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Dr. Singer

Judy Singer

President & Co-Owner, Health Fitness Dynamics, Inc.

Judith L. Singer, Ed.D., ISHC, is the President, Co-Owner & Founder of Pompano Beach, Florida-based Health Fitness Dynamics, Inc. (HFD/HFD Spa). HFD is an internationally recognized and respected full-service spa consulting company that specializes in the planning, marketing and management support services of spas for fine hotels and resorts, day spas and mixed-use developments. In addition to being the consulting company to almost US$800 million of global spa ventures, HFD has been actively involved in conducting economic and consumer spa research and establishing industry benchmarks. HFD is unique in terms of its focus on creating spas that are viable business ventures. Since its inception in 1983, HFD has been the consulting firm to such renowned projects as The Omni Mount Washington Resort, The Umstead, The Allison, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, Banyan Tree Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Little Dix Bay, Four Seasons Hulalai, Four Season Biltmore, Four Seasons New York, Miraval, Malliouhana, Cranwell, Pinehurst, The Homestead, The Greenbrier, Bacara, Silverado, and agua at the Delano and The Sanderson. In HFD's 30 plus years as an international spa consulting/advisory company, its focus has always been on how to help investors, developers and operators create and operate marketable and profitable spas that are stand-alone businesses as well as assets to their "core" business of maximizing the hospitality and real estate venture. Dr. Singer is the past chairperson for The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (www.ISHC.com) and was on the ISPA Committee for the inaugural edition of the Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Spas. Dr. Singer speaks at numerous international hotel and investment conferences and is a guest lecturer at several hospitality schools.

Dr. Singer can be contacted at 954-942-0049 or judysinger@hfdspa.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.