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Mr. Kwok

Linchi Kwok

Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management, Syracuse University

Linchi Kwok is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at Syracuse University (SU) in Syracuse, New York, where he developed and teaches several hospitality and management courses, such as Managing Service Organizations in Social Media, Hospitality Human Resource Management, Hotel and Resort Operations, and Leadership and Career Management. In 2011, Mr. Kwok was named a Kauffman Professor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at SU to support the university's initiatives in teaching and research excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation. Mr. Kwok's research interests include social media and its business applications, employee recruitment and selection, organizational behaviors, and hospitality management. His publications have appeared in the International Journal of Hospitality Management, Event Management, and Journal of Human Resources in Hospitality & Tourism. In 2010, Mr. Kwok received grant funding to support his research on social media, including the Harrah Hospitality Research Center Grant Award Program 2010 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Since 2008, Mr. Kwok has presented 20+ authored/co-authored papers in a variety of peer-reviewed conferences in hospitality, information studies, and managerial psychology. He is on the editorial board HOSTEUR™, an official publication of the I-CHRIE (International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education), and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for over five hospitality/social science journals and conferences. Mr. Kwok holds a Ph.D. degree in Hospitality Administration and a Master of Science degree in Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management from Texas Tech University. Mr. Kwok's professional portfolio also includes several years of managerial and hands-on experience in the hospitality industry in the U.S. and mainland China. In addition to his work as a professor and researcher, Mr. Kwok is a thought leader in the hospitality field, contributing to several professional blogs about hospitality trends and social media strategies. Mr. Kwok's perspectives on social media have been quoted in The New York Times and Voyager's World. Mr. Kwok is also an active member of the community and have conducted invited presentations on dinner etiquette and research methods.

Mr. Kwok can be contacted at 315-443-2162 or lkwok@syr.edu

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.