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Ms. Lepp

Julie Lepp

Director of Marketing, White Oaks Resort

Julie Lepp has worked in the hospitality industry for just over 20 years and is currently the Director of Marketing at White Oaks Resort and Spa, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Canada. In her role, she oversees the marketing for the entire property including a world class conference center, luxury hotel, two restaurant properties, a private fitness and racquet club and the largest spa in Ontario. In her previous role as Marketing Manager at White Oaks Resort, Ms. Lepp was responsible for starting the social media platforms to communicate to hotel, club and most recently the wedding market for the resort. White Oaks now enjoys a presence on Facebook, twitter, youtube, pinterest, and has an active blog covering all aspects of the brand's available expertise from fitness to conferencing. As well as bringing social media to White Oaks, Ms. Lepp and her onsite team of designers and fitness experts produce WO Magazine, a twice yearly publication which brings healthy living and lifestyle information to 50,000 Niagara region homes.

Ms. Lepp can be contacted at 905-704-5638 or jlepp@whiteoaksresort.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.