Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Lewis-Purcell

Jason Lewis-Purcell

Vice President, GDS, SiteMinder

From the renowned Brown’s Hotel and The Lancaster in London, to the Millennium Hotels and Resorts chain, Jason Lewis-Purcell has served as a director of sales and marketing at some of the world’s leading properties to gain an intimate understanding of a hotelier’s true needs and challenges. Indeed, Mr. Lewis-Purcell’s humble beginnings in the world of hospitality started at the age of 11, helping his family to clean and upkeep their bed and breakfast. It is Mr. Lewis-Purcell’s long professional career in hospitality that has forged his success at travel technology disrupters since 2010, including TravelClick and the hotel industry’s leading cloud platform, SiteMinder, where he initially led sales and marketing for the company’s booming EMEA region. Under Mr. Lewis-Purcell’s leadership, SiteMinder secured some of Europe’s most prominent and respected hotels, including GCH Hotel Group; Macdonald Hotels & Resorts and Malmaison in the UK; Derag Livinghotels in Germany; and Silken Hotels, Rusticae and Sercotel in Spain where the company continues to dominate in the hotel technology arena. Today Mr. Lewis-Purcell heads up SiteMinder’s global GDS business and, with the mantra of bringing the GDS into the modern, digital world, is responsible for orchestrating a business that uniquely brings cloud-based technology together with legacy systems to provide hotels an incomparable total distribution platform. GDS by SiteMinder gained its own chain code (‘GD’) in mid-2016 and, over the 12 months that followed, more than tripled in hotel customer users to power nearly 200,000 reservations worth over $60 million in hotel revenue. Please visit https://www.siteminder.com for more information.

Mr. Lewis-Purcell can be contacted at 44-020-3151-0730 or jason.lewis-purcell@siteminder.com

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.