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Ms. Pizzinato

Elizabeth Pizzinato

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications , Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Elizabeth Pizzinato is responsible for global digital marketing, social media, marketing communications, public relations, corporate communications and reputation management on behalf of the Four Seasons brand. With an ever-expanding portfolio of hotels in more than 35 countries, building the brand's reputation and leadership in the luxury sector through strategic marketing activities is both challenging and rewarding. “I started my career in retail operations many years ago, and gained a real appreciation for the work and attention to detail that make great customer service possible,” says Ms. Pizzinato. “Four Seasons, with its combination of quality, top talent and a passion for excellence, is a dream brand to promote, because it truly does bring the best to bear in creating memorable experiences for our guests the world over; experiences that are rooted in an exceptional service culture.” Her scope of responsibility encompasses the company's brand-level communications activities in interactive, digital, advertising, promotions, direct marketing, and the Four Seasons magazine and newsletters. Ms. Pizzinato also oversees strategic media relations outreach; crisis management; corporate social responsibility initiatives and reputation management. Ms. Pizzinato joined Four Seasons in 1999 from Hill & Knowlton Canada, where she was Vice President and Practice Leader for the Marketing Communications group. Prior to Hill & Knowlton, she was an Account Director with Strategic Objectives Inc., an award-winning consumer media relations boutique agency. Ms. Pizzinato began her marketing career managing media and employee communications for a women's wear retail chain. Ms. Pizzinato graduated from Ryerson University with a business degree in retail management. Before focusing on communications and public relations, she worked in operations as a sales trainer and sales manager in the retail sector. When she's not at the airport suffering through another security line, Ms. Pizzinato lives in Toronto with her husband. Her favourite pastimes include cooking up a storm for family and friends, reading the Sunday papers, and spending time in the garden.

Ms. Pizzinato can be contacted at 416-441-4440 or elizabeth.pizzinato@fourseasons.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.