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Mr. Tanguy

Julien Tanguy

Chief Concierge, Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

Raised in Strasbourg, France, in a family of restaurant owners, Julien Tanguy's first steps in the service industry were in the Food & Beverage sector. He found interest and pleasure working as a waiter for some municipal, regional and European institutions such as the European Parliament, while studying Psychology at Louis Pasteur University. After completing a master's degree, and uninspired by the jobs that path offered, Mr. Tanguy took on the position of Bellman at one of Alsace's Four star Luxury Hotel, Le Château de l'Ile. Experiencing the opportunity of providing guests with exceptional service, he soon felt a calling to enter the ranks of Europe's revered concierges. While concierges often begin their careers as bellboys or doormen, Mr. Tanguy enrolled in the Quebec City College Merici specialized concierge program, and also improved his English. He went on to intern at the Montreal Sofitel, with mentor, Ms. Virgina Casale, then Les Clefs d'Or Canada President, now International President of Les Clefs d'Or UICH Worlwide. His first official concierge position was at the Saint-Sulpice Hotel Montreal, one of Old Montreal's most charming all-suite hotel. Mr. Tanguy took a second job managing lineups and phone-lines at Montreal's largest property, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, with 1,039-rooms. Once having met the requirements for Les Clefs d'Or membership, he was sponsored by Chef Concierge, Mr. Patrick Huynh, to join the prestigious International organization, of which he is now a Member. In March 2007, with the arrival of new owners, Silverbirch Hotels & Resorts, and under the leadership of a new General Manager, Mr. Louis-Robert Handfield, the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure hired two full-time Les Clefs d'Or concierges. Mr. Tanguy was one of them and is currently still in service at this 395-room downtown rooftop property. Mr. Tanguy was promoted Chief Concierge at the beginning of 2009, and has been enjoying helping his diverse Team members (from 7 different countries of origin) achieve their best since then. Mr. Tanguy is also the current Regional Secretary of Les Clefs d'Or in Montreal.

Mr. Tanguy can be contacted at 514-878-2910 or julien.tanguy@hilton.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.