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Mr. Rodriguez

Antonio Rodriguez

Executive Chef, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

Antonio Rodriguez has been an Executive Chef for more than 12 years and is currently the Executive Chef of Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa since January 2013. He served as Executive Chef of Hotel Galvez and Spa in Galveston, Texas, from February 2011 to January 2013. In addition to his skill development from his many years in Sous Chef and Executive Sous Chef positions, his culinary training is supported through course and certification courses from the Culinary Institute of America and the American Culinary Federation. Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa is an award-winning resort known for unparalleled cuisine - from GOLD overlooking the city to the casual Lookout Bar & Grille, from elegant wedding dinners to simple cowboy cookouts. GOLD offers a new and contemporary culinary adventure. The menu concept blends fresh and innovative contemporary American cuisine with a touch of desert-inspired flavor. The Lookout Bar & Grille is a more casual dining choice with a lighter menu, easygoing atmosphere and stunning views. The cuisine features comfort food with a contemporary twist. Since 2010, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa has been named an AAA Four Diamond Award® recipient each year, which honors the hotel for its commitment to excellence throughout the entire property, including GOLD restaurant, the resort's extensive array of amenities, guest services and its attention to detail.

Mr. Rodriguez can be contacted at 800-722-2500 or anrodriguez@wyndham.com

Coming up in January 2019...

Mobile Technology: The Future is Now

Mobile Technology continues to advance at a relentless pace and the hotel industry continues to adapt. Hotel guests have shown a strong preference for mobile self-service - from checking-in/out at a hotel kiosk, to ordering room service, making dinner reservations, booking spa treatments, and managing laundry/dry cleaning services. And they also enjoy the convenience of paying for these services with smart phone mobile payments. In addition, some hotels have adopted a “concierge in your pocket” concept. Through a proprietary hotel app, guests can access useful information such as local entertainment venues, tourist attractions, event calendars, and medical facilities and services. In-room entertainment continues to be a key factor, as guests insist on the capacity to plug in their own mobile devices to customize their entertainment choices. Mobile technology also allows for greater marketing opportunities. For example, many hotels have adopted the use of “push notifications” - sending promotions, discounts and special event messages to guests based on their property location, purchase history, profiles, etc. Near field communication (NFC) technology is also being utilized to support applications such as opening room doors, earning loyalty points, renting a bike, accessing a rental car, and more. Finally, some hotels have adopted more futuristic technology. Robots are in use that have the ability to move between floors to deliver room service requests for all kinds of items - food, beverages, towels, toothbrushes, chargers and snacks. And infrared scanners are being used by housekeeping staff that can detect body heat within a room, alerting staff that the room is occupied and they should come back at a later time. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to maximize their opportunities in this exciting mobile technology space.