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Ms. Steinke

Gaye Steinke

General Manager, Allegria Spa at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Gaye Steinke is the General Manager of Allegria Spa at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. She also serves on the Leadership Committee of the Park Hyatt. Located in the heart of Beaver Creek, at the base of one of Colorado's most celebrated mountain resorts, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa provides guests unprecedented access to some of the best outdoor experiences all year round. Allegria Spa is an indulgent escape that provides soothing spa and body treatments - from massages to organic scrubs - that utilize the healing elements of Beaver Creek mountain to rejuvenate and replenish. Ms. Steinke is also involved in the concept, planning and development of spas and fitness centers for East West Partners including Allegria Spa (opened 1998), Spa Anjali at the Westin Riverfront (opened 2007), the Spa at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe (opened 2009), Moonlight Spa, Big Sky MT(opened 2002) . Prior to that she was General Manager of Aria Spa and Club in Vail, CO. She has traveled throughout the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia staying current on spa trends and best practices. Dedicated to sustainable efforts, Ms. Steinke was on the Board of the Green Spa Network 2013-2015 and has been a presenting speaker at the Green Spa Congress in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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

Ms. Steinke can be contacted at 970-949-1234 or gaye.steinke@hyatt.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.