Editorial Board   Guest Author

Ms. Shallcross

Juliana Shallcross

Founder, Trips and Giggles

Juliana Shallcross was previously the managing editor and founder of HotelChatter, Jaunted, and VegasChatter, a trio of daily websites owned by Conde Nast which chronicled the travel industry. Recently, she's been keeping tabs on the hospitality industry for several publications including Conde Nast Traveler, Frommers.com, and Tnooz.com. She's also creating daily website content for LE Miami, a contemporary travel collective which highlights global trends and shifts in high-end travel. With more than 10 years of reporting and writing experience related to hotels and travel, Ms. Shallcross has contributed her insights to several other travel publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald, Inc., CNN, BBC, and National Geographic Traveler. Additionally, Ms. Shallcross has appeared on the Conde Nast Traveler Snapchat channel, which is proving to be a fun and engaging way to show off new hotels and dynamic cities. Recognizing the surge in family travel, Ms. Shallcross created her own family travel site, Trips + Giggles, in 2013 which details travel tips, ideas, and inspiration for parents. The site also includes a useful babysitter directory for parents in need of a night off while on vacation. This directory lists babysitting agencies in more than 20 cities, all of which are licensed and certified. The directory was featured in the March 2015 issue of Redbook Magazine. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Shallcross relocated to Los Angeles in 2002 after two years in New York as a creative marketing coordinator for Random House. She earned a Master's degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California in 2004. She's still based in Los Angeles and when not traveling, writing, or editing, she's out exploring her hometown.

Please visit http://www.tripsandgiggles.com for more information.

Ms. Shallcross can be contacted at 310-721-7356 or lovetrips&giggles@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.