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Executive Briefing: IHG's Tamara Laster

Tamara Laster is in the hospitality business — as in, figuring out how the business of hospitality works. Newly promoted to vice president of global sales strategy for IHG, she started her career outside hospitality, joining Accenture right out of college and working in strategy consulting and performance management for a variety of corporate clients, then moving to a smaller firm, North Highland, for more of the same.

Keeping the Focus on Talent

n January 2020, the HSMAI Foundation Board of Directors met at the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel in Manhattan. The discussion included a just-launched website designed to attract new talent to hotel sales, marketing, and revenue optimization positions, strategies for retention, and initiatives expected to potentially open hundreds of positions in hotels and related industries for military spouses.

Preparing for the Recovery

On Jan. 28, Adam Sacks, president of Tourism Economics, will present a webinar on “Preparing for the Recovery” for HSMAI Organizational Members. During the session, he’ll forecast the next year for hospitality and travel, spotlighting the challenges and opportunities ahead.