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Ms. Coloccia

Jane Coloccia

President & Chief Creative Officer, JC Communications, LLC

Jane Coloccia is the President & Chief Creative Officer of JC Communications, LLC, a boutique agency specializing in communication for the travel, lifestyle, and food industries. She began her career on the editorial side as Assistant Travel Editor of Modern Bride Magazine where she developed a keen sense of what editors like and dislike when being pitched by a PR professional. With more than 20 years of experience in working with everything from big brand name hotels to independent resorts and small inns, Ms. Coloccia knows the hospitality business inside and out. In fact, she is probably the first and only public relations executive who has received the Certified Hospitality Marketing Executive (CHME) designation from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International. Ms. Coloccia's expertise also includes a stint at The Leading Hotels of the World as Director of Communications, which helped to solidify her luxury hospitality marketing skills. She has won a variety of awards for her writing and public relations campaigns including from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International and also the New York chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. Her biggest concern about hospitality marketers is complacency — when hoteliers think they can just sit back and wait for the business to come to them rather than embracing every tool at our disposal to touch the consumer every way they can. Ms. Coloccia is a member of trend guru Faith Popcorn's Brain Reserve Talent Bank and also blogs on travel as the New York Luxury Travel Examiner. Ms. Coloccia's writing has been published in a wide variety of trade and consumer magazines, she has been called upon to speak at many industry conferences on various marketing and communications topics, she provides training for companies who seek to develop the marketing communications skills of their mid and senior-level managers, and she is also a pop-culture author. She has written a non-fiction book, "Confessions Of An Online Dating Addict," and is currently at work on a second book as well as a screenplay.

Ms. Coloccia can be contacted at 310-456-4631 or jane@jcccommunicationsllc.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.