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Mr. Collier

Cary Collier

Principal, Blu Spas, Inc.

Cary Collier, a native Texan with degrees in Marketing and Finance, has held positions as Managing Director, Director of Projects, or Spa Designer and Planner for spa projects around the world since 1984. He is concurrently principal of Blu Spas Inc. and principal of Collier & Collier Spas. While living in Hong Kong and Bali, Mr. Collier and his wife Kim founded Collier & Collier Spas in 1990 and are credited with pioneering the spa industry in Asia. As Blu Spas' principal designer, Mr. Collier has worked on over 250 spa projects in 25 countries planning, designing and managing spas for owners and developers of hospitality, residential, mixed-use, and retail projects, primarily start-ups or renovations for upscale hotels and resorts, ranging in size from 25 rooms to 3000 rooms. Mr. Collier was one of the founders of the ISPA (International Spa Association) Asia Pacific and served as Vice President on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board for Asian Spa Summits. He has been a speaker and panelist for Cornell University's spa conferences, Global Spa Summit, General Manager and Spa Director Conferences for Four Seasons and Marriott, and for ISPA conferences in the USA and Asia. Mr. Collier also served on Sanijet Corporation's Spa Industry Advisory Board. In design collaboration with Sanijet, the 'Cary Collier Collection' of luxury whirlpool spa baths was launched in 2006. In 2007, this collection was expanded to include spa loungers and treatment tables from Living Earth Crafts for spas, hotels and resorts. Mr. Collier contributed as an advisor for the publications Tropical Spas of Asia (1999) and 100 Best Spas in the World (2001) and has been featured in, or authored, contributed to numerous articles for spa, lifestyle, hospitality, design and travel magazine publications.

Mr. Collier can be contacted at 562-312-9722 or cary@bluspasinc.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.