HX: The Hotel Experience Powered by AAHOA Celebrates Inventive Manufacturers with 2017 TECHPitch and Editor’s Choice Awards in New York City

  • HX: The Hotel Experience Powered by AAHOA
  • 11.16.17
HX: The Hotel Experience Powered by AAHOA—Rooms to Restaurants, announced the winners of the Editor’s Choice Awards and TECHPitch during the Nov. 12-13, 2017 show held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Five exhibitors received Editor’s Choice Awards recognizing best new products within the categories of food and beverage, foodservice equipment, guest amenities, hotel products and technology. From the five winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award also was selected. 
The 2017 Editor’s Choice Awards winners are:
FOOD & BEVERAGE: Amenity Services (Tustin, Calif.) With its state-of-the-art sleek stainless design, easy and engaging digital display with over 80 drink options including cappuccinos, lattes, mochaccinos, coffee, espresso, tea and hot chocolate, the CafeXpress Touch uses soft pods which are plastic-free, 100 perecnt biodegradable and packaged in compostable material at a certified green plant.
FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT: Vulcan (Louisville, Ky.) Low Water Energy (LWE) steamer is the only generator-based Energy Star steamer in its class. Exclusive smart steam control regulates steam production to minimize excess steam reducing energy usage by 50 percent and water consumption by 90 percent versus traditional units with no sacrifice in cook times.
GUEST AMENITIES: Publix Super Market (Lakeland, Fla.) Publix Delivery, powered by Instacart, gets the items your guests want, in their hands, when they want them. A flexible, easy to use online service where Publix groceries are delivered to a guest’s door within hours so they can start enjoying their vacation right away.
HOTEL PRODUCTS: AquaVault (Aventura, Fla.) FlexSafe is the secure solution that keeps your phone, wallet, money, and other essential items safe from would-be thieves. The FlexSafe is cut-resistant and includes RFID blocking material to help keep your digital assets secure. The integrally locking flap allows it to lock on almost any fixed object. It is also flexible and easily packable in even the smallest carry-on.  
TECHNOLOGY: Media Carrier (New York, N.Y.) Media Box brings digital versions of newspapers and magazines from publishing houses to the screens of all internet-enabled devices. The Media Box is web-based and contains publications from 44 countries in 29 languages. Thanks to electronic distribution, the latest editions are available instantly.
The Kenneth F. Hine “BEST OF SHOW” Award was presented to Media Carrier for Media Box. 
Editors from several industry trade publications served as judges for the 22nd Editor’s Choice Awards including Hospitality Upgrade’s own Kris Burnett. 
The 3rd annual TECHPitch winner was ALICE (New York, NY), it is a cloud-based platform that unifies your staff and guests to seamlessly handle any request—whether it's in-room dining or a broken AC unit. ALICE is a tool that empowers staff to be the best versions of themselves so they can be more efficient with their daily internal tasks and flawless in their guest service.
As winner of TECHpitch, ALICE will receive a free 10x10 booth at HX 2018.
TECHPitch allowed six finalists—all HX exhibitors—to showcase their unique products in a presentation with the winner chosen by a panel of judges made up of hospitality industry thought leaders:  Valerie Ferguson – director of hotels & resorts experience planning & integration, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Deanna Ting – hospitality editor, Skift and Vijay Dandapani – president & CEO Hotel Association of NYC.
For more information about HX, its competition winners, and the overall show, visit www.thehotelexperience.com.

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