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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 852-2895-9288 or jmccarthy@mohg.com

    Coming up in January 2020...

    Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

    What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.