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Ms. Way

Claire Way

Managing Director, Spa Strategy

Claire Way joined Spa Strategy in 2006 to manage our UK office, and has over 25 years experience in the spa industry and a career that spans several continents. As managing director, Ms. Way leads Spa Strategy's extensive work in development & construction, strategic planning and management for hotel spa and wellness facilities. Founded in 2002 on a quest to find the sweet spot between innovation, luxury and profitability in spa; Spa Strategy has since developed into one of the most sought-after international consultancies in its field. Nurtured by spa industry visionaries Richard Dusseau and Elaine Fenard, the company's success was founded on sound principles: building a deep understanding of client and guest, and always involving the 'right people'. The core team they assembled works together to this day.

Prior to joining Spa Strategy Ms. Way worked with international hotel group Per Aquum Resorts & Spas, launching its spa division from the ground up in record time. As Group Director of Operations & Development, she was responsible for brand development, operations, design and business strategy of all spas. The Collection focused on delivering innovative design and concept, most noted is the world's first underwater spa, which is credited to her.

At the prestigious Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Ms. Way was Spa Director responsible for setting new standards in training, marketing initiatives, maximizing the top and bottom line revenue and in developing new spa facilities. During her tenure at Chiva-Som International Health Resort, the resort won the Conde nast readers award for destination spa of the year, and under her leadership at Per Aquum Spa Collection the team won two Spa Asia Crystal awards, "Best Spa in the Maldives" and "Editor's Choice".

Please visit http://www.spastrategy.net for more information.

Ms. Way can be contacted at 44-0-796-968-6644 or claire@spastrategy.net

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.