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Ms. Roxas-Murray

Mercedita Roxas-Murray

EVP Strategy/Brand Planning & Operations, RedPeg Marketing

Mercedita Roxas-Murray utilizes her 20-years of integrated marketing experience to create award-winning campaigns for clients that successfully integrate experiential with other marketing disciplines. Ms. Roxas-Murray is responsible for the oversight, growth, and ultimate success of all RedPeg accounts as well as the marketing and branding for the agency. A strategy and brand planning specialist, she has developed RedPeg programs for Choice Hotels International, Holiday Inn, Gaylord National, GEICO, Aol, National Guard, and Chevrolet. Leading RedPeg's Travel & Tourism team, Ms. Roxas-Murray spearheaded the effort that garnered a HSMAI Adrian Award for the Cambria Suites Pop Up Program. She was responsible for winning another HSMAI Adrian Award for the agency's Virtual Reality Goggle Tour which launched Choice Hotel's Cambria Suites brand. Ms. Roxas-Murray began her career handling PR for the Japanese government. She then moved onto Bates Advertising Company, Ltd. as the Director of PR where she oversaw and implemented integrated marketing programs for high-range B2B and B2C clients including Microsoft, Telecom Asia, GE Medical, United Parcel Service (UPS), OMEGA, Vidal Sassoon, and Revlon. Prior to joining RedPeg nine years ago, she served as the Marketing Manager (US) for the Hamilton/SWATCH Group Ltd. in New York. A sought-after interviewee, Ms. Roxas-Murray's marketing and business insights have regularly appeared in a variety of media outlets including Inc. Magazine, the Washington Post, Brandweek, Promo, and Event Marketer. Ms. Roxas-Murray has also judged the marketing industry's highly respected Pro Awards.

Ms. Roxas-Murray can be contacted at 703-519-9000 or mrmurray@redpegmarketing.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.