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Mr. Roeh

Lola Roeh

General Manager, The Osthoff Resort and Aspira Spa

Lola Roeh began her career in hospitality over 30 years ago, accepting a position at the storied American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. Over the course of her tenure there, Lola held management and development positions in guest services, marketing and special events, and quality control, culminating her hotel management experiences with the position of General Manager.

Ms. Roeh was also the opening manager of the Kohler Design Center, the first manager of Commercial Development and finished her career at Kohler as the Director of Destination Marketing for the Kohler Hospitality Businesses. Eighteen years ago, Ms. Roeh became the General Manager of the AAA Four Diamond Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, one of the Midwest's premier resort destinations.

Ms. Roeh has served as Chair and Board Member for the Wisconsin Hotel and Lodging Association, and received the Association's Innkeeper of the Year Award in both 2002 and 2012. Ms. Roeh is also an active member in the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, and the International Spa Association (ISPA) USA. She has served as the President and Board Member of the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce, and Chair and Board Member of the Elkhart Lake Tourism Commission.

Ms. Roeh is a past Chair of the Wisconsin Governor's Council on Tourism and serves on the Marketing Committee. In 2014, she was honored with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism's highest industry honor, the Legacy Award.

Mr. Roeh can be contacted at 920-876-5832 or lroeh@osthoff.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.