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Mr. Ritten

Hans Ritten

General Manager, Loews Chicago O'Hare

As general manager, Hans. Ritten oversees Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel, located in Rosemont, IL, just outside downtown Chicago. The property features 556 guest rooms and 60 suites, 53,000 square feet of stylish meeting space, a live music and comedy venue - The Montrose Room, a gastropub - The Ashburn, an on-site art gallery, and a fully equipped fitness center.

 

Mr. Ritten has over 25 years of experience with both branded and independent luxury hotels in airport, suburban, convention, and resort destinations. Most recently, Mr. Ritten was general manager of Omni Hotel Chicago where he was involved with a complete room renovation in 2015, improved Medallia ranking within Omni hotels from number 28 to number 4 - including a number 1 ranking in Food & Beverage in 2016, and improved year-over-year RevPAR index in both 2015 and 2016.

 

Prior to Omni Hotel Chicago, Mr. Ritten was general manager of The Silversmith Hotel, a four diamond, independent luxury boutique hotel in downtown Chicago. His extensive experience including overseeing hotels and resorts as general manager, in addition to Rooms Division and Food & Beverage includes One Ocean Resort & Spa in Atlantic Beach, FL; Kansas City Airport Marriott in Kansas City, MO, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD; and Interstate Hotel and Resorts in Orlando, FL.

 

Mr. Ritten hails from The Netherlands, is a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Illinois Hotel and Lodging Association, and lives with his wife and teenage son in the suburbs of Chicago.

 

Please visit http://www.loewshotels.com for more information.

Mr. Ritten can be contacted at 847-544-5300 or hans.ritten@loewshotels.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.