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Ms. Clarke

Jacqueline Clarke

Wellness Research Director, Diagonal Reports

Jacqueline Clarke specialises in global wellness market intelligence. Her particular focus is the de-medicalisation of healthcare and the medicalisation of beauty and the new market that is taking shape. She tracks market developments and changes in consumer behaviour worldwide to determine demand for solutions (products, devices and services). She finds out what is really happening in the market-place and obtains the latest data by working closely with sector experts - through discussions and interviews in their place-of-work. This valuable intelligence is then analysed and coded in-house by Ms. Clarke and her team. Diagonal Reports tracks wellness and the leading wellness providers worldwide. Experts routinely tapped in research projects include beauty farms, thermal spas, day spas, resort spas along with product formulators, device manufacturers, retailers, cosmetologists, aestheticians, therapists and spa managers. Geographies covered include Asia, Americas, Europe, Middle-East and sub-Saharan Africa. Recent areas of research for Ms. Clarke include the updating of wellness and "spa" traditions; the scaling of new service concepts in the personal care channel; analysing how technological and product innovations, including apps, shape new personal care regimes — particularly in the key category of skincare, but also in body shaping; the impact of medicalisation on consumers' beauty demands, and buying criteria; the impacts of the ongoing consumer shift towards de-medicalised healthcare and the management of healthcare conditions (such as pain, stress, etc) Ms. Clarke has worked with some of the largest players in these sectors in Europe, US and Japan, and conducts workshops and presentations for clients in US, Asia and Europe. Before joining Diagonal Reports, she taught in universities in Connecticut and Texas (USA). She holds an MA (from UNC-CH., USA), and BA (Hons.) from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

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

Ms. Clarke can be contacted at 353469549027 or dreditor@eircom.net

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.