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Ms. Beltran

Sandra Beltran

VP of Sales & Marketing, Prohotel International

Sandra Beltran joined Prohotel International in 1998, bringing with her over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry. As Vice President, Ms. Beltran is responsible for the marketing and sales of Prohotel's International clients. She was integral in the concept creation and implementation at luxury boutique properties including La Pleta in Baqueira, Spain and Esencia and Ikal del Mar in Mexico's Riviera Maya.

Ms. Beltran was also charged with the creation of guest recognition and appreciation programs, which to date have increased the repeat guest factor from 50% to 70%. Ms. Beltran's other duties include conducting market research, as well as concept and feasibility studies to market clients to the luxury niche, heading up the public relations department, ensuring all Prohotel properties meet or exceed luxury standards and coordinating with advertising agencies to develop marketing materials.

Using her vast knowledge of internet marketing, Ms. Beltran creates and implements online marketing campaigns and promotions in conjunction with partner websites which have thus far resulted in a 15% increase in annual revenues.

Ms. Beltran is also a principal in a vineyard in Tupongato, Argentina by the name of Ikal1150. Her duties include promotion of the brand and distribution in the United States. Her passion for nature and all things natural has aided her in this venture. The vines are drip irrigated with the snow melt water from the neighboring Andes Mountains and no chemicals or pesticides are used during the bottling. For her, the wine and the hotels go hand in hand as they are both commodities that people can indulge in without the guilt.

Ms. Beltran received her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Ms. Beltran can be contacted at 713-528-7862 or sbeltran@prohotels.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.