With nearly twenty years of public relations experience, specifically in the lifestyle and hospitality tourism industry, Nichole DiBenedetto brings wealth of destination, travel and consumer marketing experience.
Prior to co-founding d&dpr, Nichole held the post of Director, Global Public Relations for Preferred Hotel Group™, a global hospitality company that provides sales and marketing support to over 800 independently owned and operated hotels and resorts in 70 countries. She joined Preferred Hotel Group in 2008 as Director, Public Relations – Historic Hotels of America. Her responsibilities included developing PR programs for corporate communications, as well as overseeing consumer and trade media relations for five of the company’s six brands. In addition she supported the global marketing programs as well as Preferred Golf, GIFTTS, the company’s corporate social responsibility program; and I Prefer, the company’s guest loyalty program.
Prior to joining Preferred, Nichole served as Account Director for Middleton & Gendron Brand Communications in New York City. The New York native began her career at Rubenstein Associates, Inc., in New York City, continuing a fast track at the global public relations agency, Ruder Finn, Inc., and Laura Davidson Public Relations.
Her previous account work has included Australian Tourist Commission, Barbados Tourism Authority, Green Giant, Mohegan Sun, SMART Car, South African Airways, Eos Airlines, Flight Options, Mohegan Sun, Sea Island Resort and Preferred Hotel Group.
A passionate media relations expert, Nichole’s clients have appeared in Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Food + Wine, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Traveler, RobbReport, Sherman’s Travel, Town & Country, Travel + Leisure as well as on About.com, Daily Candy, HotelChatter, UrbanDaddy, MSNBC Travel, CNN, CNBC and MSNBC to name a few.
Avid golfer and ardent traveler, she has visited over 50 cities and 23 countries. Nichole holds a B.A. in Sociology from Providence College, Providence, R.I.