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Mr. McCarthy

Jeremy McCarthy

Group Director of Spa & Wellness, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Based in Hong Kong, Jeremy McCarthy is the Group Director of Spa & Wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group where he leads and manages the global activities of their internationally acclaimed luxury spa division. He is a well-known and respected spa professional with over twenty-five years of luxury and diversified hotel, spa and leisure services experience.

    Mr. McCarthy has served several years on the board of the International Spa Association (formerly Vice Chair) and currently chairs the Digital Wellness Initiative of the Global Wellness Institute. He is a regular speaker and writer for industry events and publications and teaches courses on Positive Leadership and Spa Operations.

    Prior to working with Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Mr. McCarthy was the Director of Spa Development and Operations for Starwood Hotels and Resorts where he was responsible for expanding the company's spa division, growing the brand and providing conceptual design advice and project management for new spas. From 1989 to 2006, Mr McCarthy held a number of senior appointments with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

    With Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Mr. McCarthy has been leading some of the most advanced facilities and treatment programs available to spa-goers today, including signature holistic treatments, award-winning spa design and an acclaimed signature spa line. In recent years, Mandarin Oriental has been on the cutting edge of new treatments, retreats and programs focused on mindfulness and digital disconnection.

    Mr. McCarthy holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of a book on The Psychology of Spas & Wellbeing and a well-respected blog on The Psychology of Wellbeing.

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

    Mr. McCarthy can be contacted at 85228959288 or jmccarthy@mohg.com

    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.