Editorial Board   

Ms. Dickinson

Kristi Dickinson

General Manager, Canyon Ranch Woodside

Kristi Dickinson possesses more than two decades of luxury hospitality and wellness experience, including her current role as General Manager of Canyon Ranch Woodside, recently named "Best Wellness Retreat in California" by the World Spa & Wellness Awards.

Prior to joining Canyon Ranch, Ms. Dickinson held key executive positions at the Five-Star, Five Diamond Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa (North County San Diego, CA), 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).

As an executive board member for the Advanced Spa Therapy Education Certification Council (ASTECC) Ms. Dickinson passionately upholds the highest standards in wellness education.  She offers a wide-angle perspective with a background as a massage therapist, yoga instructor and operator.    

Ms. Dickinson is a WELL Accredited Professional, through the International WELL Building Institute, a Fitwel Ambassador through the Center for Active Design and a mentor for the Global Wellness Institute's mentorship program. She is passionate about creating transformative guest experiences, exemplifying and inspiring the wellness lifestyle in others and developing the future leaders of the hospitality and experience industry.

Ms. Dickinson has expertise creating exceptional guest experiences and lifelong relationships, developing world-class teams, concepting and innovation, science-based wellness programs and establishing authority in the marketplace.  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.

Her favorite wellness activities include hiking, meditation, cooking with friends, yoga and hydrotherapy.

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 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.