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Mr. Guillemot

Armand Guillemot

Director of MICE, Great Hotels of the World

Originally from France, Armand Guillemot joined Great Hotels of the World in September 2009. He started as MICE Sales Executive and was responsible for dealing with inquiries through the Great Hotels MICE sales desk, placing MICE business in member hotels and developing relationships with key buyers from Europe. Mr. Armand was swiftly promoted to MICE Sales Manager, focusing his sales efforts on the top European markets. In October 2010, he was promoted to Director of Sales Meetings and Incentives and is now responsible for the overall performance and management of the Great Hotels MICE sales team (GSO based in London). This includes the proactive promotion of member hotels to the MICE market, ensuring request for proposals are responded to within the 24-hour guaranteed time frame, organizing sales and familiarization trips and road shows as well as guaranteeing the best possible rates for clients. Prior to joining Great Hotels of the World, Mr. Armand worked in various MICE positions, including Diary and Events Manager for De Vere Venues, where he managed sales office activities, maximized revenue, continuously worked to strengthen and build business by leading the team and managed rates. Previous to this, he worked for Accor Hotels for three years as Conference and Revenue Manager where he managed the MICE sales budget by maximizing the revenue and occupancy through competitor intelligence, pricing and managed function room inventory. He also oversaw the contracting and re-contracting of events, maintained relations with customers for ongoing events, ensured all bookings and cancellations were up to date and facilitated the smooth running of events with a personalized service. Mr. Armand also worked for two years at Concorde Hotels at the beginning of his career where his titles were Conference and Event Coordinator and Front Office Manager. Mr. Armand has a degree in Tourism, Hotel Business, Leisure and Sport and has a masters qualification in the Hotel and Tourism industry. He is fluent in French and English and is conversant in German.

Mr. Guillemot can be contacted at 44 0 20 7383 2335 or aguillemot@ghotw.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.