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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 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.