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Ms. Reid

Gaynor Reid

Vice President , AccorHotels Asia Pacific

Gaynor Reid is Vice President Communications & CSR for AccorHotels Asia Pacific, based in the company's Singapore regional head office. She has worked for Accor for 16 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 AccorHotels' messaging to both internal and external audiences. Prior to joining AccorHotels, Ms. Reid was Manager of 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 AccorHotels' 760+ hotels across Asia Pacific in 17 countries for brands including Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel, Pullman, Novotel, Mercure and ibis. Ms. Reid also sits on the group's Executive Committee for Asia Pacific.

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