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The excellence of hotel service is the best promotional material

first_imgHotel management is more and more obsessed with numbers, calculations, determining the best sales channels, and maximizing overall ROI. If something is not guaranteed, they are hard to separate from the money for communication activities. In the fight for profit, one often forgets to take into account hospitality and the guest experience in general. However, hotel management often turns its head in front of negative criticism of guests on forums and social networks, believing that they cannot learn too much from it. And so often one of the most important factors in the hotel industry – service, often becomes “out of service”.PROVIDE THE GUEST WITH AN ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE, NOT JUST THE PROMISED SERVICES The end result of the hotel experience is impossible to put into calculations, but this does not mean that its quality does not play a significant role in the final results. While all parts of the hotel story are important and one should be smart with technical innovations and modern standards, one must by no means forget the feeling, experience and added value for the guest. Because one thing is for sure, when a traveler visits any hotel, he is not an inspector and does not ask for all the technical specifications and services listed on the website or in the reservation systems.What that same traveler expects is that these services will be found no matter what. Instead, he expects a whole host of positive feelings; he expects to be appreciated, pampered, expects to be pampered by all his senses and to ultimately experience everything he does not have the opportunity to experience in everyday life.KINDNESS AND DEDICATION SHOULD BE THE MAIN WORD IN THE HOSPITALITYAs a hotelier, you must not forget that just one nice gesture, just one small extra service or some nice sentence will be the best promotional material for your hotel. Often you yourself are not even aware of how easy it is to get a new hotel ambassador, and how much the positive atmosphere in the hotel contributes to better reviews.Today, when social media and travel forums are a powerful tool in deciding on the choice of hotel, it is especially important to focus on the communication activities of the hotel, from the stage of imagination of the guest to the stage of staying in the hotel. The power of a recommendation, whether online or oral, is extremely important and can easily bring you positive publicity, but also one bad move can easily turn the whole 360-degree business story into a negative. The arrogant way of doing business has not brought great results to anyone in the hotel industry, because guests really care how they feel about returning from a trip.Photo: Unsplash.comAS A HOTEL HOTEL, ASK YOURSELF EVERY DAY A FEW QUESTIONS:Do you pay enough attention to the guest experience?Eg. Have you introduced any “gastro travel” in your catering offer? Does your mini club work inspiringly and does it really help parents? Have you thought about organizing some theme clubs at the hotel? Namely, today people often travel because of hobbies and the desire to socialize with like-minded people… Is your wellness really as extraordinary and unique as it is written in your brochures? Are your receptionists sufficiently educated to tell guests the story of the destination itself and share useful recommendations and advice? Are you fast and efficient and do you provide service 24 hours a day? Does your food and beverage manager have enough authority to cheer up a dissatisfied guest with some free catering surprise during their stay? Do you care in general about how your staff treats dissatisfied guests? And finally, how helpful is your staff to the guest and how common is it for them to laugh when they pass by the guest?What story are you telling the world? What’s your story? Does your hotel have any special features that you are proud of? Did you include stories from the destination in the stories about your hotel? Maybe just the history and tradition of the place or the people associated with the hotel could be a great story? Maybe gastronomic specialties and your catering offer in general are something you should talk more about? Or do you have a unique hotel design, designer furniture or your own brand within the hotel from which you could make an interesting story? Great stories also arise from the style of the hotel, whether you go in the direction of lifestyle, holistic approach, fun, family vacation, honeymoon. Each model provides material for many new stories.No matter what characterizes you best, be sure to make a story about it! Be authentic and honest! And finally, be determined to achieve publicity on a topic that suits you, and that is of course possible if you have a good PR plan. It is important to be inspiring in continuity and always awaken the imagination of a potential guest!How do you connect with your potential guests who are in the process of planning and dreaming about their ideal destination?Do you develop the image of your hotel on a “storytelling model”, ie do you tell stories about your specific services and experiences of the area in which you are located? Do you have great photos and videos that show the experience during your stay at your hotel?Do you connect with your guests through social media? Do you answer questions on travel forums? Do you answer questions with some splint or tailor made approach? Do you have a loyalty program for your guests? Do you inform your old guests regularly about your current offer? Do you remember your guest during the year with a nice gesture such as a birthday card, holidays…?Remember, in the hotel industry, the personalization of the guest is extremely important. Hotel staff should be constantly educated on this issue and find solutions that offer a caring, yet not intrusive approach to the guest. Because every guest wants to feel honored and special, and this is possible even with a small gesture of addressing the guest by direct email or a nice response on social networks.Photo: Unsplash.comDo you listen to what guests say about the hotel experience in reviews on travel forums? Guest comments are important because they speak to their experience of your content. They often provide great guidance for the next steps on how to improve your business in a variety of ways. If you read the reviews carefully, you can reach business priorities, which you should implement as soon as possible.Databases are the key to excellent user experience management. They help detect many at first invisible patterns of behavior and definitely open up new opportunities to improve the service. Sometimes customer reviews and responses will easily help you develop a new effective hotel service.Do you have a clear PR strategy?Remember, PR strategy and activity plan not only serve to attract guests to the hotel, they also serve to better understand the real needs of guests and extraordinary work in the facility when the guest came to enjoy the experience.Without a clear PR strategy, the image of a hotel can very easily weaken and in the long run it will not be clear who you really are and what values ​​you represent. It is probably of little importance to any hotel to be just one of the options in the reservation systems, and in order not to stay that way, it is important to constantly tell stories about your hotel. Stories that will set it apart from others on the market.Are internal and external communication in the hotel equally important to you?When talking about the PR strategy of a hotel, it is important to remember that no PR plan will be implemented with a result if there is no excellent communication between the hotel staff.In other words, if your public relations department does not communicate with other departments, starting from the household, reception and bartender to the sales team, and if everyone does not understand their share of story and responsibility, the effectiveness of PR activities is greatly reduced. It is disappointing that some of the hotels do not have any PR strategy at all, let alone a clear plan. The sales department is often expected to plan and carry out marketing and PR activities and to take all necessary actions for the best promotion of the hotel. And while it’s extremely important that the marketing and PR departments work great with the sales department, these are completely different roles. Three in one can hardly have a long-term positive effect on hotel image and figures.Photo: Unsplash.comMAKE YOUR GUEST FEEL SPECIALKindness, dedication and individual and professional attitude towards each guest should be the foundation of quality hotel business. A fresh dose of positive every day will always delight your guest again and again. Therefore, make sure that your staff is friendly, smiling and ready to offer and refer to additional facilities of your hotel and the area in which you are. The guest always wants to feel special and experience everything that everyday life does not provide.You must never forget how important mutual communication is in all hotel departments. Without understanding and solving problems on one side of the hotel, the other side cannot be expected to function properly. Lastly, remember that word of mouth is still a powerful promotional tool, and social media is a place where good or bad news about your service spreads quickly. Therefore, always pay attention to the excellence of your service because their value will overshadow any promotional material.Author: Marijana Brdovnik, magic4.club – Travel PR & Travel Branding agencylast_img read more

