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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.

Ms. Kang 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, Ms. Kang gained Asia experience working at Samsung Card in Seoul, Korea. At Samsung Card, she 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 659-623-1876 or grace@greenview.sg

Coming up in April 2020...

Guest Service: First Impressions Matter

Hotels spend large amounts of money on marketing their operation and brand, but sometimes they fail to remember that guest service is the lifeblood of their business. It is outstanding guest service that allows a hotel to create an amazing and lasting impression, one that will remain with guests far beyond the duration of their stay. In pre-internet days, first impressions were formed the moment a guest walked through a hotel's front door. These days, first impressions are created long before a guest arrives at a hotel property. They begin when a customer visits a hotel's website or social media pages for the first time. When a guest connects with a property online, they immediately form an opinion of the hotel. First impressions matter and because of that, a hotel website should be mobile-friendly with blistering fast speed; it should be graphically appealing; and it should provide visual representation of the kind of experience a guest can expect. It is also vital to engage the customer; to actively solicit and respond to guest feedback. When a hotel personally engages with someone, it is demonstrating to other customers that guest opinions matter, and that management is willing to go the extra mile to provide superior guest service. Similarly, when a hotel sends out personalized emails with satisfaction surveys attached, it demonstrates that management values guest feedback, so that service can be improved at every level. Additionally, social media messages can be sent out prior to a guest's arrival to learn more about them, so their visit can be personalized. It's the small touches and details that are most remembered and appreciated. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate excellent guest service in their operations.