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Ms. Taylor

Megan (Sterritt) Taylor

Marketing & Public Relations Consultant, KWE Partners

Megan (Sterritt) Taylor has spent close to 15 years involved in all aspects of high-level marketing and public relations, ranging from strategic positioning, crisis communications and creative services to managing luxury hospitality and lifestyle accounts, social media marketing, events and promotions. As the Director of Public Relations at both boutique agencies and within hotels, she's directed a wide-range of programs in the lifestyle and hospitality sectors.

Throughout her career, clients have varied from high-end furniture company Adriana Hoyos and renowned yacht brand Ferretti to high profile resorts, including Boca Raton Resort & Club (Florida), El San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Four Seasons Hotel Miami, and collections like the AAA Five Diamond Grand Velas Resorts (Mexico) and Spain's OD Hotels.

Ms. Taylor has organized and executed social media initiatives, including a food bloggers camp and the first remote #TNI tweetups, featured in leading hospitality and public relations journals for their success in generating "buzz" and traffic to client websites as well as over $60,000 in direct sales.

She has received numerous distinctions in Travel + Leisure's Social Media in Travel and Tourism Industry Awards and HOTELS Magazine's Social Hotels Awards. Ms. Taylor graduated from the University of Miami's School of Communication with a double major in Public Relations and Psychology and a minor in Marketing.

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

Ms. Taylor can be contacted at +1 786-247-4812 or sterritt@kwepr.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.