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Ms. Mongeon

Chanel Mongeon

Assistant Chief Concierge, Marriott Chateau Champlain

Since a very young age Chanel Mongeon knew that her calling was to work amongst the public. Communicating with people had always been easy and very pleasurable for her. Fed by an insatiable curiosity in life, with time she decided to combine her passion for traveling with her desire to help people. Ms. Mongeon graduated in 2003 from the Institut de Tourisme et d`Hotellerie du Quebec (ITHQ) in Montreal. After having worked a couple of summers as a tour guide on the Amphibian-Bus Tour in Old Montreal, the experience allowed her to see the city in a different way, allowing her to refine her public speaking skills and lastly, it gave her a taste of what it was to constantly work with tourists. With curiosity & ambition came more responsibilities. Ms. Mongeon started expanding my her responsibilities, getting more involved in the marketing of the company. This allowed her to establish some important contacts in the tourism industry and was instrumental in her progression to the concierge profession. In 2004 Ms. Mongeon officially made her career move into the hotel industry, working at the Marriott Chateau Champlain for the past 8 years occupying the role of the Assistant Chef Concierge for 6 years and the role of Chef Concierge (per interim) for a year and a half. With her full time duties as Chef Concierge, she is also very involved in the local community, volunteering her time to 'Les Clefs d`Or Canada'- the association known worldwide as the symbol of outstanding and professional service. Ms. Mongeon has been a Clefs d'Or member since 2007.

Ms. Mongeon can be contacted at 5148789000221 or serviceconcierge@chateauchamplain.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.