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Ms. Hanegreefs-Snehi

Renu Hanegreefs-Snehi

VP Corp Communications, PR & Reputation Management, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Renu Hanegreefs-Snehi is Vice President of Corporate Communications, PR & Reputation Management at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, where she leads a team of ten executives across the communications and marketing functions. She is responsible for developing and protecting the integrity of the company's corporate and consumer brands and ensuring streamlined communication of business, strategies and people across 80+ countries in Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

Ms. Hanegreefs-Snehi is also a keen advocate for corporate diversity and women in leadership, and acts as a mentor for young professionals within the company. An experienced leader, she has built her career and commercial acumen in the disciplines of branding, marketing and communications over the past 25 years. She has been with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group since 2001, grounded with studies in International Business Management and Business Administration.

A holistic approach to strategy and campaigns allows Ms. Hanegreefs-Snehi and her teams to deliver brand results that are commercial, compelling, credible and creative; and her drive and initiative has resulted in award winning campaigns for Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. One of many examples is the world premiere of Radisson RED, which won Best Communication Campaign at the Worldwide Hospitality Awards, despite being launched in Belgium during difficult times following the fatal terrorist attacks in Brussels.

Furthermore, Ms. Hanegreefs-Snehi is an integral part of strategic leadership changes within the company, including launching new strategies following CEO changes in 2013 and the launch of a new Employee Value Proposition.

Ms. Hanegreefs-Snehi's influence is group wide. She is Editor-in-chief of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group magazine; the group-wide, multi-brand Intranet and extranet, MOMENTUM; and Employee Social Network Site for all 43,700 employees across EMEA. Ms. Hanegreefs-Snehi is also the curator of the award-winning corporate website www.rezidor.com, which was ranked Europe's Best Corporate Website on the KWD ranking

Please visit http://www.rezidor.com for more information.

Ms. Hanegreefs-Snehi can be contacted at 32-2702-9241 or renu.snehi@carlsonrezidor.com

Coming up in June 2019...

Sales & Marketing: Selling Experiences

There are innumerable strategies that Hotel Sales and Marketing Directors employ to find, engage and entice guests to their property, and those strategies are constantly evolving. A breakthrough technology, pioneering platform, or even a simple algorithm update can cause new trends to emerge and upend the best laid plans. Sales and marketing departments must remain agile so they can adapt to the ever changing digital landscape. As an example, the popularity of virtual reality is on the rise, as 360 interactive technologies become more mainstream. Chatbots and artificial intelligence are also poised to become the next big things, as they take guest personalization to a whole new level. But one sales and marketing trend that is currently resulting in major benefits for hotels is experiential marketing - the effort to deliver an experience to potential guests. Mainly this is accomplished through the creative use of video and images, and by utilizing what has become known as User Generated Content. By sharing actual personal content (videos and pictures) from satisfied guests who have experienced the delights of a property, prospective guests can more easily imagine themselves having the same experience. Similarly, Hotel Generated Content is equally important. Hotels are more than beds and effective video presentations can tell a compelling story - a story about what makes the hotel appealing and unique. A video walk-through of rooms is essential, as are video tours in different areas of a hotel. The goal is to highlight what makes the property exceptional, but also to show real people having real fun - an experience that prospective guests can have too. 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.