in fact, create more goodwill than if things had gone smoothly in the first place. Consider how, Paris-based
recovered from a service nightmare and won the loyalty of one group of vacationers the vacationers had nothing but trouble getting from
to their A destination
the flight took off six hours late
made two unexpected stops, and circled thirty minutes before it could land. Because of all the delays and mishaps, the plane was en route for ten hours more than planned and ran out of food and drinks. It finally arrived at two o'clock in the morning, with a landing so rough that oxygen masks and luggage dropped from overhear. By the time the plane pulled up to the gate, the soured passengers were faint with hunger and convinced that their vacation was ruined before it had even started. One lawyer on board was already collecting names and addresses for a class-action lawsuit Silvio de Bortoli, the general manager of the Cancun resort and a legend thoughout the organization for his ability to safisfy customers, got word of the horrendous flight and immediately created and antidote. He took half the staff to the airport, where they laid out a table of snacks and drinks and set up a stereo system to play lively music. As the guests files through the gate, they received personal greetings, help with their bags, a sympathetic ear, and a chauffeured ride to the resort. Waiting for them ai Club Med was a lavish banquet, complete with mariachi band and champagne. Moreover, the staff had rallied other guests to wake up and greet the newcomers, and the partying continued until sunrise. Many guests said it was the most fun they’d had since college. In the end, the vacationers had a better experience than if their flight from New York had gone like clockwork. Although the company probably coundn’t measure it, Club … won market share that night. After all, the battle for market share that night. After all, the battle for market share is won not by analyzing demograpic...
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