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Ms. Fenard

Elaine Fenard

Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Europe and U.S., Spatality

Elaine Fenard, recognized as a spa industry visionary, Elaine became an integral partner in Spa Strategy in 2006, joining in the Spa Strategy quest to create innovative and profitable spas, Elaine brought to the team more than 25 years experience in spa development and operations with one of the world's largest hotel companies and the leading international spa operations company. As vice president of spa development and operations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts she oversaw spa development and operations for over 750 properties in more than 80 countries. She championed the Starwood Spa Collection, a group of 38 unique spas, in addition to overseeing the development of many successful individual spas under the Starwood umbrella. Elaine and her team designed several innovative concepts for Starwood, profitable templates for hotel owners and developers to follow from start to finish. At Steiner Leisure, Elaine held the position of senior vice president of operations and later directed development and operations for the highly successful Disney Magic and Wonder Vista spas. She also served as senior vice president of operations for Coiffeur Transocean (later acquired by Steiner Leisure), and was instrumental in the conception, development and operation of the first purposeĀ]built spa at sea in the 1980s. Elaine's vision for this project helped demonstrate the capital potential for spas in the cruise business and set the trend for future cruise ship spa construction. As an industry pioneer and recognized expert, Elaine is a frequent speaker at many conferences including the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin; International Spa Convention in London; Spa Resort Expo in New York City; New York Spa Symposium; Turning Point Global Spa Industry Conference in the Philippines and is a regular guest speaker at Cornell University. Spa Strategy is one of the world's leading spa consulting and design firms.

Ms. Fenard can be contacted at 303-573-8100 or Elaine@spastategy.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.