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Mr. Tompkins

Michael G. Tompkins

Executive Recruiter, Hutchinson Consulting

A visionary leader in the luxury hospitality, wellness, and spa industries, Michael G. Tompkins has led celebrated brands to success for more than two decades. He transitioned from healthcare to hospitality with Canyon Ranch Health Resorts as part of their executive management team. Then as Vice President of Hotels and Spas for Turning Stone Resort and Casino, he led their team to be the first property in US history east of the Mississippi to have two Four Diamond AAA Hotels, garnering Best New US Spa for Skana Spa and earning New York State Hospitality Association's Hotel Executive of the Year. From there he helped reposition Miraval Resorts in Tucson, AZ starting as General Manager then promoted to President/ CEO of Miraval Resorts. During his seven-year tenure at Miraval, Mr. Tompkins led the brand to an unprecedented 46 industry awards in one year, building one of the most successful hotel real estate projects in the country, the Villas at Miraval, and creating strategic partnerships with National Geographic, Dr. Andrew Weil Integrative Wellness Center, and the Miraval Life in Balance Spa with Clarins.

After assisting in the successful majority sale of the Miraval brand, Mr. Tompkins repositioned Hilton Head Health in 2014 and 2015 building Indigo Spa, 2015's Best New US Spa. He is a former Board member of the University of Arizona Science Dept., a Founding Board member of the New York State Spa Promotion Alliance, and Immediate Past Chairman of the International Spa Association where he has served on its board for seven years.

Currently a partner with St. Louis based Hutchinson Consulting, he helps build leading teams for luxury hospitality and spa brands.  He is author or contributing author to five books on health and wellness and is a sought after global keynote speaker.

 


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

Mr. Tompkins can be contacted at 707-935-9760 or michael@hutchinsonconsulting.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.