Editorial Board

Ms. Minton

Melinda Minton

Executive Director, SPAA

Melinda Minton, a spa, wellness, salon consultant and health and beauty expert, is a past spa owner, certified massage therapist, esthetician and cosmetologist. Ms. Minton has formal training in business, marketing and digital media. Ms. Minton has consulted on spa management issues, product formulations, spa profitability and strategy among sundry other projects. Ms. Minton has worked on hundreds of projects involving everything from spa start-ups to launching marketing programs for Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Minton is the founder of The Spa Association (SPAA), a world-class organization dedicated to enriching the professional beauty industry through self-regulation, education and sound business practices. Ms. Minton is also a member of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). In 2006, Ms. Minton was appointed to the United States Business Advisory Council (BAC) representing small business interest and was named Colorado Business Women of the Year by the Presidential Commission of the Bush administration. Ms. Minton founded and launched Reed Elsevier’s Spa and Resort and co-located Medical Spa conferences now in Miami, New York City and Los Angeles. She has also organized the International Fitness Show, Club Industry spa track events for Primedia for many years. She has written countless consumer and trade publications. Featured in consecutive year in Entrepreneur magazine, Ms. Minton serves as an expert resource for such publications as Better Homes and Gardens, Shape, First for Women, In Style, and Alternative Medicine magazines and is on the Board of Directors for Healing Retreats and Spas and Hotel Executive magazines. Clients have included: Roche, Teledyne Waterpik, Sandals and Beaches, Borghese, Avon, Disney and W hotels. Please visit http://www.spaassociation.com for more information.

Ms. Minton can be contacted at 970-682-6045 or melinda@spaminton.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.