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Mr. Kelly

Shane Kelly

Spa Director, JW Marriott San Antonio

Shane Kelly is the Director of Spa at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. Mr. Kelly's hospitality, operations and spa experience has led him all over the United States and Central America, working in large hotels in Las Vegas to luxury remote destinations to smaller urban spas in the heart of the city.

Mr. Kelly began his nearly 25-year hospitality career working as a Pool Attendant at the Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Soon after, he transitioned to Spa and never looked back. He became an Assistant Manager of the spa and opened a new property at The Beau Rivage Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. Missing the bright lights of Vegas, he returned to the Bellagio and with hard work and perseverance, became Spa Manager.

Seeking his next career advancement opportunity, Mr. Kelly joined the Four Seasons Hotel in Las Vegas as a Spa Director. His passion to learn more about other cultures took him to Hawaii, where he became the Director of Spa Operations for the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa. After Hawaii, he took a big jump and moved to Costa Rica, securing a position as the Director of Spa for the Four Seasons Costa Rica in Guanacaste.

Mr. Kelly returned to the United States to live in Chicago, where he gained experience in an urban environment as the Director of Spa Operations at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago before moving to San Antonio in his current position.

Mr. Kelly obtained his B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from Ashford University.

Please visit http://www.marriott.com/satjw for more information.

Mr. Kelly can be contacted at +1 210-491-5830 or Shane.Kelly@Marriott.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.