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Ms. Reid

Gaynor Reid

Vice President Communications & CSR, Accor Asia Pacific

Gaynor Reid is Vice President Communications & CSR for Accor Asia Pacific, based in the company's Singapore regional head office. She has worked for Accor for 18 years, starting in the group's Sydney office as Media Relations Manager and moving to Asia in 2013. She oversees the group's communications strategy, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and crisis management to consistently articulate Accor's messaging to both internal and external audiences.

Prior to joining AccorHotels, Ms. Reid oversaw Communications and Community Relations for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) and managed SOCOG's Welcome the World project to prepare Australia to welcome visitors from across the world for the Olympics. With a background in journalism, she was also a reporter and editor for ten years before moving into Public Relations and Marketing. An award-winning communications professional, Ms. Reid was awarded Best Hotel PR of the Year 2013 (Hotel Management Awards), Communicator of the Year 2011 (Australian Society of Travel Writers), Best Hotel PR 2009 (HM Awards) and Best PR Member 2004 (Australian Society of Travel Writers) as well as being a multiple finalist in similar awards over the past decade.

Born in South Africa to Scottish parents and having lived in Africa, Australia, Asia and the UK, she says she was born to travel and that her job combines her passions for hotels, food and travel. Ms. Reid oversees communications for Accor's 1000+ hotels across Asia Pacific in 20 countries for brands including Raffles, Orient Express, Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis. Ms. Reid also sits on the group's Executive Committee for Asia Pacific.


Please visit http://www.accor.com for more information.

Ms. Reid can be contacted at 65-6408-8864 or gaynor.reid@accor.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.