Spas, Health & Wellness
Lucia  Rodriguez Amasio
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Building a Spa Brand Around Teens
  • Today’s travelers not only seek wellness in their escape, but also have come to expect it. As a result, hotels and resorts—having recognized the demand for expanded and unique wellness programs—may need to take a closer look at their branding. It is critical to ensure the offerings are properly positioned in consumer-facing marketing and communications, as well as accurately reflected in the spa’s design, staff, food options and treatment offerings. Read on...

Laszlo Puczko
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Beauty. Spa. Wellness. What is the Next Big Trend for Hotels?
  • A new upscale hotel development without a spa or wellness centre? Quite probably no. What not that long ago was a differentiating service element now is a basic, entry level service. This is not only true for resorts but also for urban and even business hotels, too. The commodification and standardisation of spas or wellness units is, however, only characterizes the top end of the hotel business. Very rarely one can find a full service spa in a three star property! Read on...

Andrew Cohan
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Hotel Wellness Programs Can Boost ADR and Valuations Without Breaking the Bank
  • If we step back and review what the term “wellness” means to business or leisure travelers, we will see that many “wellness” activities involve little to no investment on the part of a hotel, in order to accommodate guests’ interest. Whether the guest is a boomer or millennial, interested in philanthropic giving forward or taking care of oneself with spiritual or physical aids to the body, mind and spirit – it is only with a bit of creativity that a hotel’s programming can be developed to improve its “wellness profile” with minimal cost. Read on...

Jeremy  Gilley
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Marketing to the Wellness Conscious Guest
  • The wellness trend can’t be ignored; it’s a $500 billion dollar business that has taken root and continues to grow and flourish. In 2013, wellness tourism grew by a whopping 12.7 percent, surpassing 2012’s growth rate of 9 percent, according to the 2014 Global Spa and Wellness Economy Monitor. Clearly, incorporating a wellness program or improving upon an existing one is an opportunity not to be missed. Courting the health and wellness-savvy consumer not only makes guests feel great, it has the potential to reinvigorate the bottom line, oftentimes without heavy capital investment. Read on...

Emily  McConnell
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Targeting the Male Spa Clientele
  • Traditionally spas have been marketed primarily towards women and beauty. They all continually have the same goal: to help people relax, rejuvenate, relieve stress, improve self worth and look their absolute best. Nowadays, men are becoming more open-minded to the whole spa experience. They are appreciating how beneficial spa treatments can be and recognizing the importance of investing in their own health. Spas are welcoming this rising trend by including the male perspective in their marketing strategies to help draw men through the door. Read on...

Tracey Anne Latkovic
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • The Well Hotel: What’s really behind the curtain?
  • Wellness is seemingly everywhere. Our shampoo comes from the corner of healthy and happy; our workstations allow for standing, sitting, and walking; fast food joints are now in the healthy choices game; and even our margaritas’ are skinny. The proliferation of health and wellness opportunities that have been thrust into our lives in the last few years have most of us wondering which end is up. Remember the 90’s? The low-fat, no fat, low-calorie, no calorie craze had our heads spinning and guess what? We ended up fatter than ever. We need to look beyond the hype to discover what’s best for our well-being. Read on...

Mia Kyricos
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • How to Make Your Hotel Stand Out in the Crowded Wellness Space
  • Remember back in the day when the possibility of a hotel with a pool was enough to get customers excited about a pending stay? Fitness centers became the next “it” thing, followed by spas, which often began as “after thoughts,” thanks to a little extra basement space left on the construction drawings. Then for those hoteliers savvy enough to understand the appeal, spas were marketed as amenities, begrudgingly accepted as cost centers and widely misunderstood operationally. But guests sure did enjoy a good massage. My, have things changed. Or have they? Read on...

