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Mr. Gilley

Jeremy Gilley

Director of Sales and Revenue, Glenwood Hot Springs

Jeremy Gilley has served as Glenwood Hot Springs' director of sales and revenue since Nov. 2011. His extensive background in tourism and hospitality has helped position the mineral hot springs resort as an increasingly popular choice for domestic and international visitors seeking destinations with wellness options. Prior to arriving at Glenwood Hot Springs, Mr. Gilley was the director of revenue at the historic Hotel Colorado, another venerable Glenwood Springs property where he helped contribute to a 26 percent increase in occupancy levels. Mr. Gilley graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Since 2003, he has worked in the hospitality industry in Oklahoma and Colorado building relationships with key corporate, travel and tour companies and growing revenue through a variety of avenues including trend forecasting, yield management and marketing and budgeting strategies. His current focus is on developing business strategies aimed at international markets in Europe and Japan. “An awarding-winning spa combined with the growing interest in the benefits of mineral spring hydrotherapy has enabled Glenwood Hot Springs and the Spa of the Rockies to gain traction with a customer base that values wellness leisure travel,” said Mr. Gilley. Mr. Gilley's responsibilities encompass the entire Glenwood Hot Springs property including the 107-room Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, the Spa of the Rockies, Glenwood Hot Springs Athletic Club, the Sport Shop and the Grill. The property relies on his skills to develop sales strategies, target and initiate action plans to secure new and enhanced revenue opportunities, build community relations, as well as for promotions, special events and internal staff sales training. Mr. Gilley also acts as the marketing liaison with outside marketing and public relations firms.

Mr. Gilley can be contacted at 970-945-3324 or jgilley@hotspringspool.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.