During a recent site inspection trip, Mary Cameron, Project Manager at MeetGreen, reported back on the sustainability initiatives she had witnessed. During her visits to hotels in Boston, Atlanta and Washington, DC, she noted a marked increase in green practices and the properties were at ease sharing their environmentally responsible policies. One hotel in Boston even had soap dispensers in the shower! I was relieved to hear the update as my recent trips to the Midwest have been rather depressing (in a sustainable meetings way).
While not on the topic of sustainability, her favorite "thinking outside of the box" story was:
During the site inspection trip, Mary was meeting with our client in the Concierge Lounge when the Manager saw Mary's IPhone background had a photo of her new kitty. The woman commented on how cute the kitten was and asked if Mary would forward the photo for her collection. Mary proudly sent her the photo.
When Mary returned to her room later that evening, greeting her on the nightstand was a sweet, framed photo of her kitten. Mary was impressed and touched by such a kind gesture.
Mary has shared the story about Catherine Bolling at the InterContinental Atlanta with our staff, other meeting planners and the world in general. You just can't buy that type of PR!