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Ms. Le Quesne

Katharine Le Quesne

Senior Director, HoCoSo

Katharine is a Senior Director at HoCoSo - an advisory firm specialising in creating unique hospitality experiences and destinations. Our services cover: concept (re)development & portfolio creation; project scoping and execution; asset management; and education.

Ms. Le Quesne has spent over 20 years working all over the world with private investors, public companies, Governments and operators in the hospitality and leisure industries, advising on an eclectic mix of investments, particularly luxury hotels, resorts, destinations and theme parks. She is also a valued advisor to C-suite teams and boards, facilitating strategic workshops and providing an external industry perspective.

Ms. Le Quesne began her career with Jones Lang Wootton (now JLL) in China, when the country was undergoing its first real estate boom, working on real estate investment, agency and development consultancy. She subsequently worked in Asia and Europe for Arthur Andersen and Deloitte, within their specialist hotel advisory practices. She launched and ran the first monthly hotel benchmark survey for Asia Pacific and travelled extensively across EMEA and Asia, working on M&A, strategy and development feasibility assignments.

Ms. Le Quesne is Head of Resorts at the Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland, and is a Visiting Lecturer at world class hospitality and real estate institutions, including the University of Zurich and previously the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne. She has been an industry advisor on the World Economic Forum Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report and is a regular speaker at industry events.

Ms. Le Quesne has lived in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Taiwan and France and is currently based in the UK. She speaks French and rusty Mandarin (her undergraduate degree); and has an MBA from INSEAD, France.

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

Ms. Le Quesne can be contacted at +44 7979 703444 or katharine@hocoso.com

Coming up in April 2019...

Guest Service: A Culture of YES

In a recent global consumers report, 97% of the participants said that customer service is a major factor in their loyalty to a brand, and 76% said they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. And since there is no industry more reliant on customer satisfaction than the hotel industry, managers must be unrelenting in their determination to hire, train and empower the very best people, and to create a culture of exceptional customer service within their organization. Of course, this begins with hiring the right people. There are people who are naturally service-oriented; people who are warm, empathetic, enthusiastic, pleasant, thoughtful and optimistic; people who take pride in their ability to solve problems for the hotel guests they are serving. Then, those same employees must be empowered to solve problems using their own judgment, without having to track down a manager to do it. This is how seamless problem solving and conflict resolution are achieved in guest service. This willingness to empower employees is part of creating a Culture of Yes within an organization.  The goal is to create an environment in which everyone is striving to say “Yes”, rather than figuring out ways to say, “No”. It is essential that this attitude be instilled in all frontline, customer-facing, employees. Finally, in order to ensure that the hotel can generate a consistent level of performance across a wide variety of situations, management must also put in place well-defined systems and standards, and then educate their employees about them. Every employee must be aware of and responsible for every standard that applies in their department. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate and manage guest satisfaction in their operations.