Editorial Board

Ms. Jackson

Judith Jackson

Founder, Judith Jackson, Inc.

Judith Jackson is author, lecturer, product and spa developer, certified aromatherapist and licensed massage therapist. She founded Judith Jackson, Inc. after discovering the profound benefits of aromatherapy during a business trip to London 30 years ago. Ms. Jackson changed her career in marketing and communications and returned to London to study the art and science of aromatherapy. After receiving a certificate in aromatherapy treatment and formulation, she returned to the United States and founded Judith Jackson, Inc. and began to create, manufacture, sell and teach aromatherapy. Ms. Jackson wrote the first American book on Aromatherapy, "Scentual Touch, A Personal Guide to Aromatherapy", which has been published worldwide in eight languages. Her line of aromatherapy products were the first in major American spas and they received coverage from magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country and Elle. Ms. Jackson’s prior career in fashion and beauty proved very useful to product development, marketing and communicating the benefits of Judith Jackson Aromatherapy. This phase of her career included positions as Publicity and Fashion Director for Bonwit Teller, Vice President Publicity and Feature Events Director for Bloomingdale’s (all stores), Vice President and Account Supervisor U.S and Europe for Burson Marsteller, and Vice President and Brand Manager, Product Development and Branding for Revlon. Fifteen years ago, Ms. Jackson added hotel amenities to her company’s offerings when Marietta Corporation licensed Judith Jackson Spa bath and body products and placed them on Radisson Seven Seas 5-star cruise ships. Ms. Jackson was also asked to create and run spas and salons on the ships featuring her treatments, and beauty services. This led to establishing the Judith Jackson Aromatherapy Spa in Westport, CT. During this period Ms. Jackson also wrote "The Magic of Well Being, a Sensory Program for Self Development, " published by DK in the U.S and Europe. For the past five years the Judith Jackson Spa line of amenities has been made and distributed to fine hotels and resorts by the Hunter Amenities Corporation of Canada. Judith Jackson Spa amenities are also sold in retail sizes by Target and on her own web site, along with the classic Judith Jackson Aromatherapy. Please visit http://www.judithjackson.com for more information.

Ms. Jackson can be contacted at 203-698-3011 or Judithjackson33@aol.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.