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Ms. McCall Wilson

Anne McCall Wilson

Principal, McCall Wilson

Ms. McCall Wilson is a principal for McCall & Wilson, a boutique, strategic advisory firm for live well businesses. The firm's focus is vision and strategy development, current trend spotting and brand and concept creation - all with an eye to performance success. Ms. McCall Wilson has coined the phrase “thought currents” as a key approach - casting a worldwide watch of current ideas and threading them together to ignite a successful strategy. Ms. McCall Wilson headed up global spa operations at Fairmont Raffles Hotels International (FRHI) for 12 years, creating three luxury spa brands, including the award winning Willow Stream Spa brand for Fairmont Hotels. Her responsibilities included oversight of 37 operating spas, the launch of 20 new spas and the concepts for more than 50 projects in development. She has experience working in over 20 countries. McCall & Wilson believes in enhancing the creative vision of designers and connecting it with the business reality of spas to ensure the maximum “experience per square foot” for the guest and the right size of investment for the owner. With a strong track record in hospitality marketing, Ms. McCall Wilson was Co-Chair of the FRHI Internet Task Force and General Manager, Special Projects evaluating new business opportunities for the corporation. She was also General Manager of the former Fairmont SkyDome Hotel in Toronto, where she developed a successful repositioning strategy and marketing program for the hotel. Previous to joining Fairmont, Ms. McCall Wilson headed up destination marketing for Canada in the European market and then for the Province of Ontario globally. At Fairmont, she also led the marketing for Willow Stream Spas globally and developed the recently launched Revenue Management Training Program for Spas for FRHI. Ms. McCall Wilson has been a founding Board Member for the Global Spa and Wellness Summit and was the Summit's Chair in Bali in 2011. A seasoned presenter and moderator, she most recently led she led the Global Hotel Spa Forum at the Summit in India in 2013 and authored the resulting white paper “Have luxury hotel spas lost their luster?” Ms. McCall Wilson lives in South Carolina with her husband and business partner Steve Wilson and occasionally takes time out to play some golf

Please visit www.mccallwilson.com for more information.

Ms. McCall Wilson can be contacted at 843-525-1317 or anne@mccallwilson.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.