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Ms. Fedele

Sara Fedele

Marketing Communications Manager , USI Università Della Svizzera Italiana

Sara Fedele is Marketing Communications Manager of the executive education programs in communication management at USI Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano. In 2011 Ms. Fedele has been PR & Communication Manager at the Global Alliance for PR and Communication Management, the umbrella organization of the national PR associations around the globe, which is headquartered in Lugano, Switzerland. As part of her cooperation with Professor Sandro Formica (Florida International University), Ms. Fedele has been coordinator of working groups during Strategic Think Tanks for Tourism Executives, following the Co-Alignment Principle Method by Olsen, West and Tse (2008). She has moderated Think Tank activities both in Switzerland and Italy. After completing her studies, Ms. Fedele worked as a research and project assistant at webatelier.net, a research laboratory of the Università della Svizzera italiana, focused on ICT and New Media for Tourism Communication. Here she was involved in different projects in the fields of Web Tourism Reputation, Web Communication and Destination Marketing, collaborating with the Republic of Malta and the Ticino Region Tourism Boards. Ms. Fedele graduated with a Master in Economics and Communication, (majoring in International Tourism) in 2010. Her thesis dealt with new tourism web marketing strategies through the application of Argumentation Theory in the Web 2.0 domain.

Ms. Fedele can be contacted at sara.fedele@usi.ch

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.