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Ms. Minton

Melinda Minton

Executive Director, SPAA

Melinda Minton, a spa, wellness, salon consultant and health and beauty expert, is a past spa owner, certified massage therapist, esthetician and cosmetologist. Ms. Minton has formal training in business, marketing and digital media. Ms. Minton has consulted on spa management issues, product formulations, spa profitability and strategy among sundry other projects. Ms. Minton has worked on hundreds of projects involving everything from spa start-ups to launching marketing programs for Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Minton is the founder of The Spa Association (SPAA), a world-class organization dedicated to enriching the professional beauty industry through self-regulation, education and sound business practices. Ms. Minton is also a member of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). In 2006, Ms. Minton was appointed to the United States Business Advisory Council (BAC) representing small business interest and was named Colorado Business Women of the Year by the Presidential Commission of the Bush administration. Ms. Minton founded and launched Reed Elsevier's Spa and Resort and co-located Medical Spa conferences now in Miami, New York City and Los Angeles. She has also organized the International Fitness Show, Club Industry spa track events for Primedia for many years. She has written countless consumer and trade publications. Featured in consecutive year in Entrepreneur magazine, Ms. Minton serves as an expert resource for such publications as Better Homes and Gardens, Shape, First for Women, In Style, and Alternative Medicine magazines and is on the Board of Directors for Healing Retreats and Spas and Hotel Executive magazines. Clients have included: Roche, Teledyne Waterpik, Sandals and Beaches, Borghese, Avon, Disney and W hotels.

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

Ms. Minton can be contacted at 970-682-6045 or melinda@spaminton.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.