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Mr. Silvestri

Sebastien Silvestri

Vice President of Food & Beverage, The Venetian

Growing up in the south of France with a French mother and Italian father, Sebastien Silvestri learned both languages fluently and developed an appreciation for food and beverage at an early age from his uncle, a successful restaurateur in the Italian Riviera. Mr. Silvestri attended Esitel in 1993 where he studied culinary arts and hotel management and graduated with honors in 1997 after successfully completing the leadership program. Mr. Silvestri's career began at the Lanesborough Hotel in London, England where he served as a restaurant manager. He was then transferred to the United States to become the F&B Manager at The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas where he worked with celebrity chef, Dean Fearing. After a successful four years with Rosewood Hotels, he welcomed his first daughter, Amelie, and relocated with his family to Tahiti in the French Polynesia where he became the Director of F&B at the Orient Express Hotel, Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and Spa. In 2005, Mr. Silvestri was recruited to open the new spa tower at Bellagio in Las Vegas and served as the General Manager at Sensi. After the birth of his second daughter, Angelique, in 2006, he relocated with his family to Newport Beach, Calif. to become the Director of F&B at The Island Hotel. Currently, Mr. Silvestri is the Vice President of Food & Beverage at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas where he oversees the properties' casino and pool beverage departments, in-suite dining department and refreshment center. He also works with several of the properties' joint venture partners including celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse and Mario Batali. Mr. Silvestri enjoys spending time with his friends and family, traveling and enjoying a wide array of the world's best food and wine.

Mr. Silvestri can be contacted at 702-414-4477 or sebastien.silvestri@venetian.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.