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Ms. Mestre

Diana Mestre

Founder, Mestre & Mestre Spa & Wellness Consulting

Diana F. Mestre is a respected leader and visionary in the wellness industry. Ms. Mestre offers more than 35 years of experience in the development of Spa and Wellness projects, integrating wellness design, and spa programs through her company Mestre & Mestre Spa & Wellness Consulting.

Ms. Mestre's portfolio of wellness healing spaces includes 60 world class Spas with prestigious hospitality companies such as: Auberge, Velas Resorts, Palace Resorts, Le Blanc, Ritz Carlton, 1 Hotels Los Cabos, Chable La Paz, Hyatt Ziva-Zilara, J.W. Marriott & Westin Monterrey and Hard Rock. Several of her Spa projects have been recognized by Virtuoso, Forbes, Five Diamond, World Luxury Spas and Conde Nast Johannessen and received the World Spa & Wellness Award "Resort Spa of the Year North & South America 2019 for Grand Velas Riviera Maya".

Ms. Mestre is a member of the consulting initiative task force for GWI, she graduated from CSU with a SCL Bachelors in Pre-Med Biology and a MS in Physiology of Exercise. She also earned a diploma in Quality and Global Competitiveness from UCSD.

Ms. Mestre has been a guest speaker in numerous conferences for the Mexican Ministry of Tourism and one of the main speakers at the GWS in Mexico and Aspen Colorado, for the Innovation through Indigenous Inspiration & The Pre-Hispanic Temazcal. She has also taught several Spa Management courses organized by the University of Monterrey.

Ms. Mestre's vision is to create and design genuine signature experiences with a sense of place, rooted in cultural themes while implementing world standards of excellence for the Spa Industry in Mexico & Latin America.

Please visit http://www.mestre-spa-mestre.com for more information.

Ms. Mestre can be contacted at +52 551-798-2567 or info@mestre-spa-mestre.com

Coming up in April 2020...

Guest Service: First Impressions Matter

Hotels spend large amounts of money on marketing their operation and brand, but sometimes they fail to remember that guest service is the lifeblood of their business. It is outstanding guest service that allows a hotel to create an amazing and lasting impression, one that will remain with guests far beyond the duration of their stay. In pre-internet days, first impressions were formed the moment a guest walked through a hotel's front door. These days, first impressions are created long before a guest arrives at a hotel property. They begin when a customer visits a hotel's website or social media pages for the first time. When a guest connects with a property online, they immediately form an opinion of the hotel. First impressions matter and because of that, a hotel website should be mobile-friendly with blistering fast speed; it should be graphically appealing; and it should provide visual representation of the kind of experience a guest can expect. It is also vital to engage the customer; to actively solicit and respond to guest feedback. When a hotel personally engages with someone, it is demonstrating to other customers that guest opinions matter, and that management is willing to go the extra mile to provide superior guest service. Similarly, when a hotel sends out personalized emails with satisfaction surveys attached, it demonstrates that management values guest feedback, so that service can be improved at every level. Additionally, social media messages can be sent out prior to a guest's arrival to learn more about them, so their visit can be personalized. It's the small touches and details that are most remembered and appreciated. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine what some leading hotels are doing to cultivate excellent guest service in their operations.