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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 February 2018...

Social Media: Engagement is Key

There are currently 2.3 billion active users of social media networks and savvy hotel operators have incorporated social media into their marketing mix. There are a few Goliath channels on which one must have a presence (Facebook & Twitter) but there are also several newer upstart channels (Instagram, Snapchat &WeChat, for example) that merit consideration. With its 1.86 billion users, Facebook is a dominant platform where operators can drive brand awareness, facilitate bookings, offer incentives and collect sought-after reviews. Twitter's 284 million users generate 500 million tweets per day, and operators can use its platform for lead generation, building loyalty, and guest interaction. Instagram was originally a small photo-sharing site but it has blown up into a massive photo and video channel. The site can be used to post photos of the hotel property, as well as creating Instagram Stories - personal videos that disappear from the channel after 24 hours. In this regard, Instagram and Snapchat are now in direct competition. WeChat is a Chinese company whose aim is to be the App for Everything - instant messaging, social media, shopping and payment services - all in a single platform. In addition to these channels, blogging continues to be a popular method to establish leadership, enhance reputations, and engage with customers in a direct and personal way. The key to effective use of all social media is to find out where your customers are and then, to the fullest extent possible, engage with them on a personal level. This engagement is what creates a personal connection and sustains brand loyalty. The February Hotel Business Review will explore these issues and examine how some hotels are successfully integrating social media into their operations.