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Ms. Hembree

Allie Hembree

Public Relations Manager, International SPA Association

Allie Hembree is the public relations manager at the International SPA Association (ISPA), working with global media outlets as she promotes the visions and messages of the spa industry. She is a frequent contributor to Pulse magazine, which is the official trade publication of ISPA. Since 1991, the International SPA Association has been recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing health and wellness facilities and providers in more than 70 countries. Members of ISPA encompass the entire arena of the spa experience, from resort/hotel, destination, mineral springs, medical, club, and day spas to service providers such as physicians, wellness instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists and product suppliers. ISPA advances the spa industry by providing invaluable educational and networking opportunities, promoting the value of the spa experience and speaking as the authoritative voice to foster professionalism and growth. To read digital Pulse and learn more about ISPA, visit experienceispa.com or email ispa@ispastaff.com. ISPA is offering readers a free gift. Visit experienceispa.com/gift to receive your special gift from ISPA. Ms. Hembree has a background is broadcast journalism and public relations and is currently pursuing her Master's of Business Administration from Midway College in Midway, Kentucky.

Ms. Hembree can be contacted at 859-425-5072 or allie.hembree@ispastaff.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.