Editorial Board   

Ms. Fenard

Elaine Fenard

Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Europe and U.S., Spatality

Elaine Fenard, recognized as a spa industry visionary, Elaine became an integral partner in Spa Strategy in 2006, joining in the Spa Strategy quest to create innovative and profitable spas, Elaine brought to the team more than 25 years experience in spa development and operations with one of the world's largest hotel companies and the leading international spa operations company. As vice president of spa development and operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts she oversaw spa development and operations for over 750 properties in more than 80 countries. She championed the Starwood Spa Collection, a group of 38 unique spas, in addition to overseeing the development of many successful individual spas under the Starwood umbrella. Elaine and her team designed several innovative concepts for Starwood, profitable templates for hotel owners and developers to follow from start to finish. At Steiner Leisure, Elaine held the position of senior vice president of operations and later directed development and operations for the highly successful Disney Magic and Wonder Vista spas. She also served as senior vice president of operations for Coiffeur Transocean (later acquired by Steiner Leisure), and was instrumental in the conception, development and operation of the first purposeĀ]built spa at sea in the 1980s. Elaine's vision for this project helped demonstrate the capital potential for spas in the cruise business and set the trend for future cruise ship spa construction. As an industry pioneer and recognized expert, Elaine is a frequent speaker at many conferences including the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin; International Spa Convention in London; Spa Resort Expo in New York City; New York Spa Symposium; Turning Point Global Spa Industry Conference in the Philippines and is a regular guest speaker at Cornell University. Spa Strategy is one of the world's leading spa consulting and design firms.

Ms. Fenard can be contacted at 303-573-8100 or Elaine@spastategy.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.