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Mr. Brooke

Peter Brooke

Founder, Blue Interactive Agency

For the last 16 years Peter Brooke has been involved with a number of local and international organizations seeking his expertise in developing an online digital presence. Now a global digital professional, Mr. Brooke has experience in business development, digital media strategy, mobile strategy, online advertising, social media planning and the commercializing of digital properties.

Mr. Brooke has built a digital marketing professional services practice for Blue Interactive Agency, taking it from humble beginnings to a multi-million dollar, successful, award-winning company. Despite his strong digital background, he enjoys engaging with a variety of individuals, aware of the importance of maintaining people relationships in the business environment in order to be truly successful.

Prior to founding Blue Interactive Agency, Mr. Brooke developed online marketing strategies for Citrix Systems, Inc., MCI WorldCom and Diageo.

Mr. Brooke serves on several advisory boards for a number of local foundations and charities in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  His specialties include online hotel marketing, data analysis, online digital strategy, project management, creative design management, search engine marketing, pay per click, search engine optimization, online marketing, direct marketing, lead generation, web marketing, natural search, paid search, Google AdWords, social media marketing (brand protection and promotion), email marketing, affiliate marketing and e-commerce.

Follow his Tweets on Twitter - https://twitter.com/peterbrooke Read his weekly blog: http://www.blueinteractiveagency.com/seo-blog/

Mr. Brooke can be contacted at 954-779-2801 or peter.brooke@speaktoblue.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.