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Ms. Jackson

Judith Jackson

Founder, Judith Jackson, Inc.

Judith Jackson is author, lecturer, product and spa developer, certified aromatherapist and licensed massage therapist. She founded Judith Jackson, Inc. after discovering the profound benefits of aromatherapy during a business trip to London 30 years ago.

Ms. Jackson changed her career in marketing and communications and returned to London to study the art and science of aromatherapy. After receiving a certificate in aromatherapy treatment and formulation, she returned to the United States and founded Judith Jackson, Inc. and began to create, manufacture, sell and teach aromatherapy.

Ms. Jackson wrote the first American book on Aromatherapy, "Scentual Touch, A Personal Guide to Aromatherapy", which has been published worldwide in eight languages. Her line of aromatherapy products were the first in major American spas and they received coverage from magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country and Elle.

Ms. Jackson's prior career in fashion and beauty proved very useful to product development, marketing and communicating the benefits of Judith Jackson Aromatherapy. This phase of her career included positions as Publicity and Fashion Director for Bonwit Teller, Vice President Publicity and Feature Events Director for Bloomingdale's (all stores), Vice President and Account Supervisor U.S and Europe for Burson Marsteller, and Vice President and Brand Manager, Product Development and Branding for Revlon.

Fifteen years ago, Ms. Jackson added hotel amenities to her company's offerings when Marietta Corporation licensed Judith Jackson Spa bath and body products and placed them on Radisson Seven Seas 5-star cruise ships. Ms. Jackson was also asked to create and run spas and salons on the ships featuring her treatments, and beauty services. This led to establishing the Judith Jackson Aromatherapy Spa in Westport, CT. During this period Ms. Jackson also wrote "The Magic of Well Being, a Sensory Program for Self Development," published by DK in the U.S and Europe.

For the past five years the Judith Jackson Spa line of amenities has been made and distributed to fine hotels and resorts by the Hunter Amenities Corporation of Canada. Judith Jackson Spa amenities are also sold in retail sizes by Target and on her own web site, along with the classic Judith Jackson Aromatherapy.

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

Ms. Jackson can be contacted at 203-698-3011 or Judithjackson33@aol.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.