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Mr. Rivera

Fernando Rivera

General Manager, Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach

Fernando Rivera brings more than 20 years of operational, sales, marketing and brand management experience to his role as General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach, the all new boutique hotel, located in the heart of Miami's most dynamic neighborhood, Sunset Harbour.

Previously with esteemed downtown Miami property Kimpton EPIC Hotel where Mr. Rivera served as both Hotel Manager and Director of Sales, his high energy, customer-oriented management style has led to success at every turn. He continues to be an innovative and detail-oriented leader, able to work in fast-paced and high-pressure environments with confidence, passion and integrity.

Mr. Rivera also held Sales & Marketing positions at Mayfair Hotel & Spa in Miami, HPN Global, Grand Hyatt New York, Hyatt Regency Miami and Intercontinental Hotel Miami.

Throughout his work at various hotels, Mr. Rivera showcased his ability to come up with high quality and engaging creative programming and partnerships, which elevated the hotel guest journey on property. A well-respected manager, he gets the job done while simultaneously teaching and mentoring staff and creating new strategies to minimize employee turnover.

Mr. Rivera has always looked to expand his horizons and learn more in his field, including attending a two-week course from Cornell Asset Management in Singapore in 2008. He has a full operational background in the hospitality sphere, having previously worked front office, food and beverage, sales, marketing, brand management and revenue departments. Mr. Rivera will oversee Kimpton Hotel Palomar South Beach's daily operations, personnel, business development and guest relations when it opens in 2020.

Please visit http://www.hotelpalomar-southbeach.com/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fernando-rivera-a644695

Mr. Rivera can be contacted at +1 305-812-7882 or fernando.rivera@hotelpalomar.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.