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Ms. Macy

Elaine Macy

Vice President of Group Sales, Preferred Hotel Group

Elaine Macy is Senior Vice President of Group Sales for Preferred Hotels & Resorts, responsible for overseeing the company's Group Sales division, handling various events around the world and managing a global team of group sales professionals. She joined the company in 2004. Ms. Macy started her career in the travel industry working for World Airways before moving into the incentive travel business, spending five years managing and developing the West Coast operations for Tradewind Tours, a leading Hawaiian corporation. In 1984, Ms. Macy joined Maritz Travel Company as Regional Vice President to pioneer the company's first West Coast operation. Over a 15-year period, she carried $18 million in sales and had total administrative and sales responsibility for efforts in the region. Shortly thereafter, she opened a new full-service operation for Maritz, turning it into a $40 million group travel and meetings office staffed by more than 100 professionals. The West Coast operation processed more than 40,000 participants each year to destinations around the globe. In 1995, Ms. Macy became one of seven founding partner of Ambassadors Performance Group, serving as Vice President of Sales and running an office in Northern California. Alongside John Ueberroth and Peter Ueberroth, she helped build Ambassadors into a major incentive travel house.

Ms. Macy can be contacted at 949-719-3354 or emacy@preferredhotelgroup.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.