• Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s Rachel Strong Receives Award

     
    POSTED October 19, 2016
     

Rachel Strong, a member of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego’s group sales team, was named Hotel Site Experience Sales Person of the Year by the San Diego Tourism Authority. SDTA is a non-profit organization with the goal of presenting San Diego as a prime location for meetings and vacations. Strong received the honor at SDTA’s 2016 Sales and Marketing Workshop on Sept. 28 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina.

“We are thrilled to recognize Rachel as our salesperson of the year,” says Margie Sitton, senior vice president of sales and services, San Diego Tourism Authority. “The SDTA site experience program’s goal is to ensure that every meeting planner that visits San Diego for a potential program leaves knowing that they have found not only the perfect hotel for their meeting but also an engaged sales person committed to their success.”

Strong started off her career at Hard Rock in May of 2012 as the associate director of sales. She brought 25 years of hospitality experience to her position and is responsible for the booking of more than 35,400 rooms. Before Hard Rock, Strong was a leading sales person for the San Diego and Midwest markets for a decade.

Aventri, a leader in events management software (EMS), recently released ‘The Top 100 Meeting and Event Venues in the United States’ for 2019. The company took the ten top-rated meeting and event cities in the United States and picked the top ten venues in each area, compiling a list of 100 highly-regarded spaces. 

The guide identifies the two most valuable factors in attendee satisfaction as venue location and activities in the host city, followed by capacity, uniqueness and proximity to local attractions.

 

Los Angeles had a record-breaking year for visitor spending and economic impact in 2018. With visitor spending up $1.2 billion since 2017 (5 percent increase) and economic impact up $1.7 billion (4.9 percent increase), this year was the eighth consecutive year of growth in visitation, spending and impact.

 

PCMA will be offering networking opportunities and education sessions for professionals at the 2019 EduCon on June 25-28 in Los Angeles. EduCon provides a more focused and practical approach to learning in smaller-scale, collaborative education sessions, allowing more than 800 business events professionals to network and learn more about the industry.