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PM warns France ‘not to let down guard’ as virus cases surge

first_imgCastex, a right-wing technocrat, was named prime minister last month in a cabinet reshuffle by President Emmanuel Macron. Before his appointment, Castex masterminded the plan that took France out of lockdown.He faces a delicate August in the frontline of the health crisis, with Macron decamped for his annual holiday at the Fort de Bregancon presidential retreat in the south of France. The country has emerged relatively swiftly from a two-month lockdown imposed to combat the virus, but this has come with the risk of an increase in cases. France, which has registered over 30,000 deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic, recorded thousands of new confirmed infections last week, prompting some regions to reimpose local restrictions.”We are seeing an increase in the figures for the epidemic which should make us more attentive than ever,” Castex said.”I call on every French person to remain very vigilant. The fight against the virus depends of course on the state, local communities, institutions, but also on each of us,” he added. Topics : Prime Minister Jean Castex on Monday urged France “not to let down its guard” in the fight against the coronavirus in order to prevent a new national lockdown, as concern grows over a surge in cases.”The virus has not gone on holiday and neither have we,” the premier said on a visit to the northeastern city of Lille.”We need to protect ourselves against this virus, without putting a stop to our economic and social life, in other words avoiding the risk of a new generalized lockdown.” Outdoor masks obligatory The city of Lille, a bustling hub close to the Belgian border, has been the subject of particular concern with the prevalence of the virus doubling to 38 people per 100,000 in just two weeks.In parts of the city it is now obligatory to wear masks outside to limit contagion, a move that local authorities in France can decide themselves.Outdoor mask-wearing has also been made mandatory in parts of the northern region of Mayenne, as well as the popular coastal holiday destinations of Biarritz, Saint-Malo and Le Touquet.The mayor of the southern city of Nice, Christian Estrosi, announced Monday that masks would be obligatory on some streets, including the busiest ones by the Mediterranean Sea.Asked how long the measure would remain in force, he replied: “Until someone tells me that the virus is not circulating.”Police were already out on the streets of Nice to enforce the new rule, but fines for not wearing masks — which can go as high as 135 euros ($158) — will only be imposed from Wednesday.The French government has encouraged citizens to go on holiday this year, especially within the country, in the hope of giving some help to an economy that contracted by a whopping 13.8 percent in the second quarter.But officials are keenly aware that opening up brings risks, and the government has been troubled by scenes especially of young people partying at close quarters outdoors in holiday spots.last_img read more