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Ms. Carlen

Jill Carlen

Global Director of Spa Brands, Hilton Hotels & Resorts

Jill Carlen is the Global Director of Spa Brands at Hilton Hotels and Resorts overseeing the spa concepts and strategies for all Hilton brands including Hilton, Embassy Suites, Doubletree, Conrad, Tapestry, the iconic Waldorf Astoria and the newest hotel brand, Signia Hilton.

Having spent almost two decades in the Spa and Hospitality industry, Ms. Carlen now applies her operations experience with her creativity and passion for wellness to provide hotel guests with the most innovative and exceptional experiences.

As an exchange student in high school, Ms. Carlen lived near a lavender farm in France. It was during this time where she learned about the healing properties of lavender, marking the beginning of a lifelong passion for wellness. Ms. Carlen would move to New York City later in life, where her love of everything spa led her to work in some the city's most renowned Spas including Exhale, Bliss, The St. Regis New York and The Deepak Chopra Center. In addition, she launched multiple spas and wellness facilities while working at the prestigious consulting firm Lexi Design.

Ms. Carlen then went on to run The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, winning Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Spa Award. Ms. Carlen then took her years of experience in operations to her next adventure of launching L'OCCITANE spas all over North America in luxury hotels. She has been a frequent contributor to multiple publications including Elle Canada on line, Preferred Magazine, Sharp magazine and several beauty and wellness blogs.

Ms. Carlen holds a BFA from Florida State University and is a board member of the International Spa Association.

Please visit http://www.hilton.com for more information.

Ms. Carlen can be contacted at +1 703-883-6992 or jill.carlen@hilton.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.