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Ms. Brokowski

Donna Brokowski

General Manager Partner Solutions Group, Travel and Transport

Donna Brokowski, General Manager of Travel and Transport's Partner Solutions Group is a travel mixologist always striving to find the perfect supplier - buyer balance. In her role, Ms. Brokowski is responsible for leading the company's overall global strategic direction in corporate consulting services, supplier relations, and procurement analytics. Within Ms. Brokowski's tenure at Travel and Transport, the Partner Solutions Group has grown to over 20 associates fulfilling hundreds of consulting engagements annually for airline, rental car and hotel categories. Ms. Brokowski has an extensive background encompassing over 25 years in travel consulting and sales leadership. Prior to joining Travel and Transport in 2010, Ms. Brokowski led various sales teams with hotel groups including Wyndham Hotel Group, Peabody Hotel Group, Best Western and Holiday Inn. An accomplished speaker, Ms. Brokowski has delivered keynote presentations to the Silicon Valley BTA and Wisconsin BTA and has presented to various BTA organizations including Miami BTA, South Florida BTA, North Carolina BTA, and Central & North Florida BTA. In addition, she has spoken at the Society of Government Travel Professionals' Ancon Conference and participated as a panel speaker at Radius Travel's Annual Global Conference and most recently at the 2016 GBTA Government Relations Committee panel on supplier acquisition. She has been called upon and cited in various industry publications and has been published in Agent at Home Magazine and Travel Agent Magazine. Ms. Brokowski is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and resides in the Chicago area with her husband and two children.

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

Ms. Brokowski can be contacted at 402-399-4695 or dbrokowski@tandt.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.