Editorial Board   

Ms. Dickinson

Kristi Dickinson

Director of Spa & Wellness, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Kristi Dickinson brings more than two decades of luxury hospitality experience, including her current role as the Director of Spa & Wellness at the Five-Star, Five Diamond Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa (North County San Diego, CA).

Rancho Valencia was hand selected by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the finest Five-Star hotels and spas in the world (2018) and was awarded the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award (2018), both for five consecutive years. The resort has also been ranked as the #1 resort in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2015) and was listed on Conde Nast Traveler's 2016 Reader's Choice Awards List.

Prior to joining Rancho Valencia, Ms. Dickinson held key executive positions at The Mayflower Inn & Spa (Washington, CT), Spa Montage at the Montage Deer Valley Resort (Park City, UT), and the Golden Door Spa at The Peaks Resort (Telluride, CO).

Ms. Dickinson has a very diverse background in the hospitality industry ranging from event production and VIP services to housekeeping and food and beverage. She currently serves as an executive board member for the Advanced Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC) and a mentor for the Global Wellness Institute's mentorship program.

Ms. Dickinson is a WELL Accredited Professional, through the International WELL Building Institute and a Fitwel Ambassador through the Center for Active Design. She is passionate about exemplifying and inspiring the wellness lifestyle in others and developing the future leaders of the hospitality and experience industry.

Ms. Dickinson has expertise in revenue management and profit generation, KPIs, benchmarking, financial analysis, menu engineering, concepting and innovation. She holds a Masters degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a B.A. in Marketing and Management from the University of Iowa.

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

Ms. Dickinson can be contacted at +1 858-759-6486 or kdickinson@ranchovalencia.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.