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Mr. Black

Jon Black

Principal Consultant, Clarabridge

Jon H. Black is a Principal Consultant within the Client Services division of Clarabridge, a SaaS customer experience management (CEM) company. Joining Market Metrix in 2011, Jon was a Statistical Analyst and a Product Manager of Analytics. In 2014, Clarabridge acquired Market Metrix. Mr. Black brought 15 years of management and statistical analysis experience from the hospitality and Internet sectors. He currently uses econometric techniques to perform leading hospitality research and predictive modeling for clients' custom studies and industry publications. Mr. Black consults closely with client executives to detail insight using their customer feedback in order to better manage and grow their businesses. Mr. Black lived 10 years in Turkey, he first became published when writing and editing for the industry/country journals The Oil and Gas Year and The Business Year. He wrote on the Banking & Finance, Oil & Gas and Tourism industries for Kurdistan, Iran, Egypt and Libya (pre-Arab Spring). In the USA, his works and analyses have been featured in the industry periodical Hotel Management, Tnooz, Scholastic News and USA Today. Mr. Black has an M.S. in Financial Economics from Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey and a B.A. in Hotel & Restaurant Administration from Washington State University. He currently lives in San Rafael, CA with his wife and twin 7-year-olds.

Mr. Black can be contacted at 415-526-4643 or Jon.Black@clarbridge.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.