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Ms. Way

Claire Way

Managing Director, Spa Strategy

Claire Way joined Spa Strategy in 2006 to manage our UK office, and has over 25 years experience in the spa industry and a career that spans several continents. As managing director, Ms. Way leads Spa Strategy’s extensive work in development & construction, strategic planning and management for hotel spa and wellness facilities. Founded in 2002 on a quest to find the sweet spot between innovation, luxury and profitability in spa; Spa Strategy has since developed into one of the most sought-after international consultancies in its field. Nurtured by spa industry visionaries Richard Dusseau and Elaine Fenard, the company’s success was founded on sound principles: building a deep understanding of client and guest, and always involving the ‘right people’. The core team they assembled works together to this day. Prior to joining Spa Strategy Ms. Way worked with international hotel group Per Aquum Resorts & Spas, launching its spa division from the ground up in record time. As Group Director of Operations & Development, she was responsible for brand development, operations, design and business strategy of all spas. The Collection focused on delivering innovative design and concept, most noted is the world’s first underwater spa, which is credited to her. At the prestigious Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Ms. Way was Spa Director responsible for setting new standards in training, marketing initiatives, maximizing the top and bottom line revenue and in developing new spa facilities. During her tenure at Chiva-Som International Health Resort, the resort won the Conde nast readers award for destination spa of the year, and under her leadership at Per Aquum Spa Collection the team won two Spa Asia Crystal awards, “Best Spa in the Maldives” and “Editor’s Choice”. Please visit http://www.spastrategy.net for more information.

Ms. Way can be contacted at 44-0-796-968-6644 or claire@spastrategy.net

Coming up in April 2018...

Guest Service: Empowering People

Excellent customer service is vitally important in all businesses but it is especially important for hotels where customer service is the lifeblood of the business. Outstanding customer service is essential in creating new customers, retaining existing customers, and cultivating referrals for future customers. Employees who meet and exceed guest expectations are critical to a hotel's success, and it begins with the hiring process. It is imperative for HR personnel to screen for and hire people who inherently possess customer-friendly traits - empathy, warmth and conscientiousness - which allow them to serve guests naturally and authentically. Trait-based hiring means considering more than just a candidate's technical skills and background; it means looking for and selecting employees who naturally desire to take care of people, who derive satisfaction and pleasure from fulfilling guests' needs, and who don't consider customer service to be a chore. Without the presence of these specific traits and attributes, it is difficult for an employee to provide genuine hospitality. Once that kind of employee has been hired, it is necessary to empower them. Some forward-thinking hotels empower their employees to proactively fix customer problems without having to wait for management approval. This employee empowerment—the permission to be creative, and even having the authority to spend money on a customer's behalf - is a resourceful way to resolve guest problems quickly and efficiently. When management places their faith in an employee's good judgment, it inspires a sense of trust and provides a sense of higher purpose beyond a simple paycheck. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.