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Ms. Goshow

Kristie Goshow

Vice President Marketing, Sabre Hospitality

Kristie Goshow leads Sabre Hospitality Solutions' global marketing team in all aspects of the product marketing process and brand communications. Prior to joining Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Ms. Goshow was the chief opportunity officer of Smart Thynking FZE, a distribution marketing consultancy specializing in the hospitality and travel sectors. Ms. Goshow successfully launched Dubai's first food & beverage distribution solution called 'Table4ME', which provides hoteliers and restaurateurs with a leading, web-based table management system and customer facing booking widget for direct distribution and third party booking. Also while in Dubai, Ms. Goshow spent more than six years leading the distribution, ecommerce and innovation functions for the Jumeirah Group, a hospitality industry leader specializing in luxury hotels and resorts. With her extensive background in airline, hotel representation, agency and travel technology over the span of 18 years, Ms. Goshow is considered a thought leader in her industry. She has taken on various leadership roles in freight and cargo operations, customer relationship management, marketing and corporate sales with Virgin Atlantic and Scandinavian Airlines, as well as ecommerce and travel industry sales with Le Meridien Hotels and Pegasus Solutions. Goshow previously served on board of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Networking Association (HEDNA), held a seat on the Travolution Advisory board and performed the role of secretary for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Chapter while based in the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Goshow is a published author and a regular speaker at industry conferences, seminars and events. She received her Bachelor's degree in Travel, Tourism and Transport Management from London Metropolitan University.

Ms. Goshow can be contacted at 817-567-9792 or kristie.goshow@sabre.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.