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Amanda Tower

Global Communications and Branding Manager, Wilson Associates

Amanda Tower is the Global Communications and Branding Manager for Wilson Associates interior architecture firm. Wilson Associates creates new definitions of luxury for an era that is increasingly well-travelled, connected and culturally diverse. For more than 40 years, the firm's dynamic talent and collaborative spirit have created the world's most trendsetting, iconic projects. Through its dedication to progressive design, Wilson Associates aims to inspire and engage its clients, people and world culture. Ms. Tower brings nearly 15 years of communications, marketing, talent recruitment and public relations experience to Wilson. She plays an important role in shaping the strategy and global image of the firm. In addition to content planning and strategy, Ms. Tower creates dynamic content for print and digital platforms to generate increased leads, impressions and brand engagement. Her familiarity with the vast world of art and design began at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she helped coordinate and execute a variety of campaigns and strategies, many of which won regional and national CASE, ADDY and HOW Magazine awards. Ms. Tower believes collaboration, curiosity and employing design thinking methodologies result in some of the most innovative ideas. Founded in 1971, Wilson Associates employs over 300 design professionals throughout its eight global offices. Headquartered Dallas the firm has several offices throughout the world in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, Paris (Atelier), Shanghai and Singapore. Wilson Associates is committed to providing the highest level of luxury design and client service through a full range of design services.

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

Ms. Tower can be contacted at 214-521-6753 or atower@wilsonassoc.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.