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Ms. Oliver

Marlene Oliver

President, NJC Communications

Marlene Oliver, APR, is a Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Social Media PR specialist with more than 17 years of success in developing, launching, managing and measuring campaigns for Hospitality, Travel & Tourism clients. Known for her strategic approach to communications, Ms. Oliver founded NJC Communications in 2002. Ms. Oliver's niche-focused boutique PR and Marketing Communications company remains at the forefront of the digital realm, serving among the first Travel & Hospitality PR firms to emphasize the importance of digital PR, SEO content development, and the ever-evolving role of social media in PR and Marketing. Fluent in English and Spanish, Ms. Oliver is regularly interviewed and quoted by press internationally as media spokesperson for NJC's clients including tour operators, hotels and resorts, vacation rental companies, vacation exchange firms, theme-parks and attractions, cruise lines, airlines, travel technology companies and travel websites. Ms. Oliver is responsible for strategic communications planning, directing the execution of projects and campaigns, managing the agency's business development, and leading the media relations and online media directives for the company's clients. Additionally, has served on numerous industry conference panels and has served as communications counsel to acclaimed companies including: Interval International, Louis Cruises, Coral Hospitality, Mayan Resorts, Endless Vacation Rentals by Wyndham Worldwide, Tripology, the Central Holidays Travel Group family of companies as well as many other local, national, and international businesses. Throughout her career Ms. Oliver and her work have garnered numerous awards and accolades including: MarCom Award, Travel Agent Magazine Rising Star, ARDA Gold Award for Community Relations Program, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Brass Ring Award - Media Kit, International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Brass Ring Award - Brochure, Travel Industry Association of America, Pow Wow Daily - Media Kit, Best of Attractions. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications from Florida International University, and completed language and culture programs at Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain and Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy. Ms. Oliver received her Accreditation in Public Relations in March of 2003.

Ms. Oliver can be contacted at 305-491-0512 or moliver@njccorp.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.