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Ms. Reid

Gaynor Reid

Vice President Communications & CSR, Accor Asia Pacific

Gaynor Reid is Vice President Communications & CSR for Accor Asia Pacific, based in the company's Singapore regional head office. She has worked for Accor for 18 years, starting in the group's Sydney office as Media Relations Manager and moving to Asia in 2013. She oversees the group's communications strategy, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and crisis management to consistently articulate Accor's messaging to both internal and external audiences.

Prior to joining AccorHotels, Ms. Reid oversaw Communications and Community Relations for the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) and managed SOCOG's Welcome the World project to prepare Australia to welcome visitors from across the world for the Olympics. With a background in journalism, she was also a reporter and editor for ten years before moving into Public Relations and Marketing. An award-winning communications professional, Ms. Reid was awarded Best Hotel PR of the Year 2013 (Hotel Management Awards), Communicator of the Year 2011 (Australian Society of Travel Writers), Best Hotel PR 2009 (HM Awards) and Best PR Member 2004 (Australian Society of Travel Writers) as well as being a multiple finalist in similar awards over the past decade.

Born in South Africa to Scottish parents and having lived in Africa, Australia, Asia and the UK, she says she was born to travel and that her job combines her passions for hotels, food and travel. Ms. Reid oversees communications for Accor's 1000+ hotels across Asia Pacific in 20 countries for brands including Raffles, Orient Express, Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis. Ms. Reid also sits on the group's Executive Committee for Asia Pacific.


Please visit http://www.accor.com for more information.

Ms. Reid can be contacted at 65-6408-8864 or gaynor.reid@accor.com

Coming up in April 2019...

Guest Service: A Culture of YES

In a recent global consumers report, 97% of the participants said that customer service is a major factor in their loyalty to a brand, and 76% said they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. And since there is no industry more reliant on customer satisfaction than the hotel industry, managers must be unrelenting in their determination to hire, train and empower the very best people, and to create a culture of exceptional customer service within their organization. Of course, this begins with hiring the right people. There are people who are naturally service-oriented; people who are warm, empathetic, enthusiastic, pleasant, thoughtful and optimistic; people who take pride in their ability to solve problems for the hotel guests they are serving. Then, those same employees must be empowered to solve problems using their own judgment, without having to track down a manager to do it. This is how seamless problem solving and conflict resolution are achieved in guest service. This willingness to empower employees is part of creating a Culture of Yes within an organization.  The goal is to create an environment in which everyone is striving to say “Yes”, rather than figuring out ways to say, “No”. It is essential that this attitude be instilled in all frontline, customer-facing, employees. Finally, in order to ensure that the hotel can generate a consistent level of performance across a wide variety of situations, management must also put in place well-defined systems and standards, and then educate their employees about them. Every employee must be aware of and responsible for every standard that applies in their department. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.