September Monthly Meeting

September 10, 2015
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Granite Links
100 Quarry Hill Drive
Quincy, MA 02169
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A View into Hotels from the Buyer and Suppliers Perspective

Our speaker, Lauren Faulkner, will be presenting an update to our members that reviews US hotels with a focus on supply, demand, and changes to growth in top markets.  She will provide insight to how different tier hotels (ex. luxury, midscale, etc.) are seeing changes in average daily rates and growth.  Lauren is an expert when it comes to US hotels and is excited to present to NEBTA and will be providing additional insight into the Boston market.

Lauren Faulkner - Business Development Executive for STR (STR, Inc.)
STR (STR, Inc.) is the leading authority on hotel industry performance trends.  STR provides clients—including hotel operators, developers, financiers, analysts and suppliers to the hotel industry—access to hotel research with regular and custom reports. 

In her role, Mrs. Faulkner is responsible for the growth of STR’s independent hotel participant programs across the Central and Southeastern United States. Because of her expertise, she is often featured as a guest speaker for industry overviews.  She serves as the Middle TN ambassador for the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Under 30 Gateway and is also a member of the Tennessee Women in Lodging Chapter.  In addition, Lauren serves on the Board of Directors committee for the Greater Nashville Hospitality Association.

PANEL DISCUSSION - A view into hotels from the buyer and suppliers perspective
Join us for a lively panel presentation where buyers and suppliers discuss today’s hottest issues in the current complex marketplace. We will discuss best practices for hotel sourcing, anticipated changes for 2016, obstacles often seen in sourcing, and what it takes to find common ground and a successful partnership.

The panel will be moderated by Nina Marcello, NEBTA Secretary to the Board.  We are delighted to have members of our local travel community on the panel including Bea Desmond of Engility, Valarie Zuffanti of State Street Corporation and Wendy Zapach of TravelClick.

Agenda Schedule
5:00 – 5:30 PM           Registration/Networking
5:30 – 5:45 PM           Announcements
5:45 – 6:45 PM           Opening Presentation
6:45 – 7:00 PM           Break – networking
7:00 – 8:00 PM           Panel Discussion

Parking Information: Parking at Granite Links is complimentary and plentiful


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