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Ms. Bingham

April Bingham

Spa Director, The Aria Spa at Vail Cascade Resort

As Spa Director of Aria Spa in Vail, April Bingham works with her team of therapists to create a mountain sanctuary guests can visit to naturally restore mind, body and soul balance. She is continuously working with spa retailers and influencers to learn about new treatments, service breakthrough and natural/organic products she can incorporate into Aria Spa to keep the spa at the forefront of industry trends. A strong believer that spa visits are more than just a treatment, Ms. Bingham has implemented various spa guest programs and initiatives to enhance a guest's spa experience. Under her direction, Aria Spa has grown to be one of Vail Valley's premiere spas, most recently ranking 24th on Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Resort Spas - U.S. Mainland. Ms. Bingham joined Aria Spa in August 2007 and oversees spa operations for the 14-room facility, which includes managing more than 60 associates, retail partnerships, spa promotions and guest relations. Since Aria Spa is located inside Aria Club, which is part of Vail Cascade Resort, Ms. Bingham also works with club and hotel executives to create spa programs, events and promotions for club and hotel guests.

Ms. Bingham can be contacted at 970-476-7111 or abingham@destinationhotels.com

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.