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Ms. Gelfound

Wendi Gelfound

Director of Marketing, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

As a founding member of the Sunrise Springs launch team, Wendi Gelfound played a critical role in defining brand positioning and marketing strategies. With extensive experience in the health and wellness, spa and tourism sectors, Ms. Gelfound has been recognized internationally as an expert and innovator in destination marketing. In 2015, she had the honor of speaking on the Business of Hot Springs Panel at the Global Wellness Summit in Mexico City. And, in October of 2016 Ms. Gelfound was invited to present the "American Perspective" at the inaugural Global Thermal Think Tank in Bad Orb, Germany, and on the R(E)volution of Hot Springs Panel at the Global Wellness Summit in Tyrol, Austria. Ms. Gelfound has successfully led global marketing initiatives for several New Mexico-based resorts, most notably Sunrise Springs' sister property Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa for the last eleven years, and Taos' award-winning El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa. Ms. Gelfound was founder and vice president of the Taos Tourism Council, and at the state level, has been selected for a 2nd term as a North Central Region Board Member for the New Mexico Tourism Department. Ms. Gelfound's creative eye and extensive experience in branding and marketing strategies spans three decades. She was creative director for a marketing agency in Miami and owned a software and web development company in the early 1990s. To that foundation. Ms. Gelfound maintains a compelling interest in the leading edge of communications media. Ms. Gelfound attended Boston University, The Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is passionate about adventure travel, hiking, yoga…and the occasional bungee jump.

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

Ms. Gelfound can be contacted at 505-780-8145 or wendi.gelfound@sunrisesprings.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.