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Ms. Bingham

April Bingham

Spa Director, The Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort

As Spa Director of Aria Spa in Vail, April Bingham works with her team of therapists to create a mountain sanctuary guests can visit to naturally restore mind, body and soul balance. She is continuously working with spa retailers and influencers to learn about new treatments, service breakthrough and natural/organic products she can incorporate into Aria Spa to keep the spa at the forefront of industry trends. A strong believer that spa visits are more than just a treatment, Ms. Bingham has implemented various spa guest programs and initiatives to enhance a guest’s spa experience. Under her direction, Aria Spa has grown to be one of Vail Valley’s premiere spas, most recently ranking 24th on Condé Nast Traveler’s Top 100 Resort Spas – U.S. Mainland. Ms. Bingham joined Aria Spa in August 2007 and oversees spa operations for the 14-room facility, which includes managing more than 60 associates, retail partnerships, spa promotions and guest relations. Since Aria Spa is located inside Aria Club, which is part of Vail Cascade Resort, Ms. Bingham also works with club and hotel executives to create spa programs, events and promotions for club and hotel guests.

Ms. Bingham can be contacted at 970-476-7111 or abingham@destinationhotels.com

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.