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Ms. Sandoval Valdes

Brenda Sandoval Valdes

Associate Partner, LINKS WorldGroup

Brenda Sandoval Valdes is a well-rounded Executive with over ten years of experience in marketing, media, advertising, public relations and strategic planning. Ms. Valdes is Associate Partner at LINKS WorldGroup. Her responsibilities include managing and overseeing the marketing and public relations departments that is spread among several markets.

Ms. Valdes plays a key role in maintaining strong relationships both with media as well as with clients. Her specialties include developing strategies, creating strategic media placement programs that are tailored to each client's need and always striving to maximize budgets and exposure reach within clients' allotted budget. This broad experience has been developed in several industries such as Travel & Tourism, Hospitality, High-end Real Estate and Luxury Lifestyle.

Since 2013, Ms. Valdes has lead and managed as Vice President all paid and earned media campaigns for accounts in markets such as North America, South America, Central America, the Caribbean and European markets. She has been instrumental in numerous accounts including accounts such as Row NYC, VivaAir, Rosewood Sense Spa¬ a Starwood Hotel, Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower Panama, Elysee Miami, Biscayne Beach, Armani Casa, LAN and TAM Airlines among others.

LINKS WorldGroup is a premiere global marketing communications & public relations agency with offices located around the world. The agency is built to serve clients and offer impactful, intelligent and innovative solutions to all of their marketing needs. LINKS provides the fastest, most-effective methods for driving traffic and sparking conversations that keep their clients moving forward, toward the results they desire.

In the past years, LINKS has helped leading hotels and hospitality brands gain exposure and voice within primary international markets. Through digital public relations and marketing efforts, LINKS has increased sales, traffic, and brand recognition for some of the industry's biggest brands. LINKS current roster of clients includes but is not limited to: Viva Air, Row NYC, The Knickerbocker New York, The Quin, Washington Park Hotel, Kayak, Cayman Islands Tourism Board, Travel Israel and Travel New Zealand.

Please visit http://linksworldgroup.com for more information.

Ms. Sandoval Valdes can be contacted at 786-360-3514 or Brenda@Linksworldgroup.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.