Hotel 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 agency
Ian Wright reacts to ‘beautiful’ Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang behaviour Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Mar 2019 1:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Aubameyang and Lacazette have scored 34 goals between them this season (Picture: Getty)Ian Wright has heaped praise on Arsenal strike duo Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, branding their interaction with one another against Manchester United on Sunday as “beautiful”.The Gunners beat the Red Devils in impressive fashion on Sunday, with the latter of the two strikers scoring the club’s second goal from the penalty spot to secure a 2-0 win.However, before the penalty, Lacazette gave his team-mate a little encouragement and asked him to forget the other recent high-pressure spotkick his missed against Tottenham a week earlier.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The way Lacazette gave the penalty to Aubameyang and gave him that little speech about taking that and scoring, what what it will do for him, it was a beautiful thing to see,’ Wright said on his YouTube channel.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Last week after the Tottenham game, people were saying Aubameyang should be sold because he missed a penalty against Tottenham. And now this week he’s score a goal against Manchester United from the penalty spot.‘Let’s face it, his demeanour in the way he took the penalty was exactly the same. It’s not like he was doing anything flash against Tottenham, that’s how he takes them.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I’m very pleased with the outcome. I was very nervous about the game. Now all we have got to do is get behind the boys for Rennes.’Arsenal take on the Ligue 1 club in the Europa League on Thursday as Unai Emery’s side look to overcome a 1-3 aggregate scoreline.They then take on Newcastle on April 1 as they look to maintain their fourth spot in the Premier League.MORE: Wright praises Solskjaer for making Ozil ‘disappear’ against Man UtdWill Arsenal finish in the top four?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement
SBZ, the €5bn industry-wide pension fund for healthcare insurers in the Netherlands, is to remain with Syntrus Achmea for the time being, as the pensions administrator’s new IT system should be able to accommodate SBZ’s “relatively simple” pension plan.Adri van der Wurff, the scheme’s chair, told IPE sister publication Pensioen Pro that its pension arrangements were not managed on the system Syntrus plans to drop, adding that the continuity of pensions administration was not at risk for SBZ.He said SBZ’s actuarial contributions and its non-mandatory participation set-up made the scheme fairly straightforward.He added that the pension fund was now assessing whether it wanted to extend its contract with Syntrus when it expires at the end of next year. Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer confirmed that SBZ is the only industry-wide pension fund of its 23 sector clients that will have its administration carried out using the new IT system.Last week, Syntrus Achmea announced that it would terminate its loss-making service to industry-wide pension funds, as its new IT system could not cope with a number of complicated pension plans.As a consequence, several sector schemes, including those for hairdressers, dental technicians and the cold meat industry (VLEP), have been forced to seek providers.Some have expressed concerns that Syntrus Achmea would shut down its ‘old’ system too quickly and argued that they had been left in a weakened position for negotiating new admin deals.Meanwhile, Stipp, the €1bn scheme for the temporary employment sector, announced on its website that it is close to concluding a contract with PGGM for carrying out its administration from 2018.The pension fund – a Syntrus Achmea client – has been looking for a new provider for the past year, having “insufficient innovation” on pensions communication at Syntrus, according to Erwin Bosman, its workers’ chairman.He said Stipp had not been surprised by Syntrus’s announcement, “as we had our doubts already about the future quality of service, as well as the extent the provider was prepared to invest for us”.Bosman said PGGM would set up a new administration system for defined contribution arrangements for Stipp that would take the scheme’s specific characteristics into account.“This will enable us to share our views at the start of the process,” said Bosman, who added that PGGM could also deliver on communication.Elsewhere, the €4.2bn pension fund for the grocery industry, Levensmiddelen, said it was also in an advanced stage of tendering for a new provider.Rick Grutters, its employee chair, said that this had been part of a “periodical orientation” and was not because his scheme had been dissatisfied with Syntrus’s service.On its website, Levensmiddelen said Syntrus’s announcement that it would cease servicing sector schemes had served as an impetus to speed up the selection process for a new provider.