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Ms. Griffin

Nancy Griffin

Founder, Contento Marketing

Nancy Griffin is a recognized leader in the spa industry. Known as a trendsetter in spa and wellness for more than 20 years, Ms. Griffin completed Graduate Management studies at the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, where she performed research for the International Spa Association. After graduating in 1995, she founded her first marketing firm, The Wellness Resource.

Ms. Griffin's specialty is the creation of marketing and networking platforms that bring together the fragmented spa industry. In 2000, she founded SpaTrade.com—the spa first online community. In 2007, she founded SpaExec, boutique regional trade events for spa executives. Questex Media Group acquired SpaTrade and SpaExec in August 2008. Ms. Griffin continued on as Executive Director of SpaTrade and SpaExec for 2 years. During that time she also directed the educational programs for the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conferences (IECSC). She currently manages the annual ISPA Media event in New York City, curating sponsors, journalists and influencers in travel, spa and beauty.

In October 2010, Ms. Griffin founded her current marketing and PR consulting firm, Contento Marketing. Contento has been helping brands successfully penetrate the spa market through creative marketing, PR and sales strategies. Uncovering an unmet need for retail support in spas, Contento has partnered with long-time client TouchAmerica on a new venture—BESPOKE Artful Retail Display Solutions.

A sought-after speaker, Ms. Griffin has spoken at dozens of industry events, including the ISPA Conference, Luxury Travel Expo, Professional Spa London and Cosmoprof Bologna.


Please visit http:\www.contentomarketing.com for more information.

Ms. Griffin can be contacted at 415-987-0012 or nancy@contentomarketing.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.