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Mr. Tang

Oliver Tang

Analyst, Horwath HTL

Oliver Tang is a recent graduate of Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration with a Bachelor's degree in Hotel Administration and a minor in Real Estate. He joined Horwath HTL as an intern in January 2015 and returned as an analyst in July 2016. Mr. Tang has various work experience in the hospitality industry, including operations, market analysis, asset management and feasibility studies. A native of China, Mr. Tang is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and English. He first started his career as a front desk agent at Brahmaputra Grand Hotel in Lhasa, Tibet. He then became the assistant front office manager, overseeing the operation of the department. During his time at Cornell, Mr. Tang gained extensive internship experiences, including the Sales and Marketing Department at Yufu Hot Spring Resort in Chengdu, the Sales Department at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, and the Finance and Accounting Department at St. Regis in San Francisco. He also interned with the hotel advisory and overseas investment teams at Jones Lang LaSalle in Beijing, where he helped with a number of development feasibility studies and an overseas hotel acquisition. Mr. Tang holds CHIA and REFM level 3 certifications. At school, he worked as a teaching assistant for Hotel Development & Planning and Marketing Principles. In addition, Oliver is the co-founder of AH&LA Cornell Student Chapter and served as the chief editor of Global China Focus, a student-run publication. Please visit http://www.horwathhtl.us for more information.

Mr. Tang can be contacted at 607-379-9873 or otang@horwathHTL.com

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.