Travaasa® Experiential Resorts, a growing collection of destination resorts and spas, proudly announces the appointment of Kristine Huffman as General Manager of Travaasa® Austin. In addition to her new role, Huffman also serves as the Brand Experience Director for Travaasa® Experiential Resorts. Specializing in locally infused, experiential travel, the brand’s portfolio currently includes two properties: Travaasa® Austin, opened in May 2011, and Travaasa® Hana, Maui, opened June 2011.
As General Manager of Travaasa® Austin, Huffman will play a key role in managing guest services for rapidly expanding Travaasa® Experiential Resorts as well as oversee all Austin property operations. As Travaasa® Brand Experience Director, Huffman supervises the development and implementation of each property’s diverse activity offerings, which echo the brand’s five pillars: adventure, culinary, culture, fitness and wellness. In her combined role of Travaasa® brand and property management, Huffman will ensure guests have an extraordinary stay at Travaasa® Austin and continue delivering unique programming that leaves guests feeling both inspired and refreshed.
“Appointing Kristine as the Austin General Manager was a natural fit for the property,” said Chris Manning, Founder and CEO of Travaasa® Experiential Resorts. “Her passion for the brand and culture of the Austin lifestyle have been an integral part of the property’s success in the last year and we’re excited to see what the future holds,” he continued.
Prior to her role with Travaasa® Experiential Resorts, Huffman founded The Peak Performance Practice, providing consulting to hospitality and health care organizations such as Miraval Resorts and Maine General Health Systems. She also served as Executive Director of Health and Healing at Canyon Ranch Resort where she assisted with the development of the wellness program at Canyon Ranch: Lenox. Her extensive expertise in hospitality consulting ranges from wellness-based spa developments to sales training and operational growth of facilities.