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February 10, 2023

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Industry consultants, Visual Matrix partners and Rich Siegel were all in attendance at the first ever Visual Matrix Townsquare. Lots of smiles at the closing night dinner!

I started my career as a hotelier, and I always share that my favorite job of all time was working the front desk of a hotel. I treated every guest as a new audience, and it was fun. I bring this up because of all the events I attend throughout the year my favorite events are users’ groups. I was recently at the Infor Hospitality Summit in San Antonio and other than it being 27 degrees it was a great event. I just love talking to those who work in hotels, hearing their stories and sharing some of mine. They had a diverse crowd, and I heard such amazing conversations. I thank Infor for inviting me. After San Antonio I was off to Key West, Florida, for an interesting meeting with many of the top industry consultants. This event was put on by Visual Matrix to share its company story. They also had a great crowd, and it was fun to connect with so many people who I hadn’t seen in quite a while. I thank Visual Matrix for inviting me. I learned a great deal from their presentation but also the goings-on in the industry from all the consultants’ stories. Yes, I live for face-to-face meetings. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am Zoomed out!
Speaking of face-to-face meetings, for the tech world many discussions are still about the conflicting shows in June -- with HITEC and The Hospitality Show both occurring over the same week. In early January, Doug Rice in his column that follows, rattled some cages by creating a survey as to where the industry was going, and which show people are planning to attend. His Definitely Doug column that follows is a great read with little surprises -- that those in the tech world will mostly be at HITEC -- but his explanation why is very interesting. Take a couple of minutes to read through and let me know your thoughts at rich@hospitalityupgrade.com.
Do you ever put yourself into a situation where the anticipated excitement gets a bit overwhelming? When Hospitality Upgrade started the Executive Vendor Summit, inviting the leaders of the vendor community together 18 years ago, we never would have guessed how it would keep growing. But if you think about it as a hotelier, your life is so much easier when the various technology solutions installed all work well together. The same goes for those who supply the solutions and bringing the vendors together to explore who they should be working with. This is a big part of EVS. If you are a vendor and have never been to EVS, please email kim@hospitalityupgrade.com immediately. The EVS is a thank you for our customers and we throw in a bit of fun also. Please check out the smiles in this 30-second video along with seeing who attends. New Orleans, here we come, March 29-31.
Here now is Definitely Doug and his look at the survey results for the upcoming June shows along with the latest happenings in the hotel tech world. I will see you at the end with this week’s attempt at you-know-what. Fly Eagles Fly, that is all I am going to say! 😊

Definitely Doug

Planning for June

The question I have heard most often in recent months is “where are you going in the last week of June?”. As most readers are aware, two trade shows featuring hotel technology are scheduled during the same dates that week. Many of you are still undecided which to attend. Knowing that your decision will be based at least in part on where others are going (hoteliers and exhibitors both), I decided to try to get some real data that I could share.

So, in my first blog of 2023, I asked readers to complete a brief anonymous survey about plans to attend the competing shows – HITEC (organized by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals) and The Hospitality Show (organized by American Hotel & Lodging Association and Questex). Many thanks to those of you who completed the survey. I promised to publish the results, so here they are.

First, some caveats. The survey was publicized only to readers of this blog. Like every survey, it has sampling biases, some of which we can identify and others that may remain hidden. Readers of this blog likely align quite closely with HITEC attendees, many of whom would also be natural attendees of The Hospitality Show. But the latter is also targeting operational hotel executives as well as some non-technology products. These are likely underrepresented in my readership and therefore in the survey sample. To the extent that’s true, the poll is likely a better measure of the feelings of past HITEC attendees than of potential attendees of The Hospitality Show.

There were 141 responses in total, enough for statistical significance not only for the totals, but for many subsets, including those cