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Mr. Savic

Veljko Savic

Spa Director, Coronado Island Marriott

With more than a decade of experience working in high-end spas, Veljko Savic brings special expertise in holistic treatments including aromatherapy, bio-energy and psychokinesiology, and has led award-winning programs at spas throughout the world, including the Coronado Island Marriott, Hotel Del Coronado, Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton brands. Mr. Savic has also served as a member of the Marriott International Spa Advisory Council.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, health and wellness have been dominant forces in Mr. Savic's life since childhood, from his earliest memories mixing face creams in his mother's pharmacy, to the hours spent honing his fitness for Serbia's junior national water polo team, his passion for the workings of the mind and body led him to seven years of study in physiotherapy.

Mr. Savic spent the next few years working as a therapist in spas and aboard cruise ships, using hands-on techniques to improve people's wellness and soaking up the regional spa trends of America, Europe, the Caribbean and the Baltic states. His luxury spa expertise, therapist background, hands-on approach to leadership and passion for spa has led his teams to win industry recognition awards, including the 2012 CondeNast Readers' Choice Award and the 2009 Best Signature Treatment Spa Asia Award.

Currently, Mr. Savic oversees The Spa at Coronado Island. The spa's holistic approach to wellness focuses just as much on healing therapy as indulgent services, and includes 3,500 square feet of indoor space and 2,000 square feet of outdoor space, featuring 10 treatment rooms, co-ed relaxation room, outdoor spa garden, men's and women's locker rooms with steam rooms, as well as a manicure and pedicure salon. Inspired by its seaside location, the new design captures true tranquility, comfort and relaxation through coastal hues, chic new spaces, luxurious rooms and conscious cuisine.

Please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sanci-coronado-island-marriott-resort-and-spa/ for more information.

Mr. Savic can be contacted at +1 619-522-3043 or Veljko.Savic@marriott.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.