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Mr. Flores

Juan Carlos Flores

Executive Sommelier, Pueblo Bonito Hotels Resorts & Spas

Juan Carlos Flores is executive sommelier for Pueblo Bonito Hotels Resorts & Spas, a group of fine resort hotels in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Flores is the 2004 Champion Sommelier of Mexico. Winning that title at age 27, he is the youngest sommelier ever to have represented Mexico in the Concours du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde-the World's International Sommelier Competition. He was recently named Sommelier of the Year by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, and now at age 28, is the youngest sommelier ever to have achieved the Star Diamond Award. Mr. Flores was named Mexico's champion after an intense competition in Mexico City in which ten of the country's top sommeliers were invited to demonstrate their general knowledge, pairing abilities, and individual presentation styles to a panel of judges. Judging criteria included knowledge of grape varieties, microclimates, and how weather patterns and soil composition affect grape growth and production in various years, as well as the participants' command of the English and French languages and their style of presentation. Mr. Flores has a degree in hotel management and speaks fluent English, Spanish and French. He studied the French language and cuisine in Monte Carlo and served as a sommelier at the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, under the tutelage of France's 2001 sommelier champion. He also studied in Nice, France, where he earned a French sommelier diploma and worked with internationally renowned Chef Alain Ducasse at Louis XV restaurant in Monte Carlo. Extensive gastronomical travel-to vineyards, distillers, farms, gastronomical events, wine tasting exhibitions, museums and restaurants-added to his expertise with wines. During his tenure with Pueblo Bonito, Mr. Flores studied at the Culinary Institute in Napa, California, under master sommelier Tim Gaiser. As executive sommelier, Mr. Flores oversees the wine collections of Pueblo Bonito's seven resort hotels and numerous restaurants, conducts wine tastings, provides pairing recommendations and serves as wine advisor and instructor. Mr. Flores joined Pueblo Bonito Hotels Resorts & Spas in 2002. The resorts include four properties in Cabo San Lucas: Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Pueblo Bonito Ros'e, Pueblo Bonito Los Cabos and Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Holistic Retreat & Spa; two in Mazatl'an: Pueblo Bonito Mazatl'an and Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay. Samba Vallarta, an All-Inclusive Resort by Pueblo Bonito is located in Puerto Vallarta, with groundbreaking scheduled for Pueblo Bonito Punta Mita in 2006, also in Vallarta.

Mr. Flores can be contacted at jflores@pueblobonito.com.mx

Coming up in February 2019...

Social Media: Getting Personal

There Social media platforms have revolutionized the hotel industry. Popular sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Tumblr now account for 2.3 billion active users, and this phenomenon has forever transformed how businesses interact with consumers. Given that social media allows for two-way communication between businesses and consumers, the emphasis of any marketing strategy must be to positively and personally engage the customer, and there are innumerable ways to accomplish that goal. One popular strategy is to encourage hotel guests to create their own personal content - typically videos and photos -which can be shared via their personal social media networks, reaching a sizeable audience. In addition, geo-locational tags and brand hashtags can be embedded in such posts which allow them to be found via metadata searches, substantially enlarging their scope. Influencer marketing is another prevalent social media strategy. Some hotels are paying popular social media stars and bloggers to endorse their brand on social media platforms. These kinds of endorsements generally elicit a strong response because the influencers are perceived as being trustworthy by their followers, and because an influencer's followers are likely to share similar psychographic and demographic traits. Travel review sites have also become vitally important in reputation management. Travelers consistently use social media to express pleasure or frustration about their guest experiences, so it is essential that every review be attended to personally. Assuming the responsibility to address and correct customer service concerns quickly is a way to mitigate complaints and to build brand loyalty. Plus, whether reviews are favorable or unfavorable, they are a vital source of information to managers about a hotel's operational performance.  The February Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to effectively incorporate social media strategies into their businesses.