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Ms. Palatucci

Gio Palatucci

Director of Social Media Services, Sparkloft Media

Gio Palatucci serves as Director of Social Media Services at Sparkloft Media, a global social media agency. Sparkloft Media has specialized in social media since the inception of the medium, and continues to foster online conversations for clients around the world, through the development and implementation of strategic campaigns on all leading social platforms.

At Sparkloft Media Ms. Palatucci oversees the development and optimization of the agency's core programs and services, including influencer marketing. In more than six years at Sparkloft Media, she has helped develop innovative influencer programs, advising the client services team on the execution of more than 130 influencer trips that have generated 185+ million impressions, 6.8 million engagements and earned numerous industry awards.

Ms. Palatucci's award-winning work for domestic and international tourism organizations include Brand USA (Visit The USA), South African Tourism, the German National Tourist Office, Crystal Cruises and numerous hotel brands. Her work on South African Tourism's #MeetSouthAfrica program— now in its third year—garnered an HSMAI Platinum Adrian Award.

Her experience extends nearly a decade in the travel and tourism industry, beginning at National Geographic Traveler magazine. At Traveler, Ms. Palatucci spearheaded the growth of the magazine's social media audience, managed the award-winning Intelligent Travel blog and was a producer on the successful "Where's Andrew?" Digital Nomad series.

Her early education in sense-of-place storytelling continues to frame the work Ms. Palatucci provides to her clients today. At Sparkloft we believe everything is social. Ms. Palatucci leads her clients to success at the crossroads, where social insights meet compelling narratives.

Ms. Palatucci has a bachelor's degree from The George Washington University. She currently resides in Washington, D.C., where she leads the local Sparkloft DC team.

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

Ms. Palatucci can be contacted at +1 503-455-4937 or gio@sparkloftmedia.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.