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Mr. Baudart

Emanuel Baudart

Global Chief Customer Officer, Accor Hotels

Emanuel Baudart has 15 years professional experience in key positions in Marketing, Sales, e-commerce, Loyalty programs, CRM and Distribution, in an international Hospitality and Services Group. He is experienced in international leadership positions and cross-functional management projects. He has been responsible for strategic business plans, annual budget planning, pricing, channel management & distribution strategies, international sales, marketing, e.commerce, social networks, media and advertising strategies. Mr. Baudart started his AccorHotels career in charge of roll-out programs for AccorHotels Central Reservation System and revenue management for worldwide operational units. In 2002, Mr. Baudart moved to Brazil to launch the call center operations for the South American AccorHotels organization. In 2005, he took over the position of distribution director for Brazil, overseeing Call Centers, Distribution, Sales & Loyalty. In 2009, he became Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Distribution & Loyalty for the South American region for AccorHotels. Since November 2014, Mr. Baudart has been the Chief Customer Officer at the AccorHotels Headquarters in Paris. In this position, he is responsible for the Customer Centric transformation of the group for 4,100 hotels and 240,000 employees. Mr. Baudart holds a master's degree from INSEAD. He has also completed the Strategic Marketing Management Executive Program at Stanford University. Mr. Baudart speaks four languages including English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. His expertise in building brand loyalty and e-commerce programs has been paramount in propelling AccorHotels forward, enabling smooth transitions as more brands and products join the AccorHotels family. Please visit http://www.accor.com for more information.

Mr. Baudart can be contacted at 33-1-453-886-00 or emanuel.baudart@accor.com

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.