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Ms. Olsen

Casey Olsen

Owner, Spa Sources

Spa Sources of Palm Desert California is considered to be the premier health spa consulting firm with over 20 years of Designing, Managing, Equipping, Operating and Marketing spas. Spa Sources owner, Casey Olsen, managed the luxury properties of La Costa Resort and Spa in San Diego, Givenchy, one of the designer spas, the Spa Hotel in Palm Springs and was the National Spa and Marketing Director for the billion dollar company, Sporting Clubs of America. Ms. Olsen has managed staffs of over 140 and pampered movie-industry elite and captains of industry from around the world. While working within the Spa realm, Ms. Olsen provided the owners of these luxury properties a departmental profit ratio of over 50 percent, which is unprecedented in the industry. As one of the industry's foremost health spa consultants, Ms. Olsen provides invaluable guidance to developers planning their luxury resorts that include a health spa facility.

Ms. Olsen can be contacted at 760 341-3311 or spasources@earthlink.net

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.