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Ms. Kyricos

Mia Kyricos

Founder and President , Kyricos & Associates, LLC

Mia Kyricos is president and founder of Kyricos & Associates, LLC, a boutique advisory firm providing strategic guidance to wellness-driven hospitality, tourism and lifestyle companies. Most recently, Ms. Kyricos was Chief Brand Officer of Spafinder Wellness, Inc.®, the world's largest marketing, gifting and incentives company for the wellness industry, where she created the company's core “Wellness 365™” brand philosophy offering expertise across (8) categories of wellness (Fitness, Nutrition, Healing, Mindset, Beauty, Play, Caring and Relationships) and founded the global Wellness Travel Awards program. She also served as the company's spokesperson and oversaw marketing, advertising, strategic partnerships, communications and research, including its well-known State of Wellness Travel and Global Spa and Wellness Trend Forecasts. Previously Ms. Kyricos was vice president of Core Performance, the workplace wellness division of EXOS, where she directed company operations and related deployments on the campuses of Fortune 500 clients. She also served as director of global spa brands for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide where she created (6) international spa brands for the corporation's Le Meridien, Sheraton, St. Regis, Westin, W and Luxury Collection hotel brands, and oversaw the Starwood Spa Collection marketing program, inclusive of 60 premier hotel/resort spas across 26 countries. With over 20 years of experience including work for other lifestyle brands including Canyon Ranch Health Resorts and Exhale Mind Body Spas, Ms. Kyricos is a globally-respected business leader and wellness travel and lifestyle expert. She is a frequent speaker and contributing writer to hospitality, tourism and wellness-related publications and associations worldwide. Her work and expertise has been featured in popular business and trade publications including The New York Times, CNN, Smart Money, The Skift Report, Real Simple, Hotel Business, Travel Weekly, Lodging, Spa Business, Spa China, Market Watch, Healing Arts and more. Ms. Kyricos holds a Masters of Management in Hospitality Administration (MMH) from Cornell University, and a Bachelor's Degree (BA) in International Relations from Wheaton College. She sits on the Boards of the Global Wellness Summit (GWS) and the University of California Irvine (UCI) Spa Management & Hospitality Certificate Program, is Chair of the Wellness Communities Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute (GWI) and serves as a US Ambassador for Global Wellness Day.

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

Ms. Kyricos can be contacted at 207-200-3683 or mia@kyricos.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.