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Ms. Orlando

Dana Orlando

General Manager, Hotel Ivy

Dana Orlando, a hospitality professional with over 19 years of hotel experience, is the current General Manager at Hotel Ivy in Minneapolis, a historic and award-winning property. With an extensive career in the hospitality industry, Michigan native Dana Orlando joins the Hotel Ivy team from previous executive roles at hotels including Director of Sales Group and Catering at The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Hotel Manager at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah, where she started as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Ms. Orlando has a successful record of applying a strategic perspective and proven expertise to develop, implement, and drive execution of initiatives that maximize operational effectiveness and profitability. A passion for building highly successful teams driving KPI growth as well as adapting to and execution against new and evolving strategies. Ms. Orlando is spearheading the operation of the historic 136-room downtown Minneapolis property. Located next to the Convention Center and just steps away from key retail areas and downtown offices, Hotel Ivy is a destination of choice for those traveling to the Twin Cities. The iconic property, which features 136 rooms, 21 luxurious suites, and a full Day Spa, also incorporates the historic Ivy Tower, which was completed in 1930 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. Ms. Orlando has received numerous distinctions in her performance, including Circle of Excellence recipient for Director of Sales and Marketing of the Year with Hilton Luxury Brands in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Ms. Orlando and her team were awarded 2013 Most Improved RevPAR Growth for Hilton Luxury Brands. She received her Master of Business Administration from University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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

Ms. Orlando can be contacted at 612-746-4600 or dana.orlando@thehotelivy.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.