the hospitality industry at a young age as an 'At Your Service' agent and quickly volunteered to assist housekeeping. From Hawaii to Rhode Island, she moved between a few properties before settling in Boston where she headed up the Front Office at the 599-room Hilton Boston Logan Airport.

Her talents quickly elevated her to the role of Director of Rooms and Guest Services, where she oversaw multiple departments for three years before coming to 907 Main. Ms. Vallier now brings a personable and innovative approach to her role as General Manager of 907 Main. She has shown her dedication to the project through the growth and development of additional health and safety protocols due to COVID-19. Ms. Vallier looks forward to welcoming guests to a safe and comfortable environment in the fall of 2020.

In her spare time, Ms. Vallier enjoys surfing, gardening, and home renovation projects. Since she was young, she was encouraged to travel abroad which has helped to shape her approach towards the hospitality industry. She enjoys collecting antique bottles and postcards from her various travels. Ms. Vallier considers positivity to be purposeful and contagious, and she believes that there is always a solution.

Please visit http://www.907main.com/ for more information.

Ms. Vallier can be contacted at +1 617-354-9907 or kvallier@907main.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.