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Mr. Torbet

Peter Torbet

Director, Product Inovation, Acentic

Peter Torbet has been with Acentic (www.acentic.com) since he graduated with an Honours Degree in Product Design from De Montfort University, which included a placement at Aston Martin. On graduating, Peter joined Granada Business Technology to head up the design team, overseeing the Hospitality Industry's first use of a full screen UI, evolving into the industry's first animated Flash User Interface. Peter's remit moved from a UK-centric footprint to worldwide in 2003 on the formation of Acentic, where he headed up the European Design Studio. With his enthusiastic nature and visionary concepts, Peter soon found himself becoming lead presenter at client presentations to key accounts including Hilton, Starwood, Accor, Marriott, IHG and subsequently industry events. During this time, Peter's role expanded from that of not only the UI, but the wider guest experience and in turn the technology to deliver that experience. In his role as Director, Product Innovation, Peter enjoys looking at products from a creative technologist perspective, identifying opportunities, defining and taking product specification and development from proof of concept stage through to market. Peter works very closely across all disciplines within Acentic, from Operations, Product Management and R&D, through to Sales. An advisor to the Executive Board of Acentic, Peter's global remit sees him travelling the world to support all key territories including Asia, the US and EMEA. Please visit http://acentic.com/ for more information.

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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.