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Mr. Sloan

Kell Sloan

General Manager, Best Western Plus Saskatchewan

At an early age, Kell Sloan was told he wanted to become a concert pianist but with a tin ear, a rebellious streak and a Beach Boys album, Mr. Sloan soon fell in with the wrong crowd and took up professional surfing. At age six, permanently grounded and with no money to buy a surf board, Mr. Sloan sold chocolate bars door to door and found that by developing a compelling unique value proposition and dividing his home town into segments, he was able to focus on neighborhoods where people were most likely to buy his chocolate bars. And buy they did.

Hiring other kids to sell for him, teaching them the fundamentals of chocolate bar sales, and coaching them to success, Mr. Sloan soon found himself once again grounded but with a surf board and a love of entrepreneurship, marketing and revenue management.

With over 25 + years of hospitality leadership in casinos, restaurants and hotels, if you took an MRI scan of that beautiful brain of his, it would show a large area devoted to thinking of nothing else but strategic planning, demand generation and profit optimization.

Mr. Sloan is currently the General Manager of the Best Western Plus in Estevan, Saskatchewan and leads an exceptional team of customer-orientated professionals dedicated to ensuring that every stay is exceptional. Celebrating more than 70 years of hospitality, Best Western Hotels & Resorts is an award-winning global family of hotels located in over 100 countries and territories that offers accommodations for all types of travelers.


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

Mr. Sloan can be contacted at 306.209.0981 or kell@kellsloan.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.