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Ms. Murphy

Hilary Murphy

Professor & Researcher, Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, HES-SO//University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland

Hilary Catherine Murphy PhD, MPhil, MCIM, PGdip BIT, BA is a professor and researcher at Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne, HES-SO//University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland and, additionally, an Honorary Research fellow in the Marketing Faculty at Strathclyde University, Glasgow. She has a PhD in the diffusion of information and communications technology in the hotel sector from the University of Wales, UK; an M. Phil, also from the University of Wales; a post-graduate diploma in business information technology, a Bachelor degree in business administration, marketing and law from the University of Strathclyde and a diploma in data processing from Louisiana State University in the USA. Dr Murphy has extensive business experience in sales and marketing management, primarily in the US in the hospitality and leisure sector, in addition to her experience as a teacher and researcher. She currently teaches Digital Marketing on the final year of the undergraduate programme and Masters programme at Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne (www.ehl.ch). Currently, Dr. Murphy is now working on several Swiss government funded projects in addition to industry-funded projects, notably the annual IT BENCHMARK REPORT that includes competitive set information on IT spend (by room, property, region) plus capex & opex breakdowns and is available at www.strglobal.com. Her current academic projects focus on the impact of social media on hotel consumer buyer behaviour, particularly "recall" of social media and the emotional component of social media. Previous published academic work has been on a variety of IT related subjects such as; "An Exploration of the Key Hotel Processes implicated in biometric adoption", "An Investigation of Data Management and Property Management Systems in Hotels" and "Do small and medium hotel exploit search engine marketing?" Dr. Murphy has published many technical articles in academic journals e.g. International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management and is a frequent presenter at key industry and academic conferences worldwide (ICHRIE, EuroCHRIE, Frontiers in Services Marketing) and throughout Europe.

Please visit http://www.ehl.ch for more information.

Ms. Murphy can be contacted at 41-21-785-1496 or hilary.murphy@ehl.ch

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.