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Ms. Harrison

Babs S. Harrison

Managing Director, Babs Harrison & Partners

Babs Harrison is managing director of Phoenix-based Babs Harrison and Partners, a boutique public relations/marketing consultancy for select luxury resorts, hotels, and spas. Harrison has 25 years of experience in hospitality and has worked with leading brands in the US and internationally .

She has worked extensively with resorts in India, Bali, Tanzania, Paris and also in Arizona. A particular focus has been wellness and spas (she wrote the Mii amo spa’s Journey of Taste cookbook). She also strives to walk the wellness talk and recommends likewise to all working in the field.

Before pursuing public relations and marketing for hotels and resorts, she covered food and travel for the Dallas Morning News and, earlier in her career, she was on staff at Dallas-Fort Worth Home & Garden Magazine. She also worked as director of communications at Enchantment Group in Arizona.

A hobby has long been reading top publications - Harrison recommends a minimum of a half hour daily - in the hunt for new ideas, new trends, and things to do and places to go. Her regular reading includes travel trades and also the New York Times as well as digital sites such as Well + Good. As she often insists to clients, it may be comfortable to live in a narrowly defined information bubble but that is not the road to prosperity. Think broadly and good things happen.

Don’t think she ignores social media, either. She is active on Twitter (@BabsSH) - her account dates back to 2009 and she has posted over 32,000 Tweets. Nowadays she puts more energy into Instagram (@BabsSH) and Facebook and tells all her clients they need to be active on social too. It is 2019.


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

Ms. Harrison can be contacted at 602-334-5350 or babs.s.harrison@gmail.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.