The Hospitality Trade Expertise Exposition and Convention (HITEC®) celebrated its 50th Anniversary with nice success this week, internet hosting simply over 6,100 attendees on the Orange County Conference Heart in Orlando, Florida USA. Produced by Hospitality Monetary and Expertise Professionals (HFTP®), HITEC was held June 27-30. The five-decade occasion showcases the trade’s newest know-how improvements from 300+ exhibitors and supplied a top-notch schooling program with over 50 schooling classes. Spectrum Enterprise, an exhibitor and esteemed supporter of HITEC, served because the unique sponsor of the HITEC fiftieth Anniversary, becoming a member of HFTP to assist make this 12 months stand out because the particular occasion this anniversary merited.
“HITEC is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this 12 months, and its enduring presence within the hospitality know-how group is affirmation that knowledge-sharing occasions like this are important,” stated HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE, FIH. “All through these 4 days of HITEC you may really feel a optimistic buzz all through the occasion house and exhibit corridor, everybody thrilled to see one another and collect for concepts and options.”
Highlights of the occasion had been 4 distinguished Headliner classes. On the primary day was the Opening Headliner presentation by Simon T. Bailey together with his session: “Main with Spark— Create a Tradition The place Everybody Issues.” And shutting the occasion on Thursday was the “Trade CIO Panel” moderated by John Burns, president of Hospitality Expertise Consulting. He led panelists Michael Schubach, CIO of Millennium Expertise Group; Scott Strickland, CIO of Wyndham Accommodations & Resorts, Inc.; Ground Bleeker, CTO of ACCOR; Mike Rawson, CIO of citizenM. The Tuesday Headliner featured a presentation by Cheryl Cran creator of “Tremendous.Essential.Human.”
One other spotlight of the week was the Wednesday Headliner Entrepreneur 20X, solely sponsored by PROVision Companions. The beginning-up pitch competitors featured eight start-ups pitching hospitality know-how options to a panel of six judges. The winners had been introduced the next day on the Closing Headliner session. The Choose’s Selection Award, chosen by the judges panel, went to ROBOSIZE.ME and The Folks’s Selection Award, which was the favored vote, went to Beachy.
As well as, a full program of concurrent schooling classes had been offered protecting trending matters together with metaverse, cybersecurity, know-how budgeting, managing distant employment, knowledge safety and extra. One other academic alternative out there on the exhibit corridor flooring, included the favored, non-sales oriented Exhibitor Tutorials.
The exhibit corridor featured lots of of firms displaying their wide-ranging, know-how options for the hospitality trade. Exhibitors had been obsessed with this 12 months’s end result.
“Once we started to plan the roll-out of Bella, our new AI-powered voice assistant, we thought of a number of methods to introduce her to the hospitality trade,” stated exhibitor John Smallwood, president of Journey Outlook Premium Resort Name Heart. “We settled on a focused roll-out at HITEC, and it was the most effective determination we may have made. We’ve got loved assembly many new potential purchasers, and we’ve got appreciated working with the skilled and pleasant HFTP employees.”
“Our first 12 months at HITEC was fruitful and we’re already excited to be again for 2023,” stated Tina Shuli Gaut, enterprise transformation guide and Gregory Petrossian, director of gross sales, at SkyPoint Cloud. “HITEC was a incredible convention the place we had been capable of showcase our providers and product and meet instantly with hospitality operators and thought leaders on the showroom flooring. We appreciated the chance to attach with determination makers to get suggestions about our knowledge analytics options and construct significant relationships.”
Two hospitality know-how trade leaders had been acknowledged with an induction to the HFTP Worldwide Hospitality Expertise Corridor of Fame: Jeff Bzdawka, CEO at Knowland and Jeff Edwards, senior vice chairman of Property, Proprietor and Enterprise Merchandise and Platforms at InterContinental Accommodations Group (IHG). (View the presentation.) As well as, the HFTP CHTP of the Yr recipient Jason W.M. Kelly, CHAE, CHTP, who’s presently finding out for his Doctorate in Resort and Tourism Administration at The Hong Kong Polytechnic College’s Faculty of Resort and Tourism Administration was acknowledged.
HFTP is already preparing for subsequent 12 months’s HITEC Toronto scheduled for June 26-29, 2022 in Toronto, Ont. Canada. For extra details about HFTP’s occasions, go to hwww.hftp.org or contact the HFTP Conferences & Particular Occasions Division at [email protected].
View images from HITEC Orlando.
Hospitality Monetary and Expertise Professionals (HFTP®), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit affiliation headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with workplaces in United Kingdom, Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is acknowledged because the spokes group for the finance and know-how segments of the hospitality trade with a world community of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the trade’s urgent points and assists its stakeholders to find options to their challenges extra effectively than any group. HFTP presents professional networks, academic sources, profession improvement packages, analysis, management alternatives and conferences and occasions. HFTP Is the writer of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Trade (USALI). For extra details about HFTP, go to www.hftp.org. For the most recent information, go to the HFTP Information web page at information.hftp.org and the HFTP Join weblog at weblog.hftp.org.
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