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Ms. Kang

Grace Kang

Managing Partner, Greenview

Grace Kang is managing partner of Greenview, a sustainability consulting and research firm providing hospitality organizations with their strategy, programs, and reporting, and hospitality industry with industry insight, trends and benchmarks. She oversees Greenview's Asia operations as well as co-develops the company's business plan and growth strategy. She successfully rolled out the Greenview Portal, a software as a service online sustainability data management platform that makes tracking, measuring and improving in areas of sustainability and social responsibility easy and seamless. She leads a software development team and manages the development of the Greenview Portal 2.0 and industry benchmarking studies including the Green Lodging Survey, benchmarking sustainability operational best practices. Ms Kang has a focused background in the hotel industry with over 15 years of experience in various functional roles, particularly in driving business through data analysis, reporting and strategic programs. She brings corporate perspective from working at top global hotel brands such as Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International. At Starwood, Grace optimized the sales organization in underperforming markets by redesigning customer coverage models to drive revenue and gain market share, and managed and liaised with cross-functional teams to ensure that newly opening hotels have successful opening performances. At Marriott, she led the lodging business plan for select service properties to quantify future investments and profit contribution of new openings, and conducted investment analyses to structure various transactions. In addition to her hotel background, she gained Asia experience working at Samsung Card in Seoul, Korea. At Samsung Card, Ms. Kang designed a new premium customer experience strategy for Samsung Card VIP segment across all key servicing touch points to drive incremental revenue, developed the company's first international online affiliate program as a vehicle to expand into the international market, and partnered with global hotel companies and luxury travel networks to provide differentiated and high-end travel benefits to the top tiered members. Ms. Kang earned two degrees from Cornell University, a Bachelor of Science from the Hotel Administration School and Master of Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management. Cornell is where she found her passion for the hospitality industry and teaching fitness. On her spare time, she continues to teach group fitness programs.
Please visit http://www.greenview.sg for more information.

Ms. Kang can be contacted at +65 9623 1876 or grace@greenview.sg

Coming up in June 2018...

Sales & Marketing: Opinions Matter

Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors manage a complex mix of strategies to attract and convert customers into guests. Part of their expertise includes an awareness of customer behavior during the reservation process, so they can make sure their hotel is favorably positioned. One such trend is the growing popularity of travel review sites. According to one recent survey, 61% of prospective customers consult online reviews in order to validate information about the hotel before making a purchasing decision. Another survey found that the average hotel customer reads between 6-12 reviews across 4-10 properties before making a final decision on where to stay. Similarly, other studies have shown that consumer reviews are a more trusted source of information for prospective customers than other kinds of marketing messaging. In fact, reviews are often considered to be as influential as price regarding whether a customer decides to complete a purchase or not. Plus, travel sites with the most reviews - including recent reviews from satisfied customers and thoughtful responses from staff - were also found to be the most appealing. So having positive reviews on a travel website is essential and can help to increase a hotel's conversion rates dramatically. Of course, there are all kinds of additional marketing strategies for sales and marketing directors to consider - the importance of video and the emergence of live streaming; the implementation of voice search; the proliferation of travel bots; and the development of Instagram as an e-commerce platform. The June Hotel Business Review will report on some of these issues and strategies, and examine how some sales and marketing professionals are integrating them into their operations.