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Mr. Guillemot

Armand Guillemot

Director of MICE, Great Hotels of the World

Originally from France, Armand Guillemot joined Great Hotels of the World in September 2009. He started as MICE Sales Executive and was responsible for dealing with inquiries through the Great Hotels MICE sales desk, placing MICE business in member hotels and developing relationships with key buyers from Europe. Mr. Armand was swiftly promoted to MICE Sales Manager, focusing his sales efforts on the top European markets. In October 2010, he was promoted to Director of Sales - Meetings and Incentives and is now responsible for the overall performance and management of the Great Hotels MICE sales team (GSO based in London). This includes the proactive promotion of member hotels to the MICE market, ensuring request for proposals are responded to within the 24-hour guaranteed time frame, organizing sales and familiarization trips and road shows as well as guaranteeing the best possible rates for clients. Prior to joining Great Hotels of the World, Mr. Armand worked in various MICE positions, including Diary and Events Manager for De Vere Venues, where he managed sales office activities, maximized revenue, continuously worked to strengthen and build business by leading the team and managed rates. Previous to this, he worked for Accor Hotels for three years as Conference and Revenue Manager where he managed the MICE sales budget by maximizing the revenue and occupancy through competitor intelligence, pricing and managed function room inventory. He also oversaw the contracting and re-contracting of events, maintained relations with customers for ongoing events, ensured all bookings and cancellations were up to date and facilitated the smooth running of events with a personalized service. Mr. Armand also worked for two years at Concorde Hotels at the beginning of his career where his titles were Conference and Event Coordinator and Front Office Manager. Mr. Armand has a degree in Tourism, Hotel Business, Leisure and Sport and has a master's qualification in the Hotel and Tourism industry. He is fluent in French and English and is conversant in German.

Mr. Guillemot can be contacted at 4402073832335 or aguillemot@ghotw.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.