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Ms. McConnell

Emily McConnell

Spa Director, Dana Hotel and Spa

With over ten years of experience in the spa industry, Emily McConnell brings a strong background in dedicated leadership as well as aesthetics to the spa at the Dana Hotel and Spa. Ms. McConnell has previously worked as an aesthetician and a spa manager at a variety of prestigious Resort Spas in Chicago. Realizing at a young age that the spa industry was her passion, Ms. McConnell first attended Eastern Michigan University to earn a degree in Business. Shortly after college, Ms. McConnell traveled throughout Australia, Asia and Europe to research spa practices and treatments of diverse cultures. After working in the industry, Ms. McConnell decided to gain a more intimate knowledge of spa processes and operations. She went back to school to earn her Esthetic's License at Pivot Point International. She continues to use that vast knowledge and background to uphold the Dana Hotel and Spa name when it comes to quality and prestige. Ms. McConnell coordinates the development and technique of the spa treatments offered, and continuously researches new methods and products while referencing her extensive experience in esthetics.

Ms. McConnell can be contacted at 312-202-6064 or emcconnell@danahotelandspa.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.