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Mr. Puczko

Laszlo Puczko

Director of Industry Intelligence, Resources for Leisure Assets

Laszlo Puczko is the Group Managing Partner at RLA Resource for Leisure Assets. Mr. Puzcko has worked as a travel and tourism expert in the health, wellness, medical services and spa arena for over 20 years. Mr. Puczko founded The Tourism Observatory for Health, Wellness and Spa (2012), which serves as global intelligence for the health travel industry. Mr. Puczko has participated in more than a hundred projects in various fields: research, planning, product development, experience mapping and design, impact assessment and marketing. Mr. Puczko was the lead for the first ever Health Tourism Study for the UN World Tourism Organisation & European Travel Commission (out in Q3 2015). He was a lead consultant on the “Medical Tourism and Wellness Tourism: Where do Spas Fit?” study for the Global Spa Summit. Over the past years, Mr. Puczko has honed his expertise in product development, experience mapping and design, impact assessment and marketing. He graduated as an economist specialized in tourism in Budapest (Hungary) and following his interests in culture, arts and experiences, he also graduated from Art & Design Management of the Hungarian University of Applied Arts. Supporting his academic rigor in business and teaching Mr. Puczko completed his PhD in 2000. Mr. Puczko has become a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) in 2003. Between 2006 and 2014 he was the president of the Association of Tourism Consultants (Hungary) and was manager at KPMG Travel, Leisure and Tourism (Europe and Middle-East EA) between 2001 and 2004. Mr. Puczko is an internationally known and acknowledged expert. Mr. Puczko is a frequent presenter at international professional and academic conferences addressing such topics as performance benchmarks, competitive product development, the role of travel in well being and product conceptualization. Mr. Puczko is a trainer of marketing and product development at both location and destination levels. He is the (co-)author of numerous specialized books (e.g.: Health, Tourism and Hospitality: Spas, Wellness and Medical Travel or The Impacts of Tourism) and articles in professional journals. Please visit www.resourcesforleisureassets.com for more information.

Mr. Puczko can be contacted at 43-1-7172-8445 or laszlo@resourcesforleisureassets.com

Coming up in July 2018...

Hotel Spa: Oasis Unplugged

The driving force in current hotel spa trends is the effort to manage unprecedented levels of stress experienced by their clients. Feeling increasingly overwhelmed by demanding careers and technology overload, people are craving places where they can go to momentarily escape the rigors of their daily lives. As a result, spas are positioning themselves as oases of unplugged human connection, where mindfulness and contemplation activities are becoming increasingly important. One leading hotel spa offers their clients the option to experience their treatments in total silence - no music, no talking, and no advice from the therapist - just pure unadulterated silence. Another leading hotel spa is working with a reputable medical clinic to develop a “digital detox” initiative, in which clients will be encouraged to unplug from their devices and engage in mindfulness activities to alleviate the stresses of excessive technology use. Similarly, other spas are counseling clients to resist allowing technology to monopolize their lives, and to engage in meditation and gratitude exercises in its place. The goal is to provide clients with a warm, inviting and tranquil sanctuary from the outside world, in addition to also providing genuine solutions for better sleep, proper nutrition, stress management and natural self-care. To accomplish this, some spas are incorporating a variety of new approaches - cryotherapy, Himalayan salt therapy and ayurveda treatments are becoming increasingly popular. Other spas are growing their own herbs and performing their treatments in lush outdoor gardens. Some spa therapists are being trained to assess a client's individual movement patterns to determine the most beneficial treatment specifically for them. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.