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Mr. Rey Fernandez

Reynaldo Rey Fernandez

General Manager, AC Hotel San Juan Condado

Reynaldo Rey Fernandez joined AC Hotel San Juan Condado in 2016 and today serves as the hotel's General Manager. He is responsible for overseeing the general administration of the hotel, sales positioning, revenue generation as well as top and bottom line deliverables. With over 21 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Rey Fernández began his career within Marriott International, Inc. in 2002 at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino serving as a Supervisor of Recreation. After few years and many promotions, in October 2016 he ascended to his current position at the AC Hotel San Juan Condado where he was an integral contributor to the hotel's opening, which took place on April 12, 2017. Mr. Rey Fernandez received the JW Marriott Award of Excellence in 2009 for his exemplary performance, character and dedication. The AC Hotel San Juan Condado celebrates the beauty of stylish modern design with its European soul and Spanish roots. Making a stylish entrance in Puerto Rico's Condado neighborhood, the sleek new hotel is perfectly located in the center of the district and steps away from the beach. The contemporary hotel will feature refined, modern design guest rooms, a rooftop terrace, a relaxing lounge area as well as an innovative European and Puerto Rican beverage and food service fusion. Mr. Rey Fernandez is thrilled to bring this new breed of lifestyle hotel to the urban and culturally rich capital of Puerto Rico - AC Hotel San Juan Condado by Marriott is designed for creative, entrepreneurial spirits who are constantly on the go and who appreciate the oasis of a contemporary hotel that allows them to welcome moments of tranquility, be present and connect with others.

Please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sjuac-ac-hotel-san-juan-condado/ for more information.

Mr. Rey Fernandez can be contacted at 787-827-7280 or Rfernandez@achotelsj.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.