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Ms. Blickley

Marina Blickley

Litigation Associate Labor and Employment Group, Venable LLP

Marina Blickley is a litigation associate in Venable LLP's Labor and Employment group where she focuses her practice on management-side employment and labor law counseling and representation. Ms. Blickley represents employers in a variety of industries, including hospitality, government contracting, and trade and professional associations. Since joining Venable, Ms. Blickley has participated in bargaining over retiree health care pursuant to collective bargaining agreements and advising clients on other labor issues. Ms. Blickley has also worked on various employment litigation and administrative matters concerning employment discrimination, retaliation, contract disputes, restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets, computer fraud and theft, and violations of wage and hour laws. For more information, please visit http://www.venable.com/marina-b-blickley/.

Ms. Blickley can be contacted at 703-760-1927 or mbblickley@venable.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.