Editorial Board   

Mr. DiLeva

Michael DiLeva

Executive Vice President, The IDT Group

Michael DiLeva joined The IDT Group - the hospitality industry's leading Customer Relationship Management (CRM) services provider - in 2007 as the head of both the company's Gaming Division and corporate business development. In this role, he oversees a variety of tasks such as industry relations, marketing and strategic/solution alliances. Mr. DiLeva also plays an active role in the company's development and delivery of advanced guest management technology and services for hotel chains including Marriott, Millennium, Benchmark, Destination and Mandarin Oriental. IDT also serves over 200 upscale independent properties including Canyon Ranch, The Broadmoor and Hershey Resorts. Prior to joining IDT, Mr. DiLeva served as Executive Vice President and General Manger of KoolConnect Technologies - a leading provider of digital and advanced High Definition entertainment services to the luxury and upscale segments of the Hospitality Industry. While at KoolConnect, Mr. DiLeva oversaw Sales, Marketing, Operations and Product Definition, worked closely with leading operators including Mandarin Oriental, Pan Pacific, InterContinental and Wynn Resorts and helped the company to grow over 1,200% during his tenure. Earlier in his career, Mr. DiLeva served as Managing Director of the Hospitality Practice for Unisys Corporation, a Fortune(R) 300 technology and services company. In that position, he extended the company's travel solutions expertise from airlines into the hospitality industry and introduced a variety of solutions into this prior "green field" market for Unisys, including broadband connectivity and consulting, customer loyalty systems development and implementation, enterprise security and video-on-demand. During his time with Unisys, the Hospitality Practice grew from a start-up to a $12 million business and he personally provided consulting services for C-Level executives at major hotel companies and hospitality vendors in the United States, Europe and Middle East. Mr. DiLeva's other experience includes a stint as Vice President of Marketing for a hospitality technology company that deployed in-room High-Speed Internet Access in upscale and luxury hotel properties throughout the United States. In addition, he spent 10 years in marketing roles for Bally's Entertainment, Inc. and Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. and was the recipient of the 1998 corporate "Chairman's Award," the highest honor offered by Harrah's Entertainment, Inc., for his work helping to develop a patented loyalty program enhancement program. Mr. DiLeva has authored numerous articles on hospitality technology and customer loyalty and served as a Contributing Editor to National Hotel Executive, a leading online trade publication. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management from Rutgers University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Saint Joseph's University. He has also completed an executive leadership program conducted by the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and serves on the Technology Advisory Board for the Penn State University School of Hospitality Management.

Mr. DiLeva can be contacted at 215-487-3522 or mdileva@theidtgroup.com

Coming up in August 2019...

Food & Beverage: Millennial Chefs Lead the Way

Led by Millennial chefs, hotels continue to foster sustainability, sourcing and wellness within their dining rooms and banquet spaces, and by all measures, this is responsible for an increase in their revenues. In many hotels, the food & beverage division contributes 50 per cent or more to hotel sales and they are currently experiencing double-digit growth. As a result, hotel owners are allocating an increasing amount of square footage for F&B operations. The biggest area of investment is in catering, which is thriving due to weddings, social events and business conferences. Hotels are also investing in on-site market or convenience stores that offer fresh/refrigerated foods, and buffet concepts also continue to expand. Other popular food trends include a rise of fermented offerings such as kombucha, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, kefir and pickles - all to produce the least processed food possible, and to boost probiotics to improve the immune system. Tea is also enjoying something of a renaissance. More people are thinking of tea with the same reverence as coffee due to its many varieties, applications and benefits. Craft tea blending, nitro tea on tap and even tea cocktails are beginning to appear on some hotel menus. Another trend concerns creating a unique, individualized and memorable experience for guests. This could be a small consumable item that is specific to a property or event, such as house-made snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, macaroons, or jars of house-made jams, chutneys, and mustards -all produced and customized in house. One staple that is in decline is the in-room minibar which seems to have fallen out of favor. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will document the trends and challenges in the food and beverage sector, and report on what some leading hotels are doing to enhance this area of their business.