Listen in to hear Tom’s short summary show from the original podcast hosted by Paula Thomas where she is joined by Kristi Gole, VP, Head of Product at Global Hotel Alliance to hear how this model works and benefits both the brands and consumer members.
The Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) is the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, supporting 35 hotel brands with more than 500 hotels across 85 countries, each leveraging the DISCOVERY guest recognition programme to drive loyalty with guests.
This alliance allows small and independent hotels to compete with global hospitality brands, while still operating independently and giving consumers the opportunity to earn rewards across their many brands.
Listen to Tom’s views on how GHA build loyalty across independent hotel groups as well as finding more ways to reward travellers.
3) GHA’s DISCOVERY guest recognition programme
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Tom: Hi, I’m Tom Peace, Managing Director of The Loyalty People and Presenter of Let’s Talk A Little Loyalty. Welcome to this week’s short summary show, on behalf of Let’s Talk Loyalty. This week my Let’s Talk a little Loyalty podcast showcases Paula’s interview with Kristi Gole. Formerly VP Head of Product at Global Hotel Alliance, and now EVP Strategy to hear how the GHA model works and how consumers benefit, please, listen on.
Global Hotel Alliance or GHA is the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, supporting 35 hotel brands with more than 500 hotels across 85 countries.
Each levering the Discovery Guest Recognition program drive loyalty with guests. This alliance allows small and independent hotels to compete with global hospitality brands while still operating independently and giving consumers the opportunity to earn rewards across their many brands. It’s really interesting to hear how GHA was created initially as a consortium of independent hotel chains with a B2B focus to help compete against the big guys.
There was clearly a consumer angle here and GHA quickly built a large customer database. Essentially, this program started as a CRM solution for the participating brands to communicate with members in a targeted way. This is developed into an award-winning customer strategy as Kristy tells us, the key objective was to offer a very cost effective marketing solution for independent hotel chains where brands only pay based on incremental sales, and the costs are kept extremely low.
What’s really innovative about this program is the fact that their rewards have no cash value. They’re pointless points that reward the member with peered benefits that unlock experiences from the brand’s inventory, such as dining experiences and spa treatments. It is a really clever strategy as it engages the member with something valuable, but also creates a strong, positive emotional connection with the customer.
It also has the benefit of not carrying the cost liability of the points if they were to have had value. I really love this sort of program that creates incentives and rewards across a network of independence. Big brands too, but I also feel that independence businesses often offers something unique and interesting, and service is often very good.
Independent brands often miss out on the appeal of a mass loyalty program device. In the rare case of a unifying customer strategy across independent brands, I always try to be involved. Well done GHA for an excellent initiative. I highly recommend listening to the main show, which can be found at www.letstalkloyalty.com and first aired on 28th of April 2022, episode number 218. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoyed my summary show all of us to speak to you soon. Tom.
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