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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 August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.