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Ms. Goshow

Kristie Goshow

Vice President Marketing, Sabre Hospitality

Kristie Goshow leads Sabre Hospitality Solutions' global marketing team in all aspects of the product marketing process and brand communications. Prior to joining Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Ms. Goshow was the chief opportunity officer of Smart Thynking FZE, a distribution marketing consultancy specializing in the hospitality and travel sectors. Ms. Goshow successfully launched Dubai's first food & beverage distribution solution called ‘Table4ME', which provides hoteliers and restaurateurs with a leading, web-based table management system and customer facing booking widget for direct distribution and third party booking. Also while in Dubai, Ms. Goshow spent more than six years leading the distribution, ecommerce and innovation functions for the Jumeirah Group, a hospitality industry leader specializing in luxury hotels and resorts. With her extensive background in airline, hotel representation, agency and travel technology over the span of 18 years, Ms. Goshow is considered a thought leader in her industry. She has taken on various leadership roles in freight and cargo operations, customer relationship management, marketing and corporate sales with Virgin Atlantic and Scandinavian Airlines, as well as ecommerce and travel industry sales with Le Meridien Hotels and Pegasus Solutions. Goshow previously served on board of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Networking Association (HEDNA), held a seat on the Travolution Advisory board and performed the role of secretary for the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Chapter while based in the United Arab Emirates. Ms. Goshow is a published author and a regular speaker at industry conferences, seminars and events. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Travel, Tourism and Transport Management from London Metropolitan University.

Ms. Goshow can be contacted at 817-567-9792 or kristie.goshow@sabre.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.