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Ms. Hartzler

Susan Hartzler

Public Relations Executive, Mental Marketing

Susan Hartzler is a Public Relations Executive at Mental Marketing working with tourism clients generating feature travel stories and writing travel blogs. A highly innovative, self-motivated and performance-driven public relations professional, Ms. Hartzler is credited with inspired marketing campaigns that utilize both traditional media placements and social media strategies to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of editorial access across a broad spectrum of outlets. Acknowledged for her outstanding ability to create and deliver consistent brand messaging while using creativity to bring campaigns to life, she has extensive experience in the spa arena, consulting in the opening of a variety of world-renown resort spas. Ms. Hartzler is also an award-winning writer who is published in several books and writes her own blog, www.travelswithbliss.blogspot.com, focusing on adventures with her amazingly talented Australian Shepherd, Bliss.

Ms. Hartzler can be contacted at 818-585-8641 or shartzler@mentalmarketing.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.