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Amanda Tower

Global Communications and Branding Manager, Wilson Associates

Amanda Tower is the Global Communications and Branding Manager for Wilson Associates interior architecture firm. Wilson Associates creates new definitions of luxury for an era that is increasingly well-travelled, connected and culturally diverse. For more than 40 years, the firm's dynamic talent and collaborative spirit have created the world's most trendsetting, iconic projects. Through its dedication to progressive design, Wilson Associates aims to inspire and engage its clients, people and world culture. Ms. Tower brings nearly 15 years of communications, marketing, talent recruitment and public relations experience to Wilson. She plays an important role in shaping the strategy and global image of the firm. In addition to content planning and strategy, Ms. Tower creates dynamic content for print and digital platforms to generate increased leads, impressions and brand engagement. Her familiarity with the vast world of art and design began at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she helped coordinate and execute a variety of campaigns and strategies, many of which won regional and national CASE, ADDY and HOW Magazine awards. Ms. Tower believes collaboration, curiosity and employing design thinking methodologies result in some of the most innovative ideas. Founded in 1971, Wilson Associates employs over 300 design professionals throughout its eight global offices. Headquartered Dallas the firm has several offices throughout the world in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Paris (Atelier), Shanghai and Singapore. Wilson Associates is committed to providing the highest level of luxury design and client service through a full range of design services.

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

Ms. Tower can be contacted at 214-521-6753 or atower@wilsonassoc.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.