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Mr. Hood

Robert Hood

Corporate Food & Beverage Manager, Atlific Hotels

Robert Hood, Corporate Food & Beverage Manager for Atlific Hotels, is originally from the United Kingdom. He has been in Food & Beverage Management for over 20 years, working in Europe for Queens Moat House Hotels, the United States for Marriott, before settling in Canada.

After settling in Canada Mr. Hood held positions for ClubLink Corporation, and currently with Atlific Hotels. With a passion for both culinary and front of house food and beverage management, Mr. Hood's passion for the food and beverage industry with its innovation and creative process continues to be part of his life journey.

The responsibilities of Mr. Hood's current position include, food and beverage procurement, concept design, financial and creative business analysis, management development, as well developing strategies for the optimization of food and beverage talent and operations at the property level.

Atlific Hotels is one of the most dynamic hotel management companies in Canada operating 62 hotels nationally with offices in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. With over 50 years' experience owning and managing major brands and independents, Atlific Hotels is passionate about consistently delivering long-term financial benefits to owners while cultivating a caring and fun work environment for associates and managers.

Mr. Hood was educated at the Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Arts in the United Kingdom where he obtained and HND in Hotel Management, and is a Bachelor of Applied Science graduate in Hospitality Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire in the United States.

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

Mr. Hood can be contacted at +1 416-674-0030 or rhood@atlific.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.