Ann Brown
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Targeting Overall Wellness: How to Provide Products and Services That Offer More
  • The spa industry is constantly changing. Keeping up with evolving client mindsets, and of course, trends in the marketplace can be a challenge for any business. And to top it off hotel spas have to be flexible enough to incorporate changes into every part of the business - hospitality, spa and fitness, dining - it all has to come together perfectly to make guests have an experience that will make them come back. Whether you are a hotel spa or day spa, implementing new products and services, while still maintaining the level of service guests have come to expect is key to success. Read on...

Deborah   Smith
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Mentorship, the Missing Link in Developing and Retaining Quality Managers
  • The global spa and wellness industry has made career wellbeing part of its mantra with the completion of the first-ever global mentoring pilot program. The idea was launched at the 2012 Global Spa & Wellness Summit in Aspen, Colorado, and has been spearheaded by a team of spa and wellness experts from around the world. Co-leaders of the Global Mentorship Pilot Program are Jean-Guy de Gabriac of the French training and consulting firm, Tip Touch International, and Deborah Smith of the Smith Club & Spa Specialists, a US-based wellness consultancy. Read on...

Michael Koethner
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • The Inherent and Urgent Desire for Healing
  • The time for the passionate and compassionate therapists and healers has arrived, and they are reshaping the wellness and spa enterprises around the globe, as all vanity treatments and superficial skin rubs no longer serve the requirements and demands of the future guest and client. The 80’s, 90’s and the early 00’s have bombarded the industry with plenty of fake make-up treatments and quick fix Botox schemes, bargaining on the false assumption that life ends in a matter of days or months. These centuries with the erratic and psychotic “Me-First” mentality has left most with emptiness, low self-esteem, frustration and disillusion. Read on...

Peter McAlpine
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • The Dilemmas and Opportunities Created for Hotel Groups by Energetic, Heart-Based Guest Experiences
  • The time will come when Corporate Offices have to accept that the SOP-Customer Satisfaction guest experience concept is obsolete, however much technology they embellish it with. The energetic guest experience will replace it because it fulfills the unspoken emotional needs and wishes of guests. Corporate Offices will inevitably reject or resist such a change, and because of this the hotel industry landscape will change radically in the future. The future belongs to independent hotels and small hotel groups, which ignore the Sirens of Tradition, and which create an energetic guest experience, Heart-Based Hospitality, which has no limits. Read on...

Michael Koethner
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Career Decision Versus Vocation
  • In the past 20 or more years, the striving for an attainable and visible goal, or a successful career, as we know it, has been in decline. Humanity is on the verge of a huge awakening and psychological advancement. As result of this paradigm shift there is great change of the traditional work environment and fundamental adjustments on the economic landscape. This shift has affected the lives of millions of people, families and companies around the world. More and more people ask themselves why they should do what they currently do and what would the benefit of their doing be if the products they produced and the service they have offered will be no longer useful, applicable or required, by tomorrow. For most people this circumstance conditional change has become a struggle for identity. Read on...

Bonnie Knutson
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Your Hotel’s Fab Fitness Five
  • I read somewhere that anyone can tell you to exercise more. But matching it to travelers’ lifestyles and making it fun forever is hard. That is both the challenge and opportunity for every hotel everywhere in 2014 and beyond. We all want to live longer and better. And with rising health care costs, more of the responsibility to do so falls on our individual shoulders. That’s why the media, the government, and business are admonishing us to eat healthier and exercise more. Hotels can be an integral partner in helping their guests maintain fitness as part of their traveling lifestyle. In this article, you’ll read about five fabulous fitness trends for your hotel which I call the Fab Fitness Five. Read on...

Michael Koethner
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • When the Body Says Stop!
  • As people are becoming aware of the new sense of consciousness, they are also in the process of discovering their bodily limits as well as their infiniteness; all pretty much at the same time. More and more people are inclined to step aside from old-fashioned and outdated systems, currently presented in all societies around the world. There is a very powerful shift happening around the world that unites likeminded people who are ready to establish a new system of collaboration and cooperation instead of the old system of competition that has separated humanity and created endless fights and wars. No one is better than the other; we are all unique. Read on...

