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Ms. Mitchell

Hayley Mitchell

Social Media & Community Manager, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International

As Social Media and Community Manager for Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, Hayley Mitchell is responsible for the day to day management of online reputation on social networks including online review sites, Facebook, Twitter, Location-based marketing and Fairmont's own community website, Everyonesanoriginal.com. Beyond monitoring, engaging and reporting, she is tasked with the long term social strategy for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel brands, which includes social campaign management, understanding social media in new markets and determining where and when these brands should be involved. Before returning to her hometown of Toronto to join FRHI in 2010, Ms. Mitchell worked in Arizona in the travel and luxury publishing industry for 7 years. As Director of Custom Publishing for a boutique magazine firm, Ms. Mitchell was charged with contracting, concepting and creating luxury in-room magazines for hotel brands including JW Marriott, Waldorf-Astoria, KLS Resorts, Sheraton and Hilton. Her skills in content creation, engagement, and communication, paired with her knowledge of luxury and travel transferred nicely from print to web, and from working with hotels to working for them. Ms. Mitchell holds an honors BA in both English Literature and Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.

Ms. Mitchell can be contacted at 416-874-2457 or hayley.mitchell@fairmont.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.