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Ms. Lima

Loulu Lima

Principal, LL Consulting

Loulu Lima, CRME, CHBA is an independent hospitality consultant with +20 years in hospitality, specializing in Sales/Marketing/Hotel Distribution/Event and Revenue Management. At each role she has attained the experience to continue to assist hotels and businesses increase their revenues on a B2B and B2C level. Prior to going out on her own, Ms. Lima's stepping stones encompass launching PriceMatch, a cloud based RMS in the Americas as Director of Sales; Travelzoo as Senior Sales Manager, launching their calendar model; was a Market Manager with Travelocity for 5 years in the NYC market, working with hotels to grow their market share on this channel. In 2009, she received the highest award Travelocity offers as a Golden Gnome Winner. Since 2008, Ms. Lima has been working on the HSMAI Greater NYC Chapter's Marketing Committee and achieved her CRME and CHBA from HSMAI in 2012. Today, Ms. Lima is the Director of e-Commerce for HSMAI's Austin chapter as well as a member of HEDNA. She has taken her previous experience of revenue management consulting for Intelligent Hotels in addition to being part of the start-up team of the HotelFlash report, to work with hotel partners globally on how to grow their bottom line revenues. Her experience of revenue management began in the late 1990's at Loews Hotels Corporate office in NYC. Simultaneously, Ms. Lima previously ran her own catering/craft service business for the film industry while gaining her revenue management experience. Ms. Lima graduated from Schiller International University in Engelberg Switzerland with a Hospitality Management Degree and a Culinary Arts Degree from the New York Restaurant School. To contact Ms. Lima visit her website www.llconsulting.info, email loululima@gmail.com or call/text 512-645-5573. www.linkedin.com/in/loululima/

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Ms. Lima can be contacted at 512-645-5573 or loulu.lima@gmail.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.