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Ms. Lutz

Didi Lutz

President, Didi Lutz PR

Didi Lutz is an internationally acclaimed hospitality public relations professional specializing in boutique hotels, luxury travel, destination and tourism communications. Prior to starting her own business in February 2005, Ms. Lutz was the Director of Communications for the Hotel Commonwealth, a 150-room luxury property in Boston. Within the first year of the Hotel Commonwealth's opening, she established the media relationship that led to worldwide recognition for the property as one of Ten Best New Business Hotels by Forbes.com. After starting her own consulting practice in 2005, Ms. Lutz expanded her client list. She worked with the historic Century House, the oldest continuously operating inn on Nantucket, and opened the boutique Hotel Providence in Rhode Island's theatre and entertainment district, along with the property's restaurant. Ms. Lutz has worked on various other destination marketing initiatives, including executing a media relations plan for the Provincetown Office of Tourism in cooperation with a Boston-based public relations agency. Her reputation expanded internationally when she started working with the four-star boutique Hotel Heritage in the charming historic city of Bruges in Belgium, and the Zacosta Villa Hotel in Rhodes, Greece. Ms. Lutz has also worked on lifestyle consumer campaigns including Snip-its, the fastest growing children's salon in the nation, which won a Bellringer Award for Best Consumer campaign by the Publicity Club of New England in 2009. Most recently, she assisted in the media relations campaign for the US launch of the luxurious Hotel Chocolat in Boston's Newbury Street.

Ms. Lutz can be contacted at 561-628-7422 or didi.lutz@gmail.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.