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Ms. Sandoval

Anne Sandoval

Marketing Manager, Travel Media Group

Anne Sandoval is the marketing manager of Travel Media Group, a hospitality marketing solutions provider with over 30 years of experience in helping hotels increase revenue. As marketing manager, Ms. Sandoval focuses on educating hoteliers on how their online presence can influence guest acquisition and overall revenue. Through articles, white papers, video, social media and product marketing, Ms. Sandoval distributes resources for hotel owners and managers to inform them on best practices for social media, reputation management and more. Under her leadership, the marketing department has increased focus on creating dynamic customer experiences throughout the customer lifecycle with Travel Media Group. Her team also supports hospitality marketing consultants with improved educational collateral. Her team promotes all Travel Media Group product launches and manages the company website, social media and advertising efforts. Ms. Sandoval is also responsible for the branding and promotion of HotelCoupons.com and Drive the Nation. These brands help travelers save money and inspire road trips across the U.S. In 2016, she spearheaded a co-branded social media campaign called Parks Madness, which resulted in over 100,000 votes. It is this type of traveler engagement that she hopes to inspire hotel brands to incorporate into their local social media strategies. Ms. Sandoval has extensive experience in hotel marketing from her background in content writing and social media for an Orlando advertising agency specializing in hotel website development and social media management. Ms. Sandoval has a master's degree from University of Central Florida (UCF) in mass communication with a graduate certificate in corporate communication. She also received her bachelor's degree in advertising/public relations from the University of Central Florida. Ms. Sandoval teaches an online social media course for undergraduates as an adjunct instructor at UCF.

Please visit http://www.travelmediagroup.com for more information.

Ms. Sandoval can be contacted at 407-673-6123 or anne.sandoval@travelmediagroup.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.