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Dr. Tracey

Bruce Tracey

Professor of Management, Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration

Dr. Bruce Tracey is a Professor of Management at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. Since joining the faculty in 1992, he has taught courses in strategic and human resources management and leadership for undergraduate, graduate, executive, and online audiences throughout the world.

Dr. Tracey's research examines a wide range of topics, including factors that influence the effectiveness of training and development initiatives, the nature and roles of flexible HR systems, causes and costs of employee turnover, scale and measurement development, and HR implications for legal compliance. He has presented his work at numerous regional, national, and international conferences, and his research has been published in diverse outlets such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, the Journal of Management, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law.

Dr. Tracey's sponsors for research, consulting, and executive training include the American Hotel and Lodging Association, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, Marriott International, Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts, the Kessler Collection, Blue Hill Farm, Hillstone Restaurant Group, Uno Chicago Grill, among other companies, and he has been cited in USA Today, the New York Times, Fast Company, Powder Magazine, Times-Picayune/nola.com, Orlando Sentinel, wgbh.org, ehotelier.com, and other popular press and online outlets.

Dr. Tracey is also serving as a second-term Editor of the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, and is the Vice President for the International Network of Business and Management Journals, which promotes professional development for emerging scholars.

Please visit http://www.cornell.edu for more information.

Dr. Tracey can be contacted at 607-255-8555 or jbt6@cornell.edu

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program. Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. 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.