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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 2020...

Social Media: Social Listening Tools

The reach and influence of social media is staggering. Nearly 3 billion people use social media daily, posting a range of messages, selfies, images, and everything in-between. According to HubSpot, almost 4 million posts are uploaded to the major social networks every single minute! That's an astounding amount of content and it is crucial for hotels to skillfully use social media in order to effectively compete. From establishing a suitable brand identity and voice to creating content across all the major networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.), the goal is to actively engage consumers and to eventually convert them to customers. Some hotels are initiating online contests as a way to attract new customers, while others are rewarding customers with discounts who subscribe to the their email lists or follow their social media pages. Another recent strategy is to employ social media listening tools that track what people are posting online about their businesses. These tools allow hotels to monitor - or listen to - what's being said about a brand across the entire social web, and this can prove to be very valuable, unfiltered information. Social listening permits hotels to be aware of people's opinions about their business, industry or competitors, and some of these tools even listen beyond social media platforms. They also monitor publicly available information on blogs, forums, news outlets and websites. Some listening tools are more focused on gathering and analyzing data, while others offer more engagement-oriented features, which allow hotels to interact with people right from the platform. Often the information that is gleaned from these listening tools ends up being the most authentic, unbiased insights a business can get. The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to successfully integrate social media strategies into their operations.