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Mr. Poulin

Daniel Poulin

Director, Spa & Fitness North & Central America, Accor

Leading the spa, fitness and recreation programs for the Accor's 120 hotel portfolio in the North & Central America's region since 2014, Mr. Poulin is no stranger to hospitality and the wellness industry with a career in the fitness and spa that spans over 30 years taking him from coast to coast in Canada to Asia and the Middle East. 

Often recognized as an innovator and "trends detangler" in the wellness industry, Mr. Poulin's hands on experimental approach to trying practically anything once allows for real life skills that go beyond theories and concepts.  His approach to health and wellness is very much based on scientific evidences rather than being reactive to passing trends thus allowing for the development of carefully curated wellness programs and facilities throughout his career.  

Earlier in his career, Mr. Poulin lead 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 expertise 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. 

Mr. Poulin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Montreal with a specialization on cancer and exercise. 

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 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.