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Mr. Aquino

George Aquino

Vice President/Managing Director, AHC+ Hospitality

George Aquino, vice president/managing director for AHC+ Hospitality, is a veteran hotelier with a long-standing passion for travel and hospitality. Through his tenure at AHC+, he has overseen the development and growth of the brand as well as domestic and international property operations.

Mr. Aquino has been a member of the AHC+ Hospitality team for 27 years, when he first served as director of operations at the historic Amway Grand Plaza. He then progressed to the role of general manager of the JW Marriott Grand Rapids; under his management, the luxury property received the "Opening of the Year" Award from Marriott International. In 2013, Aquino was promoted to vice president/managing director for AHC+ Hospitality.

Mr. Aquino's career took-off quickly, from his beginnings as a busboy at the elegant Le Ciel Bleu atop the Mayfair Regent Chicago and progressing to the role of director of food & beverage. Within five years, he was appointed general manager at Peter Island Resort and Spa in the British Virgin Islands.

Engrained in the Grand Rapids community, Mr. Aquino is the opening board chair for the Grand Rapids Downtown Market and has served on the Board of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. He was the 2010 and 2011 campaign chair for the Heart of West Michigan United Way. In 2012, he was recipient of the Father of the Year Award by the American Diabetes Association.

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

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-aquino-815001b5/

Mr. Aquino can be contacted at +1 616-776-6459 or gaquino@ahchospitality.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.