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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.


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

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.