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Mr. Nielsen

Andrew Nielsen

General Manager, The Current Hotel, Autograph Collection

Andrew Nielsen brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience to Current Hotel, where he holds the role of General Manager. Originally from Napa Valley, California, he attended San Diego St. University. Growing up in an area famous for wine production, celebrity restaurateurs and world-class cuisine, Mr. Nielsen developed a passion for the industry and graduated with a degree in business.

Following graduation, Mr. Nielsen began his career as general manager and director of operations for multiple four-star restaurants in Napa Valley and San Francisco, including Mustards Grill, Tra Vigne, Betelnut and Fog City. His roots in the hospitality industry begin with his family's involvement in the wine business in Napa, where he achieved the Advanced Sommelier certification.

This certification involves passing a series of course-specific exams such as blind tasting tests and global wine knowledge assessments. Acquired through the Guild of the Court of Master Sommeliers, the Advanced Sommelier certification is just one level from Master Sommelier, the most prestigious and highest level of wine certification in the world.

In 2002, Mr. Nielsen moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to work for Loews Hotels at the historic Don Cesar Beach Resort, before moving to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, where he served as the director of food & beverage for seven years. He returned to Florida in 2013 to be the general manager at The Club Treasure Island and Pasadena Golf and Country Club, where he worked for six years.

Following his stint at the country club, Mr. Nielsen was the general manager at the Kimpton Hotel Zamora on St. Pete Beach.

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

Mr. Nielsen can be contacted at +1 813-281-2545 or andrew.nielsen@thecurrenthotel.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.