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Mr. Vanderslice

John T.A. Vanderslice

Global Head, Luxury and Lifestyle Brands, Hilton Worldwide

John T. A. Vanderslice serves as the Global Head of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands, of Hilton Worldwide, which includes Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. Mr. Vanderslice joined Hilton Worldwide in September 2009 and has an extensive background in international hospitality and packaged goods. He has worked at such notable companies as Club Med, Inc. and Kraft General Foods. Mr.Vanderslice served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Club Med Americas, operator of more than 100 leisure resorts in 30 countries, where he led Club Med's operations in North and South America. He was credited with successfully integrating Club Med's marketing and commercial activities, finance and operations while repositioning the all-inclusive resorts as upscale destinations. Prior to joining Hilton Worldwide, Mr. Vanderslice served as Chief Executive Officer for Miraval Spa, Tucson, Ariz., where he where he was instrumental in transforming the 13-year old spa into a top-ranked lifestyle resort and launched the first branded lifestyle real estate concept, Miraval Living in New York. Mr.Vanderslice has also held executive positions with Triarc Restaurant Group, Ft. Lauderdale and its subsidiaries including Arby's and T.J. Cinnamons, Inc. Prior to that, he served in a leadership capacity overseeing legacy brands and new product introductions for Kraft General Foods.

Mr. Vanderslice can be contacted at 703-883-1000 x35255 or john.vanderslice@hilton.com

Coming up in November 2019...

Architecture & Design: Biophilic Design

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving to meet and exceed guest expectations. As a result, hotels are always on the lookout for new ways to improve the guest experience, and architecture and design is an essential part of this equation. Bold design is often the most effective way to make an exceptional first impression - an impression guests use to distinguish between brands. One design trend that is being embraced worldwide has become known as “Biophilic Design.” Biophilic design is based on the concept of biophilia, which is the theory that human beings have an innate tendency to seek out nature, natural elements, and natural forms. Biophilic design is more than hotels simply adding a surplus of plants; it involves incorporating specific design elements into a hotel in order to imbue it with a sense of wellness and well-being. Some of those elements include exposure to natural lighting; views of nature and rooms with a view; natural architectural patterns; salvaged or reclaimed woods of all types; reclaimed metals; sustainably sourced stone; living green walls and vertical gardens; and direct and indirect exposure to nature. Hotels that have incorporated biophilic design into their properties are reaping the benefits associated with this trend including reduced stress responses, better air quality, lower energy costs, and more positive guest reviews. Biophilic design has also been shown to improve guest moods and to satisfy consumer demand for environmental responsibility. Savvy hotel owners and managers are aware that nature-inspired elements enhance their guests' comfort and well-being, which is why this trend is becoming so prevalent. Biophilic design is just one topic in the fields of hotel architecture and design that will be examined in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.