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Ms. Finjer

Corey Finjer

Sr. Vice President, Hawkins International PR

Corey Finjer has been with Hawkins International PR (HIPR), a top-tier global PR firm specializing in travel lifestyle, hospitality and spa/wellness brands, for almost a decade. Since joining HIPR, she has overseen the launch of several major projects from the multi-million dollar redesign of Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort to the rebranding and opening of the former Versace mansion in Miami as The Villa By Barton G. Ms. Finjer also oversees ongoing traditional and new media relations campaigns for luxury hotel brands, such as Dorchester Collection, independent boutique properties, such as XV Beacon in Boston, start-ups such as Flytographer and TINT, and airlines such as La Compagnie, among others. Ms. Finjer also runs the agency's digital division, amplifying traditional results-oriented media efforts by masterfully guiding existing and new clients across the complex digital space. The digital team has seen 200% growth over the past year, developing their clients' strategic social initiatives and content, launching targeted influencer marketing programs, and elevating their community management action plans. Ultimately, she is responsible for changing the way luxury travel brands and individual properties reach and connect with their audiences - globally - across social media platforms. Prior to joining HIPR, Ms. Finjer found her passion for the hospitality industry working in-house managing marketing and public relations for The Charles Hotel, a luxury property in Cambridge, MA. She received a bachelor of science in communications, summa cum laude, with a concentration in public relations, and a bachelor of arts in psychology, magna cum laude, from Boston University.

Ms. Finjer can be contacted at 212-255-6541 or corey@hawkpr.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.