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Ms. Lucas

Sarah Lucas

CEO & Founder, Action for Dolphins

In 2012 Sarah Lucas made a life-altering trip to Japan to volunteer as a monitor of the dolphin hunts in Taiji. This prompted her to create Action for Dolphins (AFD) with the mission of protecting dolphins from the cruelty of dolphin hunting and captivity. Action for Dolphins uses strategic litigation and legislative reform in an effort to protect cetaceans (dolphins and small whales), which do not receive any international legal protection and are killed in their thousands in inhumane hunts. In 2015 AFD took global legal action which resulted in 63 Japanese aquariums being prohibited from purchasing dolphins captured in the world's largest dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan and this was a major contribution to the growing preservation of dolphins. In 2016, AFD launched a national campaign to abolish dolphin captivity in Australia. The campaign is spearheaded by former NSW Premier the Hon Bob Carr, and aims to introduce new legislation banning dolphin captivity in Australia. The longer-term aim of the campaign is to establish a world-first sea sanctuary in Australia where captive dolphins can be retired and injured dolphins can be rehabilitated. Prior to founding AFD Ms. Lucas worked in the communications department of the International Finance Corporation in Paris and completed a professional fellowship at the United Nations in New York. She graduated with a Master's in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in 2010. In her spare time Sarah is a freelance writer, and has contributed articles to publications such as The Australian. Ms. Lucas is passionate about animal welfare and is involved in several organizations, including Lola ya Bonobo, the world's only bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Please visit http//:www.afd.org.au for more information.

Ms. Lucas can be contacted at +44 7475 873 050 or sarah@afd.org.au

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.