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Mr. Bajouk

Simon Bajouk

Concierge, Ritz-Carlton Montreal

Simon Bajouk is a Concierge at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. Mr. Bajouk has been a practicing concierge for over six years, beginning his career at Montreal's Marriott Hotel. This early position gave Mr. Bajouk the confidence and abilities he needed to pursue his career and empowered him to assist others in reaching success. With an education in Hotel Management from the University of Quebec in Montreal and his early experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Bajouk has keenly developed his leadership and customer-focused skills. Being a member of the International Association Les Clefs d'Or for five years now, he has built a reputation for professionalism, thoroughness and commitment to guest service. Over the years, Mr. Bajouk has shared his talents with some of the most prestigious hotels in Montreal, among them Le St-Sulpice, the Loews Hotel Vogue, Hotel Le St-James and most recently, the Ritz-Carlton Montreal. Mr. Bajouk sees each of his many memorable moments as learning opportunities and building blocks for the methodology he uses to deliver world-class service. As an accomplished concierge, he is proud of his accomplishments and looks forward to sharing them along the way. On this note, with the aim of sharing his experience in the field of hospitality, and more specifically in the role of caretaker, Mr. Bajouk and his colleague developed and implemented a customized customer service training program. He describes this program as teaching customer service and communication so that trainees can master the art of guest satisfaction. Mr. Bajouk has now taught several of these courses and among his many students counts the employees of Bombardier Inc. The company's involvement with the Ritz-Carlton Montreal over time has led him to being involved in several fundraising and charitable events for organizations such as the Terry Fox Foundation, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, and the Ste-Justine Hospital.

Mr. Bajouk can be contacted at 514-842-4210 or concierge@ritzmontreal.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.