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Mr. Torres

David Torres

Corporate Director of Sales, Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts

David Torres celebrates his 8th year of working history at Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts in December 2019. This marks a key milestone in David's 19 years of experience within tourism and hospitality, garnered through invaluable growth at industry-leading organizations and roles.

Mr. Torres's life-long evolution within the tourism sector started from his childhood when his family moved up to pioneer a family owned business in the recently born Cancun. This mere circumstance resulted in his deepest passions to date: the ocean, music, and nature, which ultimately led him to pursue a career that would enable him to enjoy and be close to all of these elements.

Mr. Torres's formal education includes a BS in International Business at the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico), with a specialty in Marketing at California State University at Long Beach (USA), topped with a double Masters degree in Hospitality and Tourism by the University of Perpignan and Vatel Institute, both in France. Honor mentions and academic recognitions at all of these institutions were just a preparation for his later career evolution in leading positions at world-leading organizations such as Sales & Marketing Assistant at Melia Hotels & Resorts' flagship property Gran Bahia del Duque Resort in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain), and an eight-year path within Riu Hotels & Resorts with several promotions from Assistant Sales Manager to Corporate Director of Sales & Contracting for Mexico, the Caribbean, and Costa Rica.

Mr. Torres is currently responsible for overseeing the B2B commercial division for Excellence, encompassing the departments and teams of Product Contracting and Partner Marketing for traditional and online wholesalers, Business Development, Revenue Management, Reservations, and Groups Sales & Operations throughout the company's expanding portfolio, currently made up of three brands and seven properties across Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

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

Mr. Torres can be contacted at +52 998-872-8180 or Dtorres@grupoexcellence.com

Coming up in August 2020...

Food & Beverage: New Technological Innovations

In the past few years, hotel food and beverage departments have experienced significant growth. Managers are realizing just how much revenue potential this sector holds, both in terms of additional revenue and as a means to enhance the guest experience. As a result, substantial investments are being made in F&B operations as a way to satisfy hotel guests but also to keep pace with the competition. Though it has been a trend for many years, the Farm-to-Table movement shows no signs of abating. Hotel chains are abandoning corporate restaurants and are instead partnering with local chefs to create locally-influenced dining options. Local, farm-sourced ingredients paired with specialty beverages or local wine also satisfies the increasing demand from Millennial travelers who are eager to travel sustainably and contribute to a positive impact. A farm-to-table F&B program also helps to support the local economy, which builds community goodwill. Also popular are "Self-Serv" and "Grab & Go" options. These concepts stem from an awareness that a guest's time is limited and if a hotel can supply them with fast, fresh, food and beverage choices, then so much the better for them. Plus, by placing these specialty kiosks in areas that might be traditionally under-utilized (the lobby, for instance), they can become popular destination locations. Of course, there are new technological innovations as well. In-room, on-screen menus allow guests to order from any restaurant on the property, and some hotels are partnering with delivery companies that make it possible for guests to order food from any restaurant in the area. Also, many hotels are implementing in-room, voice-activated devices, so ordering food via an AI-powered assistant will soon become mainstream as well. The August issue of the Hotel Business Review will report on these developments and document what some leading hotels are doing to expand this area of their business.