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Mr. Kelley

Chuck Kelley

Partner, Cayuga Hospitality Consultants, LLC

Chuck Kelley spent 32 years with Marriott International, beginning as an Assistant Restaurant Manager and worked his way up to Executive Vice President responsible for Marriott's Caribbean/Latin America Region. During his tenure the region doubled to 53 operating hotels and a confirmed pipeline of over 20 new hotels.

Along the way Mr. Kelley held positions as Director of Restaurants, Director of Marketing, Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, General Manager and Country Manager Australia. With extensive experience in both the domestic US market and international experience in Asia/Pacific and Caribbean/Latin America he is familiar with a wide range of markets and capable of succeeding in challenging environments.

Mr. Kelley has an in-depth knowledge of hotel operations; how they function properly to deliver customer satisfaction, brand integrity, market share premiums and healthy cash flow. His knowledge of organizational alignment and hotel positioning will help any hotel function efficiently and maximize performance vs. their market competitors. He has also performed as an expert witness and depending on the situation represented both the brand and ownership.

Mr. Kelley is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, with a BS in Travel and Tourism Management. He is a prior member of the Baptist Health South International Advisory Board and previously served as Chairman of the Caribbean Hotel and Airline Forum for the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association. He served with distinction in the US Army in Vietnam having earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for valor in combat.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/chuck-kelley-a77b216/

Mr. Kelley can be contacted at +1 954-648-0549 or kelleychuck33@gmail.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.