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Mr. Poulin

Daniel Poulin

Director, Spa & Fitness North & Central America, Accor

Daniel Poulin is the Director of Spa & Fitness, North & Central America for Accor. Leading the spa, fitness and recreation programs for the entire Accor portfolio in the region since 2014, Mr. Poulin is no stranger to hospitality with a career in the fitness and spa industry that spans over 30 years taking him from Canada to Asia and the Middle East.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Poulin operated the wellness department at a large community center in Vancouver but soon realized that many of the aging members of the community faced with various diseases could not easily and safely benefit from the programs already in place and tailored for younger healthier individuals. Working with various partners in the medical field along with the expertize of his team of fitness professionals, Mr. Poulin developed multiple rehabilitation programs from cardiac to osteoporosis to arthritis and cancer, many still in place today, almost 20 years later.

Often recognized as an innovator and "trends detangler" in the spa and fitness industry, Mr. Poulin's hands on experimental approach to trying practically anything once allows for real life skills that go beyond theories and concepts.

Mr. Poulin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition. He was awarded a prestigious scholarship by the Medical Research Council of Canada to pursue his clinical research evaluating the impact of exercise and caloric restriction on the size and incidence of breast cancer that he then presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

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

Mr. Poulin can be contacted at +1 416-874-2596 or daniel.poulin@accor.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.