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Mr. Minett

Dean Minett

Founder/Director, Minett Consulting

Dean Minett has been a part of the Australian hotel landscape for nearly 40 years when he first started as a teenager at Melbourne's prestigious Southern Cross Hotel.

After a rapid rise in the hotel Mr. Minett became the youngest ever GM of a five star hotel in Australia, opening the Southern Cross Sydney. Since that time Mr. Minett has managed, led or consulted to hotels, restaurants, resorts and casinos throughout Australia including many years as Country General Manager, Australia, for the world's largest owner/operator of serviced apartments.

Mr. Minett's experience gives him an unparalleled perspective in the industry, with a range and depth not seen elsewhere. Since 2012, this experience has been utilized by owners, developers, managers and investors who have all drawn on his expertise to develop, manage or improve their properties, whether hotels, casinos, resorts, or serviced apartments.

Mr. Minett now supports clients at every stage of hotel development, from site assessment and property design through to operator selection and ongoing asset management.

Mr. Minett is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in addition to his commercial work has served on numerous boards and committees including William Angliss Institute, Victoria University, Australian Hotels Association and the Hotel Motel and Accommodation Association.

Mr. Minett has judged for both state and national awards and was recognized as a Legend of Tourism by Tourism Training Australia. He is the co-author of two best-selling industry texts and is a regular blogger/author and a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Please visit http://www.minettconsulting.com.au for more information.

Mr. Minett can be contacted at +61 403052090 or dean@minettconsulting.com.au

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.