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Mr. Wilson

Graham Wilson

Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, Accor Asia Pacific

Graham Wilson heads the Sales, Marketing and Distribution arm of Accor Hotels in Asia Pacific. Accor iGrahams Europe’s leader in hotels with more than 3,500 properties in 92 countries throughout the world with over 550 hotels in 16 countries across Asia Pacific. In January 2010, Mr Wilson assumed his current position as Senior Vice President Sales, Marketing & Distribution and is part of the global Sales & Distribution management committee. Based in the Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s overall Sales, Marketing, Loyalty and Distribution strategy throughout the region. Mr Wilson was previously Vice President Marketing - Asia Pacific for Accor, a position he had occupied since October 2007. Having worked for Accor Hotels for 18 years, he has had the unique opportunity to be part of Accor's “pioneering team” in Asia Pacific which has successfully launched close to 400 hotels and 9 different global brands in this dynamic and fast paced region. Mr Wilson joined Accor in 1993 and was based in Bangkok as Director of Sales and Marketing until 1997 when he returned to Australia. He was previously Director of Marketing for Resort Hotels of Australia based in Sydney. Mr Wilson is on the Advisory Board for Atout France and was honoured in 2006 with Accor's top level executive award, the “Gold Bernache” medal. Accor serves travelers through its luxury and upscale brands Sofitel and Pullman, as well as its midscale Novotel and Mercure products, and economy chains Ibis and All Seasons. In addition, it operates budget brands Motel 6 and Formule 1.

Mr. Wilson can be contacted at 800-6161-367 or graham.wilson@accor.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.