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Mr. Bharucha

Jaavid Bharucha

Corporate Director of Revenue Management, Arbor Lodging Management

Jaavid Bharucha is the Corporate Director of Revenue Management for Arbor Lodging Management, a performance-focused and innovative hotel investment and management company based in Chicago. In this role with Arbor Lodging Management, Mr. Bharucha develops and executes revenue strategies for Arbor Lodging Management. With a management portfolio of 15 hotels with 1,759 guest rooms, Arbor Lodging Management provides a fresh, thoughtful, and curated approach to hospitality services that are metrics driven, value proven, and progressive to guests, associates, and owners.

Through his career of over 12 years in the industry with revenue management experience, Mr. Bharucha brings insight from his time at Radisson Lexington and Hotel Pennsylvania in New York and The Bricton Group and TPG Hospitality in the Chicagoland area to his current role at Arbor Lodging Management. Throughout each role held, Mr. Bharucha worked directly with on-property general managers and vice presidents or sales & marketing to generate forecasts, monitor the comp set, check for movement and rate variance, and assist in development of sales plan across the board. Mr. Bharucha has been with Arbor Lodging Management for over a year, working with the team through the recent transition from NVN to Arbor Lodging Management. Mr. Bharucha brings professional know-how and tangible results hi optimizing revenues by developing revenue maximization ideas and strategies, offering services to attractions in the area, and promoting the properties through various distribution channels.

Prior to his time in the hotel space, Mr. Bharucha held a market manager position at Priceline Inc. in Chicago. Mr. Bharucha earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Travel and Hospitality Management from Hawaii Pacific University.

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

Mr. Bharucha can be contacted at +1 312-854-0540 or jbharucha@arborlodging.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.