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Mr. Koethner

Michael Koethner

Wellness & Healing Consultant, Michael Koethner

Michael Koethner is currently residing in Beijing and is in partnership with various international firms in various countries, such as US, Germany, Thailand, Slovakia, Africa, China to name a few. Emerging from the handicraft industry with exposure to wood-crafting, forge-craft, mechanical and electrical, Mr. Koethner eventually entered the hospitality industry with a further extensive move into the wellness/healing sector. Over the years he has accumulated extensive knowledge and understanding and is therefore very much able to merge many features of life with a very practical (hands-on) approach, based on his experience.

Mr. Koethner has worked, with and for various internationally and nationally renowned companies as well as for and with bespoke high-profile enterprises and private business owners. Mr. Koethner is now involved/engaged in projects ranging from investment, bespoke wellness retreat projects, deluxe private residential real estate projects, to name a few. He has been in China since 2006 and has gained a fairly good insight of the market, its possible future outlook and some foreseeable set-backs within a fast-growing environment.

Mr. Koethner is a graduate from the Heidelberg Hotel Management School in Germany, holding a Government and Heidelberg Chamber of Industry & Commerce accredited "Trade Masters" in International Hotel Kitchen Management, and a "TTT - Train The Trainer" Certificate accredited by the Berlin Chamber of Industry & Commerce. In addition to that, Mr. Koethner is also a graduate from the "ACNT - Australian College of Natural Therapies", in Sydney, Australia and holds 4 Diplomas (Sports-Injury Therapy, Aromatherapy, Remedial Massage and Remedial Therapies) and 1 Certificate Level 4 in Integrated Body-Work Therapies. Furthermore, he is a graduate from the "Border College of Natural Therapies" in Melbourne, Australia and holds a Certificate Level4 in Bowen Therapy.

At irregular intervals he is offering insights into some of the subjects that are currently on the rise or already been talked about. His purpose, when writing, is to create a certain level of awareness of what is happening subconsciously in the dominant masses of humanity and in each individual person and present a point of view that currently only a few consider as valuable, traceable and somewhat acceptable. He has previously contributed to the Hotel Executive Magazine and for "Spa China" a few years back.


Please visit http://www.1421consulting.com for more information.

Mr. Koethner can be contacted at +86 186-1224-5038 or mkoethner@yahoo.com.au

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.