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Ms. Aggarwal

Benu Aggarwal

Founder & President, Milestone Internet Marketing

Benu Aggarwal, founder and president of Milestone Internet Marketing, is an expert in internet marketing strategies for the travel industry. An award-winning internet marketing firm, Ms. Milestone is a cutting-edge, interactive agency providing complete internet solutions, from web 2.0 to search engine promotion strategies. Ms. Milestone is making a difference on how the travel industry maximizes marketing on the Web, representing over 700 clients worldwide, including major hotel brands and premier resorts. Leading a team of internet marketing specialists, graphic designers, writers, and programmers, Milestone works with clients every step of the way to ensure their success. Ms. Milestone has penned several articles on Search Engine and Social Media Marketing, has written the internet marketing handbook "Hotels to HTMLs", and offers speaking expertise on a diversity of topics. With her lighthearted leadership style, technical marketing experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and motivating “can do” attitude, Ms. Milestone has the ability to communicate technical ideas into tangible practice through step by step instruction. Her speaking engagements are packed with real-life experience and cost effective strategies you can implement right away. Ms. Milestone has been a speaker for Search Engine Strategies - New York, Chicago, San Jose, SMX, Phocuswright - and several nationwide conferences on travel, search engines and online promotions. She was a key speaker in the Pushing Your Profit seminar series sponsored by AMLA and American Express. Milestone Internet Marketing, Inc. is a leading provider of internet marketing solutions for the lodging industry. Milestone's portfolio of services includes Hotel Website Design, Search Engine Optimization, Pay-per-Click marketing, Social Media Optimization, eBuzz Connect™ Online Reputation Monitoring, etc. Milestone currently works with over 1000 hotels and drives over $350M in annual revenue for its clients. Milestone is a preferred vendor for several major lodging industry brands and works with some of the leading management companies. Milestone is also well known as a lodging industry educator for its Hotels to HTMLs internet marketing workshops and book. For more information, please visit www.milestoneinternet.com or call (888) 350-8396.

Ms. Aggarwal can be contacted at 408-492-9055 x 2215 or benu@milestoneinternet.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.