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Ms. Daryadel

Madeline Daryadel

Founder/Director, Wedding QuickQuote

Madeline Daryadel is Founder/Director of Wedding QuickQuote with primary responsibility for Sales and Member Satisfaction. Ms. Daryadel has more than 25 years experience in hospitality sales, specializing in group business, and social markets. She began her career at the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, FL., moved to Israel where she assisted the Schiff Hotel Chain in the computerization of their accounting and sales systems. Returning to the USA she held several managerial positions at the Bonaventure Resort including Director of Social Catering and Associated Director of Sales. Answering the call of the Caribbean, she was the Director of Sales and Conference Services at Frenchman's Reef and upon returning to the states became the Director of Group Sales at the Crowne Plaza Miami. In 1997, she recognized the unlimited potential of the Internet, and partnered with Gilda Steiger. They founded MADSearch, one of the first search engines for the hotel industry, distributed MADNews weekly and e-mail advertising to over 50,000 industry professionals. In 2005, they joined with Charles Deyo, President of Cendyn to form MAD-Marketing. Madeline's hospitality experience along with her Internet marketing background inspired the creation of Wedding QuickQuote, an instant answer RFP for the wedding, and social event markets. A graduate of the University of Toledo, Madeline resides in South Florida and is an avid reader, plays a bit of golf and hand builds pottery.

Ms. Daryadel can be contacted at 561-314-3252 or Madeline@MAD-Marketing.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.