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Mr. Bailey

Jonathan Bailey

Founder, i.d.e.a.

Jonathan Bailey has nearly 30 years of direct experience in the marketing communications industry, with an emphasis in the hospitality industry. His leadership is sought after by brands looking for insight, strategy, direction and just plain truth. He leads the relationships team at i.d.e.a., which focuses the firm's attention on its brand partners - present, past and future. Mr. Bailey brings to brands an unusual integrated perspective earned by working in both the public relations and advertising disciplines. As an early pioneer in integration, Mr. Bailey saw clarity in breaking down barriers between marketing functions, and instead focused on how one strategic brand idea can succeed across multiple platforms. Brands such as KSL Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Marriott Hotels, Visit Newport Beach, and the Santa Catalina Island Company have all benefited from Mr. Bailey's cross-platform brand focus. Over the years, Mr. Bailey has received more than 100 top honors for outstanding creative work from various advertising, public relations and communications organizations and industry groups. He is chairman of TAAN Global, the independent marketing agency network, as has served as guest instructor at the University of California at San Diego, University of San Diego and San Diego State University. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Mr. Bailey earned a bachelor's degree in mass communication with an emphasis in journalism. He past chairman and currently serves on the board of SDX (formerly San Diego Ad Club), and is past president of the Public Relations Society of America, San Diego Chapter. Mr. Bailey was appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer as a San Diego City Commissioner for Arts and Culture, and sits on the boards of the Balboa Park Conservancy and the Balboa Park Trust. In addition to his normal workday, Mr. Bailey nurtures and expresses his creativity as a travel writer for San Diego Magazine, Hilton Mom Voyage and The Jet Set Family, among others.

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Mr. Bailey can be contacted at 619-295-8232 or jonb@theideabrand.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.