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Ms. Davidson

Lara Davidson

Director , The Spa at Pebble Beach

Lara Davidson, Spa Director, The Spa at Pebble Beach is a 20-year veteran of the spa industry. Ms. Davidson has implemented a myriad of spa programs and initiatives to enhance the guest's spa experience. Under her direction, The Spa at Pebble Beach has become one of California's premiere spas, most recently ranking in Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Resort Spas. Ms. Davidson joined The Spa at Pebble Beach in February 2001, and oversees spa operations for the 28-room facility, including managing more than 115 staff professionals. Previously, Ms. Davidson was the opening Spa Director for the Golden Door Spa at Las Casitas in Puerto Rico, as well as Operations Manager at the Spa at The Peaks in Telluride, Colo. Ms. Davidson is also co-chair for the Pebble Beach Resorts Green Team and a member on the Board of Directors for the Green Spa Network, a non-profit dedicated to greening and sustainability in the spa industry. Ms. Davidson holds a B.A. from Columbia University.

Ms. Davidson can be contacted at 831-649-7615 or davidsol@pebblebeach.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.