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Ms. Barradas

Eliane Barradas

Director of Sales, CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

Eliane Barradas recently joined the executive team at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa as director of sales for the four-diamond resort. Ms. Barradas strengthened the resort team with more than 16 years of hospitality sales and event experience. As the strategic business leader of the beachfront property's sales department, Ms. Barradas' role involves development of on-property sales functions to build long-term, value-based customer relationships to achieve the 433-room property's sales objectives. She is also responsible for implementing strategies to meet and exceed the needs of guests in the leisure and group sales functions. Ms. Barradas has achieved an array of professional success at various Marriott properties throughout Mexico and Portugal by increasing social sales and creating loyalty with top companies Ms. Barradas began her career with Marriott in 1996 as food and beverage director assistant for JW Marriott Mexico City. She also spent time at the Marriott Ixtapan de la Sal Hotel and Spa, Lisbon Marriott Hotel Portugal and Airport Marriott Hotel Mexico City. Prior to joining the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta team, she spent three years as associate director of sales for groups and events at The St. Regis Mexico City. Highlights of her accomplishments include receiving Manager of the Month (February 2012) at The St. Regis, Mexico City and the Continental Europe Event Management Team Special Achievement Award. Ms. Barradas is a graduate of Universidad Veracruzana and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Tourism Business Administration. She also holds a post-grad degree in Tourism Specialization from the Scuola Internatiozionale di Scienze Turistiche in Rome, Italy and earned her MBA from the Universidad Chapultepec in Meixco. She speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese fluently.

Ms. Barradas can be contacted at 52-322-226-0000 or eliane.barradas@marriott.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.