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Mr. Barrett

Johnny Barrett

Business Growth , GoSpacely

Johnny Barrett knows how to produce results by rounding-up great teams and helping them identify and achieve measurable goals. Colleagues describe him as an "out-of-the-box" type of person with creativity and integrity. He is a persuasive leader with a strong vision and excellent integration skills. He possesses the ability to quickly assess market changes and respond to competitive pressures in the industry. Mr. Barrett helps develop technologies and methodologies that are focused on how to leverage technology as a profitable part of Immersive Experiential Marketing in the Hospitality Industry. During his tenure, Mr. Barrett has worked with a wide spectrum of properties - from large Las Vegas properties to boutique and independently owned hotels and resorts. Mr. Barrett describes Immersive Marketing as an all-encompassing experience where the guests guide their own experience across user-friendly technologies. Guest engagement is the key of Experiential Marketing. Mr. Barrett has identified marketing trends that focus on challenging the status-quo, where guests get engaged in a more dynamic interactive experience. This marketing practice has led to increased guest bookings through positive customer exposure. Prior to GoSpacely, Mr. Barrett enjoyed over thirty years in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development in the high technology industry. Mr. Barrett received many awards for growth and development within the Fortune 500 world. He worked with many innovative organizations, world-wide, which recognized his ability to move a concept into reality with profitable results. Mr. Barrett attributes his success to applying solid business practices - market research, product development, sales, and marketing resource deployment - with a high level of creativity. Mr. Barrett is often found as a public speaker sharing ideas on topics ranging from business growth to the practical application of technology in social media. He is a highly respected member of the SCORE National Marketing Committee in Washington, DC. His latest venture at GoSpacely is the development of a cutting edge immersive experience for Internet and mobile users alike. He is continually involved in understanding guest experiences and factors that drive guest engagement.

Mr. Barrett can be contacted at 303-829-7784 or Johnny@GoSpacely.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.