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Ms. Stevens

Piper Stevens

Director of Social Media, Loews Hotels & Resorts

Piper Stevens is the Director of Social Media at Loews Hotels & Resorts, where she leads the development and management of strategic social media initiatives. She is responsible for driving revenue growth through social commerce and amplifying the brand positioning via social conversation. Prior to Loews Hotels, Ms. Stevens spent several years at Godiva Chocolatier, in various Marketing roles, most recently she was Senior Manager of Brand Communications overseeing multi-channel marketing plans and integrated communication efforts including a Social Media platform that she launched in September 2010. She began her career in Marketing as Product Manager for Rubbermaid Home Products. Ms. Stevens graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing from Miami University. She enjoys running, writing and traveling and resides in New York City with her husband Sean.

Ms. Stevens can be contacted at 212-521-2585 or pstevens@loewshotels.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.