Congratulations to Hilton’s Mark Southern, and Vince Barrett from New Castle Hotels & Resorts, for being named Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the AH&LA’s F&B Committee, effective January 1, 2016. The announcement was made during the recent F&B Committee meeting at the Knickerbocker in New York City, which coincided with the HX – The Hotel Experience show.
Southern is director, F&B product development & brand services for Hilton’s focused service brands, while Barrett is VP of F&B at New Castle Hotels & Resorts. Southern says one of his goals as Chair is to “focus on the visibility of food and beverage in the hotel industry more broadly . . . and to make sure that we are in position [as an industry] to get our fair share of the dining dollar.”
Also discussed during the meeting were the latest results from the F&B STAR Report from Smith Travel Research (STR); and the formation of a new subcommittee to tackle the problem of food waste in the hotel industry. The F&B Committee’s next meeting is scheduled for May, 2016, in Chicago during the National Restaurant Association show. We’ll have much more about STR’s F&B STAR Report in Hotel F&B‘s upcoming January/February issue.