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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 February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.