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Ms. Way

Claire Way

Managing Director, Spa Strategy

Claire Way joined Spa Strategy in 2006 to manage our UK office, and has over 25 years experience in the spa industry and a career that spans several continents. As managing director, Ms. Way leads Spa Strategy's extensive work in development & construction, strategic planning and management for hotel spa and wellness facilities. Founded in 2002 on a quest to find the sweet spot between innovation, luxury and profitability in spa; Spa Strategy has since developed into one of the most sought-after international consultancies in its field. Nurtured by spa industry visionaries Richard Dusseau and Elaine Fenard, the company's success was founded on sound principles: building a deep understanding of client and guest, and always involving the 'right people'. The core team they assembled works together to this day.

Prior to joining Spa Strategy Ms. Way worked with international hotel group Per Aquum Resorts & Spas, launching its spa division from the ground up in record time. As Group Director of Operations & Development, she was responsible for brand development, operations, design and business strategy of all spas. The Collection focused on delivering innovative design and concept, most noted is the world's first underwater spa, which is credited to her.

At the prestigious Chiva-Som International Health Resort, Ms. Way was Spa Director responsible for setting new standards in training, marketing initiatives, maximizing the top and bottom line revenue and in developing new spa facilities. During her tenure at Chiva-Som International Health Resort, the resort won the Conde nast readers award for destination spa of the year, and under her leadership at Per Aquum Spa Collection the team won two Spa Asia Crystal awards, "Best Spa in the Maldives" and "Editor's Choice".

Please visit http://www.spastrategy.net for more information.

Ms. Way can be contacted at 44-0-796-968-6644 or claire@spastrategy.net

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.