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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 August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.