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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 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.