HX: The Hotel Experience — Rooms to Restaurants will expand its technology presentations when the annual show, now 100 years old, opens Nov. 7-9 at the Javits Center in Manhattan.
One of the most visible tech improvements will be the addition of HX: TECH, a 1,100 square foot tantalizing hub for experiencing new products and hearing new ideas. Team HX: TECH will lead hands-on training, demo new products and enlighten on such topics as evaluating web presence, going paperless, social media for events, mobile apps, revenue management, meeting design, productivity and more.
“A single place for hospitality technology with real depth and breadth hasn’t existed before HX:TECH,” says Anthony G. Mangano, President Syramada Hotel Corp. (Syracuse, NY) and chairman of the board for HX 2015. “It’s more than a new product showcase, it’s a fully-staffed resource.”
HX: TECH will feature a TECHbar where attendees can bring their own device (BYOD), ask their tech and app questions and quickly receive answers and new solutions. Attendees can also experience the latest in tech wearables such as VR googles, MYO and gestured-based tech, smart watches and virtual keyboards.
“We’ve invested so that attendees can get real-time solutions from tech experts that understand hospitality as well as have their fingers on the pulse of practical technology solutions and future tech trends,” says Mangano. Technology companies are the fastest growing segment of new exhibitors at this largest hospitality tradeshow in North America, he points out.
HX 2015’s conference program includes such topics as:
The imperative of creative culture in fostering technology innovation – a substantive examination of how the hospitality industry’s traditional structures often hamper the very technological innovations and ideation they’re seeking, presented by Georgetown University – Master’s of Hospitality Management Program and Marco Bienvenuti, co-founder and chief analytics & product officer, Duetto.
Staying ahead of the disruptors in an evolving digital landscape – a provocative look at the new normal of shared economy concepts such as AirBnB and Uber, presented by Dr. Erich Joachimsthaler, CEO & founder, Vivaldi Partners Group.
Exploring hospitality’s most intriguing macro trends with Dahlia El Gazzar, CEO and founder of The Meeting Pool.
Tech Trend Report for a broader look at global tech innovations, offered by team HX: TECH.
Even the practical considerations of recharging devices and refreshing data have been integrated in a unique way at HX 2015. Attendees have comfortable charging stations, live support for the event’s mobile app and a chance to attend mini tech-ed sessions throughout their stay.
All HX tech offerings are included in the one-time HX registration fee of $30 through October 12, 2015, and $50 thereafter. For more information and registration, visit the HX website at http://www.thehotelexperience.us.