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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 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. 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.