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Dr. Tabacchi

Mary Tabacchi

Professor Emerita, Cornell University School of Hotel Administration

Mary Tabacchi, PhD, RD is a Professor Emerita, at Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration and Johnson School of Management. She was a long term employee teaching in Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences in 1972 and as a research associate in Post- Harvest studies in Plant Science until 1978.

Dr. Tabacchi entered academic spa work in the early 1980s, working with Deborah Szekely at the Golden Door & Rancho La Puerta and Jerry Cohen and Mel Zuckerman with Canyon Ranch as well as with Sheila Cluff at the Oaks at Ojai. At Cornell University she helped found the Cornell Institute of Healthy Futures.

Dr.. Tabacchi is a Founder and member of Board of Advisors for Global Wellness Summit, Founder and Member of the Board of New York Spa Alliance, Founder and former Board Member of ISPA, Member of the Board of Green Spa Network and Advisor to the Ronald McDonald House in NYC. She and her students have completed projects with Hyatt, Mandarin Oriental, Banyan Tree, Hilton, Four Seasons, Six Senses, Mirbeau, Red Door Spas, The Spa at Norwich Inn and Mohonk Mountain House.

Dr. Tabacchi taught the first academic spa development course in 1987 and also the first academic Corporate Wellness Course in 1988. As a nutrition educator, she taught biochemical nutrition in Cornell's Division of Nutritional Science and Healthful Cuisine at the Hotel School. She still mentors students and former students, world- wide.

Dr. Tabacchi is an ardent hiker, power yogini, world- wide adventure traveler having hiked in Tanzania, Grand Canyon, The Greek Isles, Provence in France, Israel and Jordan, Sailed and hiked in the Galapagos and mid- June will hike to 15,000 ft in the Andes and descend to Machu Picchu.

Please visit http://www.cornell.edu for more information.

Dr. Tabacchi can be contacted at +1 607-255-3458 or mht3@cornell.edu

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.