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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.