Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Hoheb

Camille Hoheb

Managing Director, Wellness Tourism Worldwide

Camille Hoheb is the President of Wellness Tourism Worldwide, a strategic consultancy specializing in development, strategic planning and partnerships. Assisting governments, businesses, and entrepreneurs to capitalize on the multi-billion wellness travel industry, Ms. Hoheb is a highly sought after strategic advisor, speaker, and thought leader. Founding Wellness Tourism Worldwide in recognition of the wide gap between quality-of-life, hospitality, tourism and sustainability, her clients include Thailand Tourism Authority, Korean Tourism Office, Sodexo, and IHG, ARIZONA Office of Tourism, Visit Estes Park, Discover Dominica Authority and others.

    Early on Ms. Hoheb helped shape the industry with trendspotting, reports, and public speaking engagements. Her work to advance well-being and economic growth through travel is prolific. Ms. Hoheb is the author of "The Guide to Selling Wellness Travel", which sold in 27 countries and is now available in a Spanish edition, “La Guia Para Vender Viajes de Salud y Bienestar.” She authored several reports including” “The Top 10 Wellness Travel Trends”, “U.S. Vacationers: Health, Happiness & Productivity” and “Wellness Travel: Shaping America's Health & Economy.” She is an accomplished speaker and workshop facilitator. As a topic expert, she has spoken at over 40 events in the Americas, Middle East, Asia and Europe presenting at ITB Berlin, the Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism, NTA Travel Exchange, ASTA Annual Conference and at the World Food Travel Conference to name a few. Ms. Hoheb developed Wellness Travel Academy - a suite of digital products and online continuing education program for travel agents, tour operators and suppliers.

    She is the editor of the Wellness Travel Journal, an online media and newsletter outlet providing news to both consumers and trade professionals and also is a freelance travel writer. Ms. Hoheb received multiple awards for tourism marketing excellence and was recognized as a “Trendsetter" by TravelAge West. She was recently honored as an “Outstanding Mentor in Travel and Tourism” by witti (an Association for International Women in Travel & Tourism.) Her career spans twenty+ years experience in healthy consumer lifestyle marketing.

    Please visit http://www.WellnessTourismWorldwide.com for more information.

    Ms. Hoheb can be contacted at 310-720-1755 or camille@wellnesstourismworldwide.com

    Coming up in March 2019...

    Human Resources: An Era of Transition

    Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.