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Ms. Mackman

Mia A. Mackman

President & Owner, Mackman ES

Mia Mackman, is the Principal and Founder of Mackman ES, a future-driven industry consultancy and Managing Director of Spa and Wellness Consulting in partnership with HVS. Mia leads the spa and wellness aspects of HVS consulting engagements, encompassing market and feasibility studies, strategic planning, valuation, and forecasting.

With over 23 years of industry experience, moving from operations to consulting in 2001. Ms. Mackman has predicted some of the leading shifts in the transition of the spa and wellness market since 2004. Known for her agility, leadership, and intuitive insight, she works with Fortune 500 companies, private clients, industry groups, and global networks. She is recognized for her unique ability to predict and identify future value propositions and how to navigate, adapt, and excel in a fast-changing market.

Based in Sedona, Arizona, Ms. Mackman is the founder and president of the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association. She is an Official Visiting Judge at the World Spa & Wellness Awards. These awards are one of the leading honors in the industry. They acknowledge the excellence of care, service, and standards, aiming to inspire spas around the world, and serving to raise global industry standards. She serves as a Global Wellness Day U.S.A. Ambassador and helps spread a global wellness message that has touched over 100 countries at more than 4,000 different locations.

Ms. Mackman contributes as an industry expert to international magazines, news organizations, business reports, and private club publications. She also participates in world academic studies, wellness tourism research and is a member of the Hotel Business Review Editorial Board for HotelExecutive. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her bike, hiking through the red rocks in Sedona and spending time with her two sons. She enjoys art, cooking, reading, travel and learning new things.

Please visit https://mackmanES.com for more information.

Ms. Mackman can be contacted at 928-284-8503 or mia@mackmanES.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.