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Ms. Lowman

Tyra Lowman

Senior Director of Spas - Full Service and Luxury Brands, Hilton Worldwide

In collaboration with the Hilton Worldwide Global Spa Operations team, Tyra Lowman develops spa-related initiatives and products that enhance the guest experience at all full-service and luxury hotel brands. In October 2010, Ms. Lowman led the successful launch of eforea: spa at Hilton as the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand's first global spa concept in history. The eforea concept has received more than 147,000,000 media impressions to-date and features a global pipeline of more than 100 spas in development at Hilton Hotels & Resorts properties around the world. As Senior Director Global Spas - Full Service and Luxury Brands, Ms. Lowman shapes the Hilton Worldwide standards for spa operations, service and treatment, design and construction and quality measurements. Ms. Lowman's extensive spa experience of more than 15 years includes serving as Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations at Brite Smile/Brite Skin, the largest operator of retail medical spas in North America. Prior to working with Brite Smile/Brite Skin, Ms. Lowman held the position of Vice President Operations for Premier Salons, Inc., for six years and is credited with the rapid expansion and growth of Premier's luxury spa brands. She also served as Regional Director of Operations for Atlanta-based Spa Sydell, Inc., and has directed operations at the individual spa level both as spa director and spa owner. Ms. Lowman is an active member of the International Spa Professionals Association (ISPA), Intercouffure International Salon affiliation, National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) and Aveda Professionals. She is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and she holds an MBA from Shorter School of Business. Ms. Lowman is also a licensed cosmetologist and esthetician.

Ms. Lowman can be contacted at 703-883-5222 or tyra.lowman@hilton.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.