Michael Koethner
  • Spas, Health & Wellness
  • Looking Inside to Explore the Stillness of What Is
  • Time-Out can be defined and made distinct as a voluntary or involuntary stand-still. Ideally it should be considered as a time to recuperate, heal, refocus and realign the physical, emotional and mental state. This can be applied to a single person, team, family or to a business per se. Looking at the current situation in the hospitality and wellness industry it would be very advisable and most beneficial to everyone involved, to voluntarily go into a dedicated Time-Out, an internal and external Detoxification. In the past few years the industry has been thinking and operating with the wrong fuel. It has damaged its engine. Deep scars are now surfacing. Read on...

SEPTEMBER: Hotel Group Meetings: Blue Skies Ahead

Jay Spurr

Meeting planners have more than enough to think about when it comes to searching for the perfect venue – and eco-consciousness is increasingly making its way top of mind for many. It is currently estimated that the average hotel guest generates 2.2 pounds of waste each night of their stay. And, with the meetings and event industry recently being deemed as the second most wasteful sector in the United States by the EPA, we at JW Marriott Austin knew we had to go above and beyond to deliver more efficient meetings and events with the lowest possible carbon footprint. Read on...

Del Robinette

Engagement and commitment are at the core of our professional lives in a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week operation. No matter the size or complexity of the box, engagement and our commitments should be a core fundamental that not only surfaces in our every interaction, but guides and directs our proactive decision making and our strategies and executions. Hospitality 101 teaches us as hospitality professionals, to engage with our guests, to make eye contact at 10 feet, to speak within 5, to escort when possible and to use our guests name in conversation. Read on...

Katie  Davis

I had a bit of an “out of body” experience recently. I was attending a corporate meeting, which was held in a hotel meeting room. As usual, I was multi-tasking for most of the meeting. Doing my best to remain engaged with the meeting content, while simultaneously managing an ever-growing email inbox and “To Do” list. During a break, I was pacing outside the meeting room, on the phone with my office, when I noticed some snacks and beverages set-up adjacent to the meeting room entrance. Read on...

Deirdre Martin Yack

Meeting planning in today’s world is more complex than ever. Whether you’re a planner or a supplier, our jobs are now 24/7. We are dealing with shorter lead times than ever, tighter budgets (on both sides), and expectations based on the perfection projected by social media and reality TV. Our job is no longer simply about dates, space, rate – we now need to compete at a world-class level on a daily basis. As a supplier, it takes extreme creativity at the venue level. Starting with the initial design, event space must be as flexible, innovative and as Instagram-worthy as possible. Read on...

Coming Up In The October Online Hotel Business Review

Feature Focus
Revenue Management: Technology and Big Data
Like most businesses, hotels are relying on technology and data to drive almost every area of their operations, but perhaps this is especially true for hotel Revenue Managers. There has been an explosion of technology tools which generate a mountain of data – all in an effort to generate profitable pricing strategies. It falls to Revenue Managers to determine which tools best support their operations and then to integrate them efficiently into their existing systems. Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, and Online Reputation Management software are basic tools; others include channel managers, benchmark reports, rate shopping tools and review systems, to name a few. The benefits of technology tools which automate large segments of a Revenue Manager’s business are enormous. Freed from the time-consuming process of manual data entry, and having more accurate data available, allows Revenue Managers to focus on analysis, strategies and longer-term decision-making. Still, for most hotels, the amount of data that these tools generate can be overwhelming and so another challenge is to figure out how to effectively utilize it. Not surprisingly, there are some new tech tools that can help to do exactly that. There are cloud-based analytics tools that provide a comprehensive overview of hotel data on powerful, intuitive dashboards. The goal is to generate a clear picture, at any moment in time, of where your hotel is at in terms of the essentials – from benchmarking to pricing to performance – bringing all the disparate streams of data into one collated dashboard. Another goal is to eliminate any data discrepancies between finance systems, PMS, CRM and forecasting systems. The October issue of the Hotel Business Review will address all these important developments and document how some leading hotels are executing their revenue management strategies.