Karen Baldwin on Challenges within the Accommodation Industry, Guest Perspective and Prioritising Staff Needs

94. Karen Baldwin on Challenges within the Accommodation Industry, Guest Perspective and Prioritising Staff Needs

Karen Baldwin is the owner-operator of Best Western Kennedy Drive Airport Motel, in Tweed Heads, NSW. Adrian and Karen met at the Best Western Australasia conference, where Karen and her husband Steve won a ‘Quality and Service’ Award. The couple also proudly hold a number one in customer service award. In addition to these impressive accolades, they boast the third cleanest hotel in the Best Western Australasia region. Adrian was eager to chat with Karen to find out the secrets behind her and Steve’s success.

In this week’s podcast episode, Adrian and Karen discuss the awards the Best Western Kennedy Drive Airport Motel team have received. This leads them to a conversation around the challenges faced by accommodation providers and methods used to overcome them. They have a great chat about the importance of looking at your business from a guest’s perspective and the similarly important task of prioritising the needs of employees. Karen shares with listeners why it’s so important to be a visitor in your own region and how doing so can help exceed guest expectations.

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Other topics Adrian and Karen discuss in the episode:

  • Karen & Steve’s career in the accommodation industry
  • Things to consider when taking over a business
  • Online bookings verses booking direct
  • The benefits of guest memberships
  • Building a reliable guest repeat base
  • Mobile check-in verses personalised experiences
  • Technology and time saving apps
  • Karen’s pet peeve
  • Self-confidence, uniqueness & trying new things

Best Western Kennedy Drive Airport Motel website

Email – kennedydrive@bestwestern.com.au

BW Kennedy Drive Airport Motel Facebook page

Link to full news article on Karen Baldwin’s interview