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Mr. Dawood-Farah

Majed Dawood-Farah

Food & Beverage Director, Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Majed Dawood-Farah is Food and Beverage Director of Hyatt Regency Atlanta. In his role, he oversees banqueting for the hotel's 180,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and direct in-room dining for its 1,260 guest rooms. Mr. Dawood-Farah also manages the innovative new restaurants, Sway and Twenty-Two Storys, as well as the hotel's 24-hour market. Mr. Dawood-Farah launched his Hyatt career as Director of Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. It was the first of several positions he held at the hotel, including Director of Banquet Operations, Director of Catering and Convention Services, and for five years, Food and Beverage Director. In 2010, he relocated to Florida to become Food and Beverage Director of Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, where he managed an $18 million F&B operation that finished in the top 10 in customer service scores for all Hyatt hotels in 2011. Mr. Dawood-Farah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Administration from Missouri State University, as well as a Technical Diploma in Tourism/Culinary from the Ministry of Tourism in Damascus, Syria. Mr. Dawood-Farah is fluent in Arabic, French and English and holds a diploma in Mediterranean Cookery and French Cuisine. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Carol, and their two daughters.

Mr. Dawood-Farah can be contacted at 404-577-1234 or majed.dawood-farah@hyatt.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.