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Mr. O'Donohoe

David O'Donohoe

Senior Vice President, Global Supplier Sales & Operations, StarCite

With more than 20 years of experience in the Hospitality and Meetings Industry, David O'Donohoe ensures supplier success in StarCite's meetings marketplace. Mr. O'Donohoe leads the Global Supplier Market business unit and Corporate Sales for the Asia and Pacific Region. He is responsible for the continued growth of a greatly expanded global meetings marketplace that links buyers with more than 60,000 hotel properties and meeting suppliers in every key market around the world. Previously, Mr. O'Donohoe headed up Supplier Sales and Strategic Alliances for StarCite. Prior to StarCite, Mr. O'Donohoe was with the Regus Group as Director of Sales, The Americas, for meeting room and videoconferencing products. During his tenure there, meeting room revenue grew three-fold in North America over a two year period. Before coming to Regus he was Director of Group Sales with Millennium Hotels and Resorts for the North American Global Sales Offices. Mr. O'Donohoe held several sales and marketing positions with Sheraton, Westin and St. Regis brands for Starwood Hotels and Resorts and with Omni Hotels. Mr. O'Donohoe's areas of expertise include hotel and travel-related business integration, online meetings management tools, and marketing strategies for the supplier marketplace. He has spoken at numerous industry events worldwide including HEDNA, HSMAI and the Global Business Travel Association. In his speaking engagements, he has addressed topics such as how to stand out in a crowded marketplace for group business, the post-recession environment for suppliers and how to compete most effectively, how hoteliers can secure their market share and grow their group bookings, and group lead management solutions for brands and chains Mr. O'Donohoe began his sales career as an Account Executive with Dean Witter Reynolds in New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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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.