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Mr. Caliendo

Gino Caliendo

General Manager, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

Gino Caliendo has served as the general manager of Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, the largest convention hotel between Atlanta and Orlando, since May of 2014. He has more than 33 years of experience in the hotel industry, all with Hyatt hotels and resorts across the U.S., and he most recently served for six years as the general manager at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to Hill Country, Mr. Caliendo served as general manager for the Hyatt Regency Miami, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables and Hyatt Regency Deerfield. He also held various other food-and-beverage positions, including opening the resort on Grand Cayman, Grand Hyatt Tampa, Los Angeles and New Orleans. Mr. Caliendo oversees all aspects of hotel operations. As the general manager for the region's largest convention hotel, he works with local convention, tourism and development officials to attract more business to the area. Of special focus for Mr. Caliendo is the hotel's ongoing initiatives to support downtown economic development, positioning the city for future growth. He is also an active supporter of “Hyatt Thrive,” the company's global corporate responsibility initiative, and he has led a number of projects that give back to the local community and residents. Mr. Caliendo grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and studied at Duquesne University. He lives in Jacksonville with his wife of 25 years, Kyla. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, good conversation, fine wine, excellent food, good books, watching movies, fly-fishing, animals and fantasy football.

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

Mr. Caliendo can be contacted at 904-588-1234 or gino.caliendo@hyatt.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.