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Mr. Dennis

Brandon Dennis

VP of Marketing, Cloudbeds.com

Brandon Dennis is the VP of Marketing for Cloudbeds.com. Cloudbeds creates hotel management software for hotels, including a property management system, channel manager, and commission-free booking engine. Prior to Cloudbeds, Mr. Dennis worked as the marketing manager for buuteeq, the digital marketing system for hotels, which was later acquired by Priceline in 2014. Mr. Dennis graduated from The University of Washington with a BA in history, focusing on ancient Greek and Roman history. During college, Mr. Dennis produced short animated movies for YouTube. Taking advantage of the infancy of YouTube and Facebook, his movies rode a wave of discovery that catapulted his viewership into the tens of millions and helped forge an online following that is still vibrant to this day. For a brief time after college, Mr. Dennis worked as an editor for Amazon.com before moving to San Francisco to start his career. He worked as the creative director for startup Wegame.com for two years before moving back to Seattle to be closer to family. Next, he managed the community for gaming startup Sabi Games before joining buuteeq in 2010. He worked as a marketing manager at buuteeq until its acquisition by Priceline in 2014. In 2015, he joined Cloudbeds as the VP of Marketing, where he helms the company's marketing strategies. Outside of Cloudbeds, Mr. Dennis hosts a weekly live Internet show called Scotch & Smoke Rings. He published a young adult fantasy novel in 2012 called The Tale of Cloran Hastings. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. You can follow him on Twitter @cloudbeds. Please visit www.cloudbeds.com for more information.

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Mr. Dennis can be contacted at 888-392-9478 or brandon.dennis@cloudbeds.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.