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Ms. Stirnkorb

Sally Stirnkorb

Marketing Manager, Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa

Sally Stirnkorb brings over 16 years of hotel experience to her role as marketing manager for Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa. Highly familiar with the San Diego County luxury hotel market, Ms. Stirnkorb joined Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront from the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort and under its earlier brand, Four Seasons Resort Aviara, she served as marketing and public relations coordinator for a combined 15 years. During this period, she assisted in resort photo shoots, client and press familiarization visits, social media activity, hotel website management, media relations, collateral development and property marketing budgets. Prior to entering the marketing sector, Ms. Stirnkorb was a catering and conference services coordinator for Four Seasons Aviara, a position she also held earlier at the Westgate Hotel in San Diego. A passionate supporter of community assistance to children and seniors in need, Sally is also a devoted wife, aunt, dog lover, yoga student, gardener and an avid traveler.

Ms. Stirnkorb can be contacted at 760-602-0800 or sally.stirnkorb@hilton.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.