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Ms. Bulger

Diana K. Bulger

Area Director of Public Relations, Fairmont Hotels

Diana K. Bulger joined Fairmont in 2003. She has created events and formed alliances for the hotel with numerous organizations such as The Make-Wish Foundation, The World Wildlife Fund, The Washington Animal Rescue League, The Smithsonian Institution, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind and several others. She serves as the Eco-Chair of the Fairmont's environmental committee. Prior to joining the Fairmont, she was vice president of Hisaoka Public Relations where she handled to opening public relations efforts for five Kimpton Hotels. Previously, she was the president of Kaiser Communications, a hospitality public relations company. From 1990 to 1998, she was the regional director of public relations for Loews Hotels in Washington, DC and Annapolis, Maryland. She was the director of public relations for the Hotel Washington from 1987 -1990 Ms. Bulger began her career at the Vista International Hotel as the assistant public relations manager in 1985. A huge animal lover, Bulger founded the Bark Ball in 1988 for The Washington Humane Society, the first black-tie ball to allow dogs in the nation's capital. Ms. Bulger is also a second term mayoral appointee to the District of Columbia Retirement Board and a member in good standing of Destination DC. She has penned columns for the Greater Washington Association Executives Magazine Executive Update and Potomac Life Magazine. She attended Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland and Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland. She resides in Washington, DC with her Husband, transportation lobbyist, Thomas J. Bulger and their three dogs.

Ms. Bulger can be contacted at 800-441-1414 or diana.bulger@fairmont.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.