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Ms. Paquin

Megan Paquin

Marketing Manager, Hyatt Regency Orlando

Megan Paquin, APR is marketing manager at Hyatt Regency Orlando. Located in the heart of Orlando's International Drive resort area and directly connected to the Orange County Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Orlando offers unparalleled leisure, meetings and convention facilities. Featuring 1,639 guestrooms and 315,000 square feet of meeting space - and with over two million square feet of space in the Orange County Convention Center to which the hotel is attached - Hyatt Regency Orlando is the largest convention hotel for the brand in the United States.

Ms. Paquin is an accredited and award-winning marketing communications professional, trusted to lead strategic marketing campaigns for some of the world's most respected brands. She started her career with MGM Resorts International where she specialized in international media relations and national broadcast for hotels in Las Vegas, Nev. She was a member of the opening public relations team for CityCenter, a 76-acre, mixed-use urban development with 5,900 hotel rooms. It is the largest privately funded construction project in the United States.

Fearless in her creative abilities and business acumen, Ms. Paquin went on to earn professional recognition for her work with Fry Hammond Barr, an integrated marketing agency in Orlando, Fla., on behalf of The Peabody Orlando. Leading public relations efforts for one of the nation's top meetings hotels, she and her team received several Silver and Gold Adrian Awards from Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI).

Her work with Fry Hammond Barr also won awards in media relations and crisis communication from the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA). Ms. Paquin later demonstrated her business acumen in the luxury market as communications manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a Caribbean, AAA Five-Diamond resort with 365 rooms and suites, five onsite restaurants including Blue by Eric Ripert, a la prairie spa and Greg Norman-designed golf course, before returning to Orlando to her current role at Hyatt Regency Orlando.

She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Organizational Communication, Accredited in Public Relations (APR) and an M.A. candidate in Behavioral Economics at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Paquin currently serves on the Global Communications Committee for Visit Orlando and is Director of Communications for MPI Orlando.

Please visit http://www.orlando.regency.hyatt.com for more information.

Ms. Paquin can be contacted at 407-284-1234 or megan.paquin@hyatt.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.