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Mr. Garrido

Nelson Garrido

Vice President Technology, Noble Interstate Management Group

Nelson Garrido is a Hospitality professional that has been in hospitality for over 18 years working at various positions in hotel operations and Information Technology. Mr. Garrido started his Hospitality technology career as IT Manager at the Tarrytown House Executive Conference Center in Tarrytown NY. Mr. Garrido is currently the vice president of Information Technology with responsibility for leading the implementation and execution of Noble-Interstate strategic information technology and management information system platforms throughout the organization and its assets. These areas include business intelligence technology, alignment of brand technology with Noble-Interstate's systems as well as the implementation of new investment and re-branding information technology. At Noble-Interstate leads the consolidation of multiple technology platforms into one cohesive and agile platform that has allowed Noble-Interstate to quickly manage newly acquired hotels. As part of his responsibilities with Noble Investment Mr. Garrido works with the major Hotel brands on implementing their technology for Noble's new hotel developments in addition to working with the brands on testing out new technology being deployed. Prior to joining Noble in 2005, Mr. Garrido was the Senior Director of Global Technology for Dolce International where he was responsible for the technology strategy and systems for all their hotels, resorts and conference centers throughout the Americas and Europe. He was responsible for the development of the Information Technology Department at Dolce Hotels & Resorts to meet the company's expansion into Europe and the US by establishing Information Technology Operating standards for all hotels. These standards included standards for not only back of the house technology but also technologies to support the corporate meetings clientele. Mr. Garrido also participates in industry board committees as member of the AH&LA Technology and E-Business Committee and Starwood Hotels Franchise IT Board. Nelson is also an active member with Hospitality Financial Technology professionals and the Hotel Technology Next Generation.

Mr. Garrido can be contacted at 404-682-1887 or nelson.garrido@noble-interstate.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.