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Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk

Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk

Co-Managing Director, JOI-Design

Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk is the co-managing director of JOI-Design, a leading European hospitality interior architecture and design studio based in Hamburg, Germany. Alongside business partner and husband Peter Joehnk, who founded the practice in 1984, the team brings to life luxurious hospitality destinations around the globe. Guided by the principle of translating emotions into design, and design into interiors that are rich in ambience, the studio creates places that guests won't want to leave and will return to time and again. JOI-Design shapes award-winning atmospheres for the world's top brands as well as independent properties, and has a wide-ranging portfolio of sophisticated modern destinations, grand historic establishments, vibrant restaurants, sumptuous spas, and new-build airport and business hotels. In 2014, the practice was honoured with one of the industry's highest accolades, a Gold Key Award, for their design of the Hotel-Kompetenz-Zentrum, or centre for hotel design excellence, near Munich. As a lecturer in the interior design programme at the University of Applied Science in Coburg, Germany, Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk is committed to educating the next generation of architects and designers, and her continuing involvement with students strengthens her ability to maintain a fresh perspective on developing trends in her profession. She and Peter are also the authors of numerous reference books focused upon hospitality design, and in addition, the successful duo has recently launched Products by JOI-Design, their product design division exploring creative partnerships with furniture, lighting, carpeting and wallpaper manufacturers. Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk is a member of the Architectural Association Hamburg and the Association of German Interior Architects. An advocate of social media, she regularly communicates with an extensive network of clients, suppliers, manufacturers, peers, colleagues and end users.

Please visit www.joi-design.com for more information.

Ms. Kretschmar-Joehnk can be contacted at 40 0 4068 9421 0 or info@joi-design.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.