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1 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003

2 Measure the success of a Brand Image Program Survey of guests visiting Latvia Mike Johnson, Riga

3 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Food for the Mind Provocative thinking

4 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 A clear vision that clearly places in the minds of our visitors what Latvia is all about We need

5 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Does this – do it?

6 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 We need More than just a pretty research document prepared by some “experts” in their office

7 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 to be a simple mental image of what Latvia is all about It needs

8 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 to reflect what they will actually experience It needs

9 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 What is Latvia’s Product ? Compared to other countries Art Nouveau Old buildings History Pure nature Lovely parks

10 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 To understand What is Latvia’s product What are we really selling ? Why is it different ? What are features and benefits ? We need

11 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Which would you buy and why? Coke or Pepsi Compare to other European destinations

12 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 A clear vision that is understood by all persons that will come in contact with our visitors We need

13 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 What is the “big picture” goal ? Make more sales to existing visitors Make more sales to new visitors Save money on expenses Become more productive (do more with less) Make more profit Provide better paying jobs for our employees Increase our budgets for doing more programs

14 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Old Money Local commerce Buying & selling goods and services Value Added Tax is charged and hopefully collected Money stays in Latvia Budgets stay the same size Visitors come to Latvia Visitors buy goods, services, rooms, food and, and, and … More money stays in Latvia Value added taxes are collected Budgets may get larger vs New money

15 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 How do we do all that ? Make our visitors feel welcome! Listen to what they want to have? Provide them with what they want Do it on a consistent basis - each visit the same or better Thank them when they leave “Delight them” so they will tell their friends and they come back as well

16 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Simply make the effort to ask them ?

17 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 a measuring program to know first hand what people are perceiving

18 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Perception is reality

19 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 The Survey – why do it? We all know Riga is a wonderful city. The question is ? What do our visitors think? What will they tell their friends and family when they get back home? We don’t go back to cafes we don’t like and if Riga did not “WOW” our visitors, they won’t tell their friends....

20 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Yes, but ….. Would anyone really say something negative about Latvia ?

21 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 What do you think ? Nobody smiles – no eye contact – did not feel welcome Customer service inconsistent Service too slow Wait / beg to get “bill” Riga shop clerk Agree ?

22 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Newspaper article 21 October 2003

23 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Riga, on the other hand, where the next night’s show took place, felt like a hassle right away, and never stopped feeling like one. Vanek, back on his old stomping grounds, had an extra bounce in his step, but I felt jostled and harried, and never more than a few feet away from getting run over by something. …..Riga felt too big and all wrong, a huge city with chaotic traffic to match, and all of it jammed right between us and those parts of the city to which we needed to get. There was lots to do and see, but I didn’t feel like doing or seeing much of it.

24 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Perception – is reality They will tell their friends and as they are closer to the situation, the friends will tend to believe the story as true

25 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 i think there should be a briefing from the government tourism office to the police department how to treat the tourist to avoid any kind of unnecessary rude act. After all, Riga is supposed to be a fast growing, civilized ancient capital marching towards modernization, not a police state from the dark age.

26 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Other recent headlines A Baltic Striptease? As Latvia joins Europe, corruption becomes an issue By Frank Brown NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL Nov. 3 The city’s (Ventspils) streets may be clean—but its politics clearly are not. When it comes to corruption, Latvians view themselves as having a more corrupt government than the people of either Lithuania or Estonia, the Baltic neighbors also set to join the EU and NATO next year. In this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index, compiled by Transparency International in Berlin, Latvia ranks between Jamaica and Colombia at No. 57. Lithuania comes in at 41, while Estonia gets 33, with their northern neighbor, Finland, grabbing the No. 1 spot as the least corrupt of 133 countries surveyed.

27 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Other recent headlines Lithuania leads, Latvia lags in Baltic EU entry preparations November 2003 Of the three Baltic states in line to join the European Union next year, Lithuania emerged in an annual EU scorecard Wednesday as the leading pupil and Latvia as the dunce, with Estonia in the middle.

28 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 A clear vision that is understood by all persons that will come in contact with our visitors Training to assist our service providers to interact with our guests to create an “delightful customer experience” more please

29 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Survey process Ask questions Training & Implement changes Circle of your & our future! Analyze visitor comments Make a plan

30 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Visitor Assessment Survey Questions How did you arrive in Riga? Rate quality of that journey? How did you travel to your accommodation? Rate that trip? Where did you stay in Riga Rate quality of accommodation What was nature of visit to Riga? How long did you stay? Expectations of visit? Where they met? Quality of tourist Information? Would you recommend Riga? Overall rating of customer service you experienced? Where did you eat in Riga? Specific recommendation for improvement

31 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 I loved Riga Wow !

32 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 But ! If only those few things would have been better I would have spent more money there

33 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Why is it so hard ? The concept is simple – is the customer satisfied? Is it possible the customer might think differently than you? Come on now ask yourself, could it really be better? What does the customer think? Who is paying for the goods, service, meal, etc? The customer is – not you – so let them have it their way!

34 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Why is it so hard – Just ask ? If that makes sense, then why not ask? If you never ask, you will never know? So ask the tough probing question Afraid of the answer? Go ahead and ask! So now you have asked & they they tell you what they think. Is it possible that maybe they have a valid point and it could be better?

35 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Its WIN – WIN – WIN ? Do you think you can easily make it better like the customer asked? Some things – many things don't cost a lot of time or money to change – right? So if it doesn’t take much time or cost much money, why not change? If it was changed and the majority of the customers were more happy, perhaps they would spend more money – right? So it’s a WIN – WIN – WIN situation for all!

36 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Responses by Country ? Portugal Canada Check Republic Estonia Spain France Italy Lithuania Denmark Belgium Switzerland Japan Norway Russia Sweden Holland Finland 5 Germany7 USA7 UK15 No Response 10 1 to 3 responses

37 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Number of Room-Days Stayed in Riga? 80% less than 8 days 60% less than 6 days 30% less than 4 days 80% 30% 60%

38 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Survey results ? I could have walked all over Riga it was wonderful! Staff of Hotels are very kind – many comments Good local beer Impressed with Riga airport except bathrooms smelled Lovely buildings Buses on time LIDO staff – Staburags very unfriendly different than other LIDO locations Very lovely parks – our complements to the mayor, but; where are the good public toilets?

39 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Survey results ? Road police asking for bribes Need more rooms with handicap (wheelchair) access No one to help at airport after midnight. Police were very nice and arranged taxi Better sheets and blankets. Blankets too narrow for 2 persons Better security and police on streets that speak English Riga is a very expensive city Very noisy outside of hotel window in Old City late at night Need street and road direction signs that can be read from car Elizabetes Iela Elizabetes

40 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Survey results ? Overcharging by taxis from bus station – meter off 5% will not recommend Riga -- “himmmm!” Museums closed some days – shops closed sign says open Food too salty - food served too cold Customer service inconsistent More English language menus More information on museums in all languages Tourist information hard to find Hotel walls too thin – even new deluxe hotels

41 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Survey results Old Riga Tourist Office? Tourist office staff not friendly & helpful Need more information available in English and other languages Information provided was basically too simple. Need much more information Bus tour was too long and half was not interesting Need more information on hotel reservations

42 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Survey results Riga Airport Tourist Office? Ground floor tourist office closed much of the time No information available on hotel reservation Information on bus to city center very limited Bus stop signage needs much improvement English language skills very limited Staff not experienced so not very helpful

43 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Survey results Bus Station Tourist Office? No information available on hotel reservation English language skills very limited Staff not experienced so not very helpful Need better quality information not just black & white copies

44 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Survey results Train Station Tourist Office? No tourist information available Information desk just for OREGO shopping center

45 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Survey results - Tourist Information? Around the Old City and some city center area there are metal racks with Riga 800 signs on them. Most are damaged and not attractive. Racks are empty of any information

46 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 What next ? Establish working committee with members from hotels, cafes, shops, tourist offices and City. Brainstorm and develop specific action steps Build relationships with hotels, shops, cafes and restaurants about importance of collecting customer survey data and improvement process Work with administration of tourism schools to influence their program and to provide guest lectures based in industry reality Be ready to survey again for December holiday season

47 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 What next ? Look for new products and ways to encourage people to stay longer in Riga and in Latvia

48 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Some specifics ? Hold working task group meetings in September Develop seminar for hotel, shops and restaurants staff on basics of customer service. Special seminar for mid and another for upper level management Work with taxi companies that serve the bus station to charge by the meter Build relationship with city sign department Implement survey collection points at airport and ferry departure points

49 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Some specifics ? Schedule meetings with tourism school administrators to invite them to the working task group meetings Volunteer to be guest lecturers at the tourism schools. Make this presentation at the schools Hold a meetings with a cross section of shop, café and restaurant owners. Work through Hotel Association and key hotel directors to build understanding with hotel staff

50 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 A clear vision that clearly places in the minds of our visitors what Latvia is all about We need

51 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 And, we need More than just a pretty research document prepared by some “experts” in their office

52 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 A clear vision that is understood by all persons that will come in contact with our visitors We need

53 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Yes we can ! Latvia Riga Latvija Rīga M ē s t o v a r a m !

54 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November 2003 Paldies ! Thank you

55 Copyright © 2003, Michael Arthur Johnson – Riga Latvia – Revision F, 14 November


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