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Mr. Rossette

Fernando Garcia Rossette

Managing Director, Grand Velas Resorts

With more than 30 years of hospitality experience, and most recently as Managing Director of Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Fernando Garcia Rossette was appointed Managing Director for the Grand Velas Resorts in Riviera Maya and Rivera Nayarit, as well as Casa Velas, a boutique hotel and ocean club on the Marina Vallarta Golf Course in Puerto Vallarta, in October 2011. As the opening General Manager of the Grand Velas Riviera Maya in 2008, Mr. Rossette was responsible for overseeing about 1,500 employees at the resorts three ambiances, spa and food and beverage outlets. Having been the opening general manager for Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, its sister property, Mr. Mr. Rossette was attracted to the post for the challenge of opening the next iteration of the Grand Velas brand which he feels is set apart by the breadth and depth of its ultra-luxury facilities and services. Prior to rejoining Grand Velas in 2008, he was the Managing Director for the Four Diamond, condo-hotel development Las Palomas Beach and Golf Resort in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. With a degree from the Tourism School in Granada, Spain, Mr. Rossette's expertise is finance. He has often been recruited for his great success in turning lackluster properties into successful ventures, including tenures at the Holiday Inn in Puerto Vallarta as the Director of Operations, the Hotel Sierra Radisson Plaza in Manzanillo, Mexico as the Property Director and the Stouffer Presidente Cancun Hotel as the General Manager. Mr. Rossette is a member of the Chaine de Rottiseurs and in his free time he enjoys playing tennis, reading and having great food and wine with his wife.

Mr. Rossette can be contacted at 877-418-3059 or contactcenter@grandvelas.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.