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Mr. Bush

Christopher Bush

Executive Vice President, Canyon Equity LLC

Christopher Bush has acquired broad operational and re-positioning experience in the luxury hospitality segment. A native of the UK, Mr. Bush’s multi-faceted career has taken him to five countries across three continents. As Executive Vice President of Canyon Equity LLC, Mr. Bush is one of the executives who in 2005 formed the original core of this resort development and acquisition firm based near San Francisco. Mr. Bush heads up asset management for the company’s six operating resorts. Canyon’s properties include three Aman resorts, namely Le Mélézin in the French Alps, Amangiri in Utah, and Amangani at Jackson Hole, also the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe, and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji. Canyon Equity developed the ultra-luxury Amangiri resort (Utah) from the ground up, opening in October 2009. The resort was an immediate success and has been the recipient of innumerable awards and accolades in the short time since its opening. Mr. Bush also directs Canyon’s hotel management subsidiary, Canyon Hotel & Resorts, which currently manages the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in the Fiji Islands. This entity is set up to take additional resorts under its management as the company expands. Mr. Bush has managed some very notable hotels and resorts including Jumby Bay in Antigua, The Stanford Court in San Francisco, Palmilla Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, and Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Earlier assignments include Regional Director of Marketing for Princes Hotels, based in Los Angeles and Director of Marketing for the 850-room Maria-Isabel Hotel in Mexico City

Mr. Bush can be contacted at 415-925-8000 or info@canyonequity.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.