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Ms. Morrison

Ginny Morrison

VP Sales & Marketing, Spire Hospitality

Ginny Morrison oversees all sales and marketing efforts for both owned and managed properties of Spire Hospitality, in her role as vice president of sales & marketing. Ms. Morrison joined Lane Hospitality in 1988 as general manager and was promoted to regional general manager, then regional director of sales and marketing.

From ski resorts in Colorado to corporate hotels in Chicago and other large markets, Ms. Morrison has utilized her 25-year hospitality career, operational skills and marketing know-how to ensure profitable and service-oriented hotels. Since being promoted to her current position in 2010, Spire Hospitality sales have doubled.

With a B.A. in nutrition from Bowling Green State University, Ms. Morrison began her career as chef-manager of a French bistro. After completing a management-training program with Vicorp Specialty Restaurants, she served as food & beverage director with Concord Hotels of Cleveland and then as general manager for the company's Holiday Inn in Beachwood.

Ms. Morrison currently serves on the board of directors for Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association and is the past chairman of the board for Educational Foundation Board of Directors, a non-profit group that implements special educational and scholarship programs for hospitality students.

She is a guest speaker of hospitality marketing at The Manfred Steinfeld School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as well as a guest speaker of revenue management at Kendall College. She has served as president of Rotary Club of Chicago and is still actively involved in fundraising. Ms. Morrison is actively involved in the Illinois Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSAMI) and conducts bi-annual roundtables for the national chapter of HSAMI.

Please visit http://www.spirehotels.com for more information.

Ms. Morrison can be contacted at 847-291-5718 or gmorrison@spirehotels.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.