Editorial Board

Ms. McNees

Lynne McNees

President, International Spa Association

Lynne McNees is the President of the International SPA Association (ISPA). For nearly 20 years, McNees has led the global operations representing spas and resource partners. Headquartered in Lexington, Ky., Ms. McNees serves as ISPA’s official spokesperson and is frequently interviewed as a spa expert by major media outlets including The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Women’s Wear Daily, the Associated Press and numerous consumer and trade publications. Prior to her role with ISPA, Ms. McNees worked for several years in Washington, D.C. Her significant accomplishments in the nation’s capital included positions with WorldCupUSA, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, The President’s Commission on The White House Fellowships and the Office Presidential Personnel in The White House. Ms. McNees also served on the Bush/Quayle campaign and Presidential Inaugural teams. A native of Dallas, Texas, Ms. McNees currently serves on the Dallas Customer Advisory Board, Professional Beauty Federation Board and the Bank of the Bluegrass Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiological science.

Ms. McNees can be contacted at 859-425-5072 or lynne.mcnees@ispastaff.com

Coming up in January 2018...

Mobile Technology: Relentless Innovation

Technology has become a crucial component in attracting and retaining hotel guests, and the need to enhance a guest’s technology experience is driving a relentless pace of innovation. To meet and exceed guest expectations, 54% of hotels will spend more on technology in 2018, and mobile solutions in particular will top the list of capital investments. Many hotels are integrating mobile booking, mobile keys, mobile payments and mobile check-in into their operations. Other hotels are emphasizing the in-room experience, boosting bandwidth and upgrading flat screen TVs to more easily interface with guest mobile devices. And though not yet mainstream, there are many exciting technology developments on the near horizon. The Internet of Things (loT) is taking form in some places, and can be found in guest room control systems, voice activation systems, and in wearable sensors that can be used for access and payment options. Virtual reality headsets are available at some hotels so guests can enjoy virtual trips to exotic locations or if off-property, preview conference facilities and guest rooms. How long will it be before a hotel employs a fleet of robots for room service, or utilizes a hologram as a concierge, or installs gesture-controlled walls that feature interactive digital displays? Some hotels are already using augmented reality for translation services, or interactive wall maps, or even virtual décor. This pace of innovation is challenging property owners and brands to stay on top of the latest technology trends while still addressing current projects. The January Hotel Business Review will explore what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in the mobile technology space.