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Ms. Plant

Morgan Plant

Vice President, Food & Beverage, Joie de Vivre Hospitality

Morgan Plant brings more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant and hotel industry to her role as vice president for food and beverage at Joie de Vivre. She first came to the company in 2004 to launch the food and beverage program at Americano Restaurant & Bar at the company's San Francisco flagship, Hotel Vitale. After a regional director of operations role, she moved into the position of Vice President in 2009 and helped launch the burgeoning Joie de Vivre restaurant collection, lending her operations savvy to implement creative, timely concepts for the brand's more than 20 boutique restaurant and lounges. Ms. Plant's background includes posts as general manager and corporate wine director of Mistral Restaurant and Avenir Restaurant Group, general manager of Blue Chalk Cafe's flagship property, and wine director for Kimpton's Red Star in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Plant also worked with the Gordon Biersch Brewing Company in both its Seattle and San Francisco locations. A trained and certified sommelier, she also oversees the beverage program at Joie de Vivre. Ms. Plant has a bachelor's of science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine; a master's degree in Biology from San Jose State University; and has completed a post baccalaureate program in Psychobiology at Stanford University.

Ms. Plant can be contacted at 415-364-5401 or mplant@jdvhotels.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.