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Mr. Rodriguez

Antonio Rodriguez

Executive Chef, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

Antonio Rodriguez has been an Executive Chef for more than 12 years and is currently the Executive Chef of Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa since January 2013. He served as Executive Chef of Hotel Galvez and Spa in Galveston, Texas, from February 2011 to January 2013. In addition to his skill development from his many years in Sous Chef and Executive Sous Chef positions, his culinary training is supported through course and certification courses from the Culinary Institute of America and the American Culinary Federation. Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa is an award-winning resort known for unparalleled cuisine - from GOLD overlooking the city to the casual Lookout Bar & Grille, from elegant wedding dinners to simple cowboy cookouts. GOLD offers a new and contemporary culinary adventure. The menu concept blends fresh and innovative contemporary American cuisine with a touch of desert-inspired flavor. The Lookout Bar & Grille is a more casual dining choice with a lighter menu, easygoing atmosphere and stunning views. The cuisine features comfort food with a contemporary twist. Since 2010, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa has been named an AAA Four Diamond Award® recipient each year, which honors the hotel for its commitment to excellence throughout the entire property, including GOLD restaurant, the resort's extensive array of amenities, guest services and its attention to detail.

Mr. Rodriguez can be contacted at 800-722-2500 or anrodriguez@wyndham.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.