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Mr. Cabral

Armando Cabral

General Manager, Ty Lounge, The Biltmore Santa Barbara

A native of Mexico City, Armando Cabral was educated at Glion Institute of Higher Education and Universidad del Valle de Mexico. From there, he began his journey with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts as a Manager in Training at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. The warm and welcoming staff and “family” he developed during his time there are what made him ultimately decide that Four Seasons was the company he wanted to build his career with.

After completing the MIT program, Mr. Cabral was promoted to the role of Restaurant Assistant Manager where he oversaw the Resort's signature busiest outlet. Fast forward a few years, as Mr. Cabral transitioned to the power house of the Resort: In-Room Dining, where he also oversaw the execution of the Extraordinary Experiences program, which included intimate and romantic seaside dining, as well as over-the -top private dining events at the Resort' residences. These specialty events are where Mr. Cabral discovered his passion for creating truly memorable and unforgettable experiences.

Mr. Cabral's next move took him to the sun-filled coast of California, at the iconic Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. He spent six years at the modern Italian restaurant, Bella Vista, before moving to the unique and historic Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club, where he oversaw and assisted in all facets of the dining program.

Mr. Cabral's latest transition came in the form of a promotion to General Manager of Ty Lounge, the Resort's bustling Spanish-infused bar and lounge. His passion for creating has driven him in creating an upscale, locally-inspired beverage and dining program, which has been wildly successful. Ty Lounge is heralded by locals and visiting guests, as the prime spot to celebrate, either inside the elaborately decorated lounge, or outside on the Luna Terrace, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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

Mr. Cabral can be contacted at 805-969-2261 or armando.cabral@fourseasons.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.