Banff Aspen Lodge: Evolving the Business Strategy
In June 2013, the general manager of the Banff Aspen Lodge in Alberta, Canada, had to decide how to use the space previously vacated by a gift shop that had been housed in the lobby of the hotel. With high occupancy rates and no immediate pressure to add significantly to the hotel's bottom line, the general manager had the luxury of testing new services that could help deliver on the hotel's mission to provide every guest with an exceptional experience. However, he had to work within the hotel's footprint at the time. He was considering using the prime storefront space to add a restaurant or a caf . He also knew, however, that complementary service offerings could pull resources away from the hotel's core lodging offering and pull him away from crucial long-term business development. Laurie George Busuttil and Susan Van Weelden are affiliated with Redeemer University College.