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Ms. Mackman

Mia A. Mackman

President & Owner, Mackman ES

Mia Mackman, is the Principal and Founder of Mackman ES, a future-driven industry consultancy and Managing Director of Spa and Wellness Consulting in partnership with HVS. Mia leads the spa and wellness aspects of HVS consulting engagements, encompassing market and feasibility studies, strategic planning, valuation, and forecasting.

With over 23 years of industry experience, moving from operations to consulting in 2001. Ms. Mackman has predicted some of the leading shifts in the transition of the spa and wellness market since 2004. Known for her agility, leadership, and intuitive insight, she works with Fortune 500 companies, private clients, industry groups, and global networks. She is recognized for her unique ability to predict and identify future value propositions and how to navigate, adapt, and excel in a fast-changing market.

Based in Sedona, Arizona, Ms. Mackman is the founder and president of the Arizona Spa & Wellness Association. She is an Official Visiting Judge at the World Spa & Wellness Awards. These awards are one of the leading honors in the industry. They acknowledge the excellence of care, service, and standards, aiming to inspire spas around the world, and serving to raise global industry standards. She serves as a Global Wellness Day U.S.A. Ambassador and helps spread a global wellness message that has touched over 100 countries at more than 4,000 different locations.

Ms. Mackman contributes as an industry expert to international magazines, news organizations, business reports, and private club publications. She also participates in world academic studies, wellness tourism research and is a member of the Hotel Business Review Editorial Board for HotelExecutive. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her bike, hiking through the red rocks in Sedona and spending time with her two sons. She enjoys art, cooking, reading, travel and learning new things.

Please visit https://mackmanES.com for more information.

Ms. Mackman can be contacted at 928-284-8503 or mia@mackmanES.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.