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Ms. McCoy

Stevi McCoy

Co-founder, Revel Experiences

Stevi McCoy is Co-founder of Revel Experiences, an engagement marketing firm specializing in experiential solutions. Revel specializes in delivering strategic engagement solutions that drive customer loyalty and bottom line growth. Prior to founding Revel, Ms. McCoy was Executive Director at Circles, Sodexo - the leading global provider of loyalty marketing solutions. For nearly ten years, Ms. McCoy led the sales, design and execution of customer loyalty and marketing programs for key Fortune 50 financial services clients and brands such as BMW, Saks Fifth Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton and British Airways. She also led the comprehensive corporate rebranding following Sodexo's 2007 acquisition of Circles. Before joining Circles, Ms. McCoy was Senior Director of Marketing and Publicity at Madstone Films in New York, NY. At Madstone she spearheaded the field marketing efforts for a national theater chain and developed promotional and publicity campaigns for art and independent films. Ms. McCoy started her career in marketing and sales at Clicquot, Inc., a wine and spirits importer under the ultra-luxury good conglomerate Louis Vuitton Moet and Hennessy (LVMH).

Ms. McCoy can be contacted at 917-842-9467 or stevi@revelexperiences.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.