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Mr. Wolf

Stefan Wolf

Senior Vice President Revenue & Distribution Strategy, Onyx Hospitality Group

Stefan Wolf is responsible for total revenue management and global distribution strategies at the Onyx Hospitality Group based in Bangkok. Onyx Hospitality Group operates four diverse yet complementary hotel brands - Saffron, Amari, Shama and OZO - each catering to the distinctive requirements of today's business and leisure travelers. Mr. Wolf started his revenue management career with Marriott in Germany and Korea. Changing from property to a corporate based role he then joined the InterContinental Hotels Group in Beijing supporting the North Asia portfolio of hotels and was part of a global taskforce to develop the revenue management academy training program for the company. At Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts at the corporate office in Hong Kong Mr. Wolf created a revenue management culture introducing a dynamic pricing philosophy and set-up a group-wide negotiation strategy for global corporate accounts. Joining the Jumeirah Group in Dubai he issued guidelines to strategically revenue-manage the Waterpark and Spas and created a critical path for revenue management strategies for hotels in the pre-opening stage. In London Mr. Wolf set-up the revenue management foundation at the corporate office for Rocco Forte Hotels before moving to Bangkok for his current assignment. In line with Onyx vision to be one of Asia's leading hospitality providers by 2018 Wolf works on the requirements to optimize global distribution. He developed a team of revenue management professionals to efficiently implement total revenue management strategies on property level. In addition of being an invited speaker at global distribution, revenue management and pricing conferences Mr. Wolf is passionate about the development of strategies for ancillary revenue streams and about the evolving nature of the revenue management discipline and its impact on profitability and asset value. Since 2014 he has been elected as the President for HSMAI Thailand and is also Chairman of the Board of Directors for HSMAI Asia Pacific.

Mr. Wolf can be contacted at 66-0-2255-3767 or stefan.wolf@onyx-hospitality.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.