The brightest minds in hospitality technology will gather under one roof this month at HITEC Houston! Over the course of 4 days, hundreds of the world’s leading technology companies will have the chance to network and learn what’s next for the industry during peer-led educational sessions. Amadeus is a proud exhibitor at this year’s event and is sponsoring several of the speaking engagements. Check out the descriptions of the sessions below, and make sure to join us for some interesting thought leadership!
Monday, June 18th 9:45 – 10:45 AM
Meeting Room 360-A
“Independent Hotel in a Big Box World”
More and more travelers are staying at authentic and local boutique hotels. However, independent or boutique hotels still have to compete with the big box brands that have larger staff and budgets. Some smaller hotels feel the pressure to cut the cost of room rates if a larger hotel chain moves in on their turf. Learn success strategies for independent hotels to thrive in a big box world.
James Bina,CHAE+, CHTP, is corporate controller at Rosen Hotels & Resorts, Inc.
Kerryn Abel, Director of Hotel Operations at Vdara Hotel & Spa.
Tuesday, June 19th 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Meeting Room 360-A
“How Do You Integrate New Technology Into Legacy Systems?”
A legacy system integration project needs to take a number of factors into account. There are both cost and competitive challenges in maintaining legacy systems. When integrating new technology, the key is to fit the integration type to the particular business need that underlies the project. Learn challenges and strategies to prepare for an upgrade to your organization’s legacy system.
Amitava Chatterjee is a managing director at Deloitte Digital.
Siva Kantamneni is principal/partner, travel hospitality and leisure at Deloitte Digital.
Wednesday, June 20th 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Meeting Room 351-D
“Millennials Reshaping the Industry”
Who are millennial travelers and what do they like? The millennial traveler, born between 1980 and 2000, already makes up over one third of the world’s hotel guests, with predictions that they will reach over 50 percent by 2020. Active in social media and Internet technology, empowered with mobile devices, this savvy group wants better value when they travel and expect premium services, as well as individualized experiences. Strategies for catering to hotel guests (millennials) will be revealed – if you are buying technology today, it needs to be relevant for at least five to seven years before replacing it. Understand millennials’ point-of-view on hospitality technology and what they want to see. Learn how the industry is evolving to meet the demands of this up-and-coming group.
Moderator: Neal Patel is managing partner at Blue Chip Hotels.
Miraj Patel is president and CEO for Mirage Hospitality.
Neil Foster, CHTP, is IT Consultant at Tech-Tonic Hospitality Services.
Are you heading to HITEC Houston? Schedule time to meet with us!