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Mr. Bour

Nicolas Bour

Executive Chef, Ocean House

Nicolas Bour is the Executive Chef of Ocean House one of Rhode Island's luxury resorts. Chef Bour, will oversee all culinary operations for the resort, including the Forbes Five Star fine-dining restaurant Seasons, the more casual Bistro, four outdoor dining venues, and banquets operations. A bi-coastal culinary veteran, Chef Bour joins Ocean House from Humphreys in San Diego, CA. Previously, Chef Bour was Executive Chef at Loews Coronado Bay in San Diego, where he was instrumental in restructuring the food and beverage program at the resort and opened two new dining outlets. Before joining Loews Coronado Bay, Chef Bour founded AVANT Restaurant at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, which was awarded Best Restaurant in 2013 by San Diego Magazine. Chef Bour received first place dish in the San Diego Food & Wine Festival in 2013 and was included as a celebrity chef at the Kentucky Derby in 2011. Some of his additional notable career highlights include successfully serving over 14,000 covers in four days for the inauguration of President Barak Obama, cooking privately for King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan, and cooking by invitation at the James Beard House in New York. Chef Bour was born in Providence, Rhode Island and is fluent in French and Spanish. Ocean House, one of New England's last grand hotels, re-opened its doors in June 2010 after a $140 million rebuild and restoration. The 136-year-old property, originally built just after the Civil War, is perched high on the bluffs in Watch Hill, Rhode Island.

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

Mr. Bour can be contacted at 401-584-7000 or nbour@oceanhouseri.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.