Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Christodoulidou

Natasa Christodoulidou

Assistant Professor, California State University

Dr. Christodoulidou is the Director of the Hospitality Technology Research Institute at California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). She is an Associate Professor in the Management and Marketing Department at CSUDH where she teaches for the undergraduate and the MBA programs. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), and a Master's of Accounting and a B.Sc. from Arizona State University (ASU). Her research interests are in the areas of Hospitality Technology, Electronic Commerce, Electronic Distribution, and E-Marketing. Her research has appeared in numerous academic and professional journals. Dr. Christodoulidou presents regularly at academic and professional industry conferences around the world. She has recently served as Program Co-chair for the 2015 Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) Annual Meeting in Seattle. She is currently serving as President Elect for the 2016 Program Chair for the Western Decision Sciences Institute (WDSI). Dr. Christodoulidou has published over 50 articles in the hospitality area, has been cited 100s of times in publications around the world, and has received a number of research awards. She has visited for research and/or speaking engagements all five continents and this has influenced her approach and writing style in the publishing work she has produced over the last 13 years. Currently Dr. Christodoulidou is investigating the impact of mobile technologies and social media for airlines, hotels, and online Travel Agencies (OTAs) through the various distribution channels. Her speaking engagements recently have included Cyprus, Dubai, France, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Long Beach, Las Vegas, Boston, Dallas, and others.

Ms. Christodoulidou can be contacted at 310-243-3502 or Nchristodoulidou@yahoo.com

Coming up in July 2019...

Hotel Spa: Pursuing Distinction

The Wellness Movement continues to evolve and hotel spas continue to innovate in order to keep pace. Fueled by intense competition within the industry, hotel spas are seeking creative ways to differentiate themselves in the market. An increasing number of customers are searching for very specific, niche treatments that address their particular health concerns and, as a result, some leading spas have achieved distinction by offering only one specialized treatment. Meditation and mindfulness practices are becoming increasingly mainstream as are alternative treatments and therapies, such as Ayurvedic therapies, Reiki, energy work and salt therapy. Some spas specialize in stress management and offer lifestyle coaching sessions as part of their program.  Other spas are fully embracing new technologies as a way to differentiate themselves, such as providing wearable devices that track health and fitness biomarkers, or robots programmed with artificial intelligence to control spa environments, or virtual reality add-ons that transport guests to relaxing places around the world. Some spas have chosen to specialize in medical procedures such as liposuction, laser skin therapy, phototherapy facials, Botox and facial fillers, acupuncture and permanent hair removal, in addition to cosmetic body shaping procedures and  teeth whitening treatments. Similarly, other spas are offering comprehensive health check-ups and counseling services for those who are interested in disease prevention treatments. Finally, as hotel spas continue to become more diverse, accessible and specialized, there is a growing demand for health professionals with a specific area of expertise. There is a proliferation of top class, quality wellness practitioners who make a name for themselves by offering their services around the globe, including athletes, chefs, doctors, physical trainers and weight loss specialists. The July issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these trends and developments and examine how some hotel spas are integrating them into their operations.