Editorial Board

Ms. McCall Wilson

Anne McCall Wilson

Principal, McCall Wilson

Ms. McCall Wilson is a principal for McCall & Wilson, a boutique, strategic advisory firm for live well businesses. The firm’s focus is vision and strategy development, current trend spotting and brand and concept creation – all with an eye to performance success. Ms. McCall Wilson has coined the phrase “thought currents” as a key approach - casting a worldwide watch of current ideas and threading them together to ignite a successful strategy. Ms. McCall Wilson headed up global spa operations at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) for 12 years, creating three luxury spa brands, including the award winning Willow Stream Spa brand for Fairmont Hotels. Her responsibilities included oversight of 37 operating spas, the launch of 20 new spas and the concepts for more than 50 projects in development. She has experience working in over 20 countries. McCall & Wilson believes in enhancing the creative vision of designers and connecting it with the business reality of spas to ensure the maximum “experience per square foot” for the guest and the right size of investment for the owner. With a strong track record in hospitality marketing, Ms. McCall Wilson was Co-Chair of the FRHI Internet Task Force and General Manager, Special Projects evaluating new business opportunities for the corporation. She was also General Manager of the former Fairmont SkyDome Hotel in Toronto, where she developed a successful repositioning strategy and marketing program for the hotel. Previous to joining Fairmont, Ms. McCall Wilson headed up destination marketing for Canada in the European market and then for the Province of Ontario globally. At Fairmont, she also led the marketing for Willow Stream Spas globally and developed the recently launched Revenue Management Training Program for Spas for FRHI. Ms. McCall Wilson has been a founding Board Member for the Global Spa and Wellness Summit and was the Summit’s Chair in Bali in 2011. A seasoned presenter and moderator, she most recently led she led the Global Hotel Spa Forum at the Summit in India in 2013 and authored the resulting white paper “Have luxury hotel spas lost their luster?” Ms. McCall Wilson lives in South Carolina with her husband and business partner Steve Wilson and occasionally takes time out to play some golf Please visit www.mccallwilson.com for more information.

Ms. McCall Wilson can be contacted at 843-525-1317 or anne@mccallwilson.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.