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Ms. Buckley

Shruti Buckley

Vice President & Global Brand Manager, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Marriott International, Inc.

Shruti Buckley joined Marriott International, Inc. in 2008 as vice president and global brand manager of the Fairfield Inn & Suites brand. She has accountability for global brand strategy, brand positioning and integrity, and the guest experience for more than 700 hotels worldwide. Ms, Buckley has more than 15 years of experience in brand and business management, marketing, and strategy development across a variety of categories, including luxury cosmetics, apparel, food and toys. Prior to joining Marriott, she worked for National Geographic, leading all global marketing, public relations, product branding and international retail development efforts for the organization's Licensing division. Prior to National Geographic, Shruti held product development and brand management leadership roles at Estee Lauder, Unilever and Nestle. She also brings international experience and perspective, having lived and worked in Switzerland and Japan. Ms, Buckley is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in South East Asian Studies. Ms, Buckley and her family live in Bethesda, Maryland.

Ms. Buckley can be contacted at 301-380-7770 or ffiheadquarters@marriott.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.