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Mr. Johnson

Brian Johnson

Managing Director, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Brian Johnson is the Managing Director of the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, the 398-room award-winning property nestled in the Santa Catalina Foothills in Tucson, Ariz. His extensive experience in the hotel industry includes serving as general manager of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Fla., and various management roles in hotels including the Regent Las Vegas, Scottsdale Princess, Resort at Squaw Creek, Sheraton Grande Torrey Pines and several of the Sheraton Hotels on Harbor Island. Johnson received a Bachelor's Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and an MBA in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing from National University in San Diego, California. He currently serves as the Arizona representative for the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA), and is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC). He also is an executive board member of both the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) and the Southern Arizona Lodging and Resort Association (SALARA). Amongst his many accolades are Hotel of the Year 2009 and General Manager of the Year 2008 from Loews Hotels and Resorts, Father of the Year from the Tucson Father's Day Council in 2007, and Hotelier of the Year 2006 award from the Arizona Hotel and Lodging Association.

Mr. Johnson can be contacted at 520-529-7900 or bjohnson@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.