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Ms. Gelfound

Wendi Gelfound

Director of Marketing, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

As a founding member of the Sunrise Springs launch team, Wendi Gelfound played a critical role in defining brand positioning and marketing strategies. With extensive experience in the health and wellness, spa and tourism sectors, Ms. Gelfound has been recognized internationally as an expert and innovator in destination marketing. In 2015, she had the honor of speaking on the Business of Hot Springs Panel at the Global Wellness Summit in Mexico City. And, in October of 2016 Ms. Gelfound was invited to present the "American Perspective" at the inaugural Global Thermal Think Tank in Bad Orb, Germany, and on the R(E)volution of Hot Springs Panel at the Global Wellness Summit in Tyrol, Austria. Ms. Gelfound has successfully led global marketing initiatives for several New Mexico-based resorts, most notably Sunrise Springs' sister property Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa for the last eleven years, and Taos' award-winning El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa. Ms. Gelfound was founder and vice president of the Taos Tourism Council, and at the state level, has been selected for a 2nd term as a North Central Region Board Member for the New Mexico Tourism Department. Ms. Gelfound's creative eye and extensive experience in branding and marketing strategies spans three decades. She was creative director for a marketing agency in Miami and owned a software and web development company in the early 1990s. To that foundation. Ms. Gelfound maintains a compelling interest in the leading edge of communications media. Ms. Gelfound attended Boston University, The Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is passionate about adventure travel, hiking, yoga…and the occasional bungee jump.

Please visit http://www.sunrisesprings.com for more information.

Ms. Gelfound can be contacted at 505-780-8145 or wendi.gelfound@sunrisesprings.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.