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Ms. Hercik

Cecilia Hercik

Founder & President, C-Spa Consulting

Cecilia Hercik brings over 25 years of experience in resort and day spa operations, both nationally and internationally, and has an extensive background in spa management and the hospitality industry. She has worked for companies such as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Aveda-Estee Lauder-Neill Corporation, Waldorf Astoria Resorts, WTS International, Miraval Destination Spa and Four Seasons Resorts.

A graduate of the Instituto Metropolitano of Lima, Peru and with studies from the Florida Community College of Jacksonville, Florida, Ms. Hercik is fluent in both English and Spanish. She is also certified by the Global College of Natural Medicine as a Nutritional Consultant.

Ms. Hercik started her career working in various management positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in different states and was with the company for twelve years, eventually becoming the first Executive Spa Director at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans. She then spent the next two years as the Corporate Spa Director for Aveda-Estee Lauder-Neill Corporation before returning back to resort spa operations as the Director of Spa Sales & Operations for Spa Grande at The Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort by Hilton.

At Spa Grande, Ms. Hercik was responsible for overseeing the 50,000 square foot spa facility with its 200 employees and was with the company for over seven years.

In September of 2011, she joined WTS International as the Regional Director of Spa Operations for Hawaii responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the award winning Kapalua Spa in Maui, a 45,000 square foot Destination Spa, and the Spa at Trump Waikiki Hotel of Oahu, a luxurious Boutique Spa.

Ms. Hercik then became Owner and Founder of C-SPA Consulting, a consulting and management firm, along with opening and operating her own day spa for a few years. She currently works at the Four Seasons Resorts Hualalai in the island of Hawaii as Director of Spa and Wellness.

Ms. Hercik is a member of the International Spa Association (ISPA) as well as the President for the Hawaii Spa Association (Hi-Spa). She is also a member of Maui's Hui Hoaloha, a dedicated group of successful women who represent a diverse cross section of the community and who continue to impact the lives of others through their philanthropy.

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

Ms. Hercik can be contacted at +1 808-870-4692 or cecilia@cspaconsulting.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.