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Mr. Gilley

Jeremy Gilley

Director of Sales and Revenue, Glenwood Hot Springs

Jeremy Gilley has served as Glenwood Hot Springs' director of sales and revenue since Nov. 2011. His extensive background in tourism and hospitality has helped position the mineral hot springs resort as an increasingly popular choice for domestic and international visitors seeking destinations with wellness options. Prior to arriving at Glenwood Hot Springs, Mr. Gilley was the director of revenue at the historic Hotel Colorado, another venerable Glenwood Springs property where he helped contribute to a 26 percent increase in occupancy levels. Mr. Gilley graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Since 2003, he has worked in the hospitality industry in Oklahoma and Colorado building relationships with key corporate, travel and tour companies and growing revenue through a variety of avenues including trend forecasting, yield management and marketing and budgeting strategies. His current focus is on developing business strategies aimed at international markets in Europe and Japan. “An awarding-winning spa combined with the growing interest in the benefits of mineral spring hydrotherapy has enabled Glenwood Hot Springs and the Spa of the Rockies to gain traction with a customer base that values wellness leisure travel,” said Mr. Gilley. Mr. Gilley's responsibilities encompass the entire Glenwood Hot Springs property including the 107-room Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club, the Sport Shop and the Grill. The property relies on his skills to develop sales strategies, target and initiate action plans to secure new and enhanced revenue opportunities, build community relations, as well as for promotions, special events and internal staff sales training. Mr. Gilley also acts as the marketing liaison with outside marketing and public relations firms.

Mr. Gilley can be contacted at 970-945-3324 or jgilley@hotspringspool.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.