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Ms. Gaulin

Sorya Gaulin

Director, Corporate Public Relations, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

You already know Sorya Gaulin. You have read about her in news stories. She is “The Woman Who Declined to Comment.” Ms.Gaulin became the Director of Corporate PR at Four Seasons in July of 2007. In 2010, she added Social Media to her roster, underscoring her expertise as a highly innovative and integrated marketer. In her role, she oversees all PR and Social Media agencies on a global basis. Having been a journalist once herself, Ms.Gaulin comes to Four Seasons with a keen understanding of what makes a compelling story. As a seasoned traveler, she takes a global outlook and emphasizes the importance of understanding cultural differences and how they impact marketing. Through this lens, she works with her team to develop clever and creative campaigns that truly connect with people, as that's what Four Seasons is known for. With more than 15 years of experience in brand marketing, Ms.Gaulin has lots to say on the topic of brand power and feels blessed that has only worked for brands that she truly loves. In her former role as Director of Marketing and then Vice President of Public Relations and Corporate Giving with Indigo Books & Music Inc, Ms.Gaulin oversaw all aspects of the retailer's external communication as well as author and celebrity events including Bill Clinton, Sting and Jamie Oliver, and three memorable Harry Potter launches. Prior to this, she led Marketing, Public Relations and Social Campaigning for The Body Shop Canada, which took her on a road trip across Canada speaking about violence against women and body image issues. Not surprisingly, Ms.Gaulin takes great pleasure in a good e-book, loves food and has tried many weird delicacies through her travels, and enjoys photography and fishing. As a native of Quebec, she is fluent in French and English; she will also speak Italian when forced to in Italy; and can manage to order a meal in Czech (as long as it's beer and fried cheese). When asked to speak about this, Ms.Gaulin politely declined to comment.

Ms. Gaulin can be contacted at 416-441-4440 or sorya.gaulin@fourseasons.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.