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Ms. Dickinson

Kristie Dickinson

Senior Vice President, Business Development & Marketing, CHMWarnick

Kristie Dickinson brings more than 25 years of hospitality industry experience, including operations, asset management, acquisition and investment analysis to her current role as Senior Vice President for CHMWarnick (CHMW), a leading hotel asset management and owner advisory services company.

Ms. Dickinson is responsible for corporate marketing, public relations and business development, as well as supporting strategic planning efforts for a client portfolio of more than 50 hotels with 22,000 guestrooms, collectively valued at $10 billion under asset management. She specializes in revenue management practices, sales and marketing effectiveness and market positioning.

Ms. Dickinson has worked with more than 200 hotels of all product types and brands, and understands how to identify opportunities for achieving client goals through CHMW's comprehensive suite of services. She is a member of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI), the International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) and serves the Committee Chair for the Lori E. Raleigh Award for Emerging Excellence in Hospitality Consulting.

Ms. Dickinson is a regularly contributing author to several industry publications on the subjects of hotel ownership, investment, hotel asset management and revenue strategies. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, and minored in Anthropology. She also has a certificate in Revenue Management from Cornell University.

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

Ms. Dickinson can be contacted at +1 978-522-7002 or kdickinson@chmwarnick.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.