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Mr. Ritten

Hans Ritten

General Manager, Loews Chicago O'Hare

As general manager, Hans. Ritten oversees Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel, located in Rosemont, IL, just outside downtown Chicago. The property features 556 guest rooms and 60 suites, 53,000 square feet of stylish meeting space, a live music and comedy venue - The Montrose Room, a gastropub - The Ashburn, an on-site art gallery, and a fully equipped fitness center.

 

Mr. Ritten has over 25 years of experience with both branded and independent luxury hotels in airport, suburban, convention, and resort destinations. Most recently, Mr. Ritten was general manager of Omni Hotel Chicago where he was involved with a complete room renovation in 2015, improved Medallia ranking within Omni hotels from number 28 to number 4 - including a number 1 ranking in Food & Beverage in 2016, and improved year-over-year RevPAR index in both 2015 and 2016.

 

Prior to Omni Hotel Chicago, Mr. Ritten was general manager of The Silversmith Hotel, a four diamond, independent luxury boutique hotel in downtown Chicago. His extensive experience including overseeing hotels and resorts as general manager, in addition to Rooms Division and Food & Beverage includes One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach, FL; Kansas City Airport Marriott in Kansas City, MO, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD; and Interstate Hotel and Resorts in Orlando, FL.

 

Mr. Ritten hails from The Netherlands, is a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, and lives with his wife and teenage son in the suburbs of Chicago.

 

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

Mr. Ritten can be contacted at 847-544-5300 or hans.ritten@loewshotels.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.