Spas, Health & Wellness
Leslie  Wolski
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Is Your Hotel Spa Ready for Spa Science?
  • Over the last ten years those of us in the spa industry have been embracing the Wellness Movement. Wellness has been the core value of spas for centuries, but hotel spas finally started focusing on it. Health benefits were highlighted and the old school pampering label was discarded. Menus were expanded, new and innovative services added and in some cases spas completely rebranded. This paradigm shift was made in the hopes of meeting our guests’ growing demand for all things wellness. Now, however, our guests are asking us why and how. Why and how does wellness work? Read on...

Trent  Munday
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • The Future of Hotel Spas
  • Hotel spas have come a long way, yet they haven’t really gone anywhere. While the world around us has changed significantly in the last twenty years or so, the hotel spa has not. Spas have become a standard feature in most 4 Star and 5 Star hotels. Guests have come to expect a spa in these hotels. But does that mean they will use it? The numbers seem to suggest the answer is no - at least not like they used to. So, what is the Future of the Hotel Spa Business? Here’s some thoughts for you to consider. Read on...

Laszlo Puczko
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Lifestyle Medicine: Friend or Foe of Hotel Development?
  • Is wellness still attractive? Wellness providers need to look at developments in the wider healthcare (or medical) arena. There they will discover revived traditional healing approaches, cross-over services and treatments as well as new facility types which already challenge the wellness and tourism markets. Lifestyle medicine, longevity medicine and integrative health approaches will continue to complement, if not replace wellness services, and consequently spas... Read on...

Oliver Ryan
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Virtual Walkathons: Coming to a Hotel Near You
  • Managers at Hyatt Regency San Francisco had a battle on their hands — in the best possible way. Determined to do something fun and healthy for their 400 person staff, they launched a challenge on a digital platform that powers fitness tracker-driven wellness programs. The first challenge was so successful, two other Bay Area Hyatts wanted in, and the Battle of the Bay was on. Read on...

Cecilia Hercik
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • How to Engineer a Spa Menu
  • Designing a Spa Menu can be considered the most important part of owning a spa. This one small bit of media can be the difference between an extensive amount of revenue, a large and dedicated clientele, and high employee morale, versus next to no revenue, no clients, and an unhappy team. The task may seem a daunting one, but once you are underway, you’ll find creating your menu will not only be easier than you thought, but you’ll have fun doing it. Read on...

Jacqueline Clarke
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • The Science in the Spa Conversation
  • Around the world there are many new conversations happening in spas. Science is a key issue that helps sell spa treatments in many of these new conversations. The arguments, that we set out here, have been distilled from the many thousands of spa conversations that we in Diagonal Reports have researched and analyzed in different countries, among them UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the USA, and China. Read on...

Greg Miller
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • The Science of Spa Revenue Management
  • When hiring a great spa director, and in my time, I have hired a few, you look for qualities that will lead to a successful business. Historically, those qualities include operational acumen, relentless service focus and the almost supernatural ability to motivate passionate spa types. We rely on our directors to run these business units yet their skill set may lean more towards nurturing than analytical. After all, it’s rare to find a leader who does everything well. Being resourceful sure helps especially considering the data we have at our fingertips that can influence strategy and critical decisions, like price. Read on...

Diego Lowenstein
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Rethinking the Property Spa Can Promote Hotel Wellness
  • When done right, hotel owners can use a spa to tap into a valuable market and enhance the hospitality experience by restoring mindfulness and overall well-being for patrons. This, in turn, can earn repeat guests and positively impact the property’s bottom line. That’s why it’s so important for hotel owners to stay ahead of evolving industry trends and guest expectations, and avoid common pitfalls when developing or renovating an on-site spa. Owners who successfully differentiate their hotels typically have a strategic advantage, and spa treatments remain a terrific way to stand out from the competition. Read on...

Lorraine Abelow
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Powerful Spa PR Campaigns Drive Revenues
  • Marketing your spa the right way is vital to attracting more guests. For the most desirable results, find a public relations agency with years of spa PR experience. The best match will generate the most effective strategies for your hotel spa and execute them properly so you receive maximum exposure.One of the best outcomes is getting featured in A-list publications like The New York Times or the Huffington Post. They are invaluable when it comes to online ranking because Google and other search engines pay more attention to top-tier outlets by rewarding these stories with a higher SEO ranking. Read on...

Judith Jackson
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • To Spa or Not to Spa?
  • To Spa or not to Spa? If that is your question for your hotel or resort, you are reading the right article. Luckily, there are more good answers from experts in the hospitality and spa fields than Hamlet ever imagined. If your property has the space and financing to install a spa, this is certainly a time to do it. Your guests are now conditioned to expect not only a fitness facility, but stress reduction massages and rejuvenating facials -- as well as the nurturing escape of a well-planned and run spa. Read on...

Deborah   Smith
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • A Look at the American Hot Springs Spa Landscape
  • Widespread enthusiasm for a natural hot springs experience over the last ten years has growing numbers of wellness- and recreation-oriented consumers in America building their travel and vacation plans around these scenic destinations. Places where simple enjoyment of Mother Nature, outdoor recreation, and the pleasure of total relaxation are the main attractions. Wellness and recreation-based tourism centered around hot mineral springs is estimated to be a $50 billion global industry according to the Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a Miami-based think tank that has published several research reports concerning the global hot springs market in the past few years. Read on...

Mark  Grenoble
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Spas Which Look Beyond the Body and Engage the Mind with Soul-Inspiring Transformations
  • One of the big shifts in the spa and wellness movement that I have seen over the past few years is in the mindset of the spa-goer. What used to be a singular spa experience to relax the body, release tension in the muscles, and perhaps elevate one’s physical appearance, has now transgressed into something deeper. The spa experience is beginning to look beyond the physical body and instead, engage the mind. Spa-goers are seeking transformation focused not on changing who you are, but creating a more perfect version of yourself. Read on...

Michael G. Tompkins
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Spa and Wellness in the Hotel Industry
  • Those of us lucky enough to work in the spa and wellness industry experience the pleasure of helping people day in, day out. However, from an executive perspective, there is one very common complaint: the industry doesn’t get the respect it deserves. There are times when it seems like the media and the investment industry only seem to care about the growth in the technology and biotechnology industries. What excites them is another gadget, an app, a new pill, or whatever other newfangled notion is “flavor of the month.” And yet the spa and wellness industry has also grown at a clip Read on...

Mia Kyricos
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • What's the Latest Value Proposition for Today's Health-Conscious Hotels? The "Well-volution"
  • It is no secret that the hotel world has changed dramatically in the last few years. If we consider just the last decade (2006-2016), we’ve witnessed significant brand expansions and evolutions; experienced the trauma of one of the world’s worst recessions and subsequent halts in development pipelines around the globe; and now, acquisitions of some of the largest and most recognized hotel brands in the business. And that’s just on the industry side. On the consumer side of the equation, I think one of the greatest macro-trends to affect the way we attract and retain our customers is that today our guests are looking for experiences that positively Read on...

Keith  Simmel
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Designing for the Healthy Traveler
  • Over the last decade, we have seen the nation take a greater interest in health and wellness. There has been a major paradigm shift calling for higher quality, organic products and transparency with ingredients. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now requires restaurants, retail food establishments and vending machines to list the amount of calories associated with each item. Organic grocers like Whole Foods are leading the market with their superior offerings. It’s no surprise that this consumer trend has also manifested in the hospitality industry where hotel designers, owners and developers are seeing greater demand for health and wellness products than ever before. Read on...


OCTOBER: Revenue Management: Technology and Big Data

Steve  Van

Do you have a catering assistant whose first question each morning is Did we sell out? or What was our occupancy and ADR last night? What about a front office associate who is so hungry to earn the perfect sell incentive that every time she works the 3:00 to 11:00 shift and the hotel has just a few rooms left to sell, you can count on the fact that you are going to end up with a perfect sell? If so, you may have just found your next revenue manager! Read on...

Will Song

Airbnb is less than a decade old, but it has already begun to make waves in the travel industry. The online marketplace where individuals can list their apartments or rooms for guests to book has been able to secure a surprisingly stable foothold for itself. This has caused some hoteliers to worry that there’s a new competitor in the market with the potential to not only take away market share but drive prices down lower than ever. Let’s take a closer look at how Airbnb fits into the industry right now and then walk through the steps of the ways your hotel revenue management strategy can be adapted to the age of Airbnb. Read on...

Brian Bolf

Revenue management tends to be one of the most challenging hospitality disciplines to define, particularly due to the constant evolution of technology. Advancements in data processing, information technology, and artificial intelligence provide our industry with expanded opportunities to reach, connect, and learn from our guests. Ultimately, the primary goals of revenue management remain constant as the ever-evolving hospitality industry matures. We must keep these fundamentals top of mind, while proactively planning for the tighter targets that lay ahead. That said, how can we embrace these innovations, operate under constricted parameters, and learn from the practices used today to achieve our same goals moving forward? Read on...

Sanjay  Nagalia

Every year, it seems as though the hospitality industry faces more competition, new opportunities to leverage their data, and difficult organizational challenges to overcome to remain competitive in a hypercompetitive marketplace. The popularity of the sharing economy, dominating OTAs and a growing generation of often-puzzling consumers all give pause to hotels as they strategize for a more profitable future. Hotels have been feeling the heat from OTA competition for several years, causing many organizations to double down on their efforts to drive more direct bookings. Revamped loyalty programs, refined marketing campaigns and improvements to brand websites have all become primary focuses for hotel brands looking to turn the tables on their online competition. Read on...

Coming Up In The November Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Architecture & Design: Authentic, Interactive and Immersive
If there is one dominant trend in the field of hotel architecture and design, it’s that travelers are demanding authentic, immersive and interactive experiences. This is especially true for Millennials but Baby Boomers are seeking out meaningful experiences as well. As a result, the development of immersive travel experiences - winery resorts, culinary resorts, resorts geared toward specific sports enthusiasts - will continue to expand. Another kind of immersive experience is an urban resort – one that provides all the elements you'd expect in a luxury resort, but urbanized. The urban resort hotel is designed as a staging area where the city itself provides all the amenities, and the hotel functions as a kind of sophisticated concierge service. Another trend is a re-thinking of the hotel lobby, which has evolved into an active social hub with flexible spaces for work and play, featuring cafe?s, bars, libraries, computer stations, game rooms, and more. The goal is to make this area as interactive as possible and to bring people together, making the space less of a traditional hotel lobby and more of a contemporary gathering place. This emphasis on the lobby has also had an associated effect on the size of hotel rooms – they are getting smaller. Since most activities are designed to take place in the lobby, there is less time spent in rooms which justifies their smaller design. Finally, the wellness and ecology movements are also having a major impact on design. The industry is actively adopting standards so that new structures are not only environmentally sustainable, but also promote optimum health and well- being for the travelers who will inhabit them. These are a few of the current trends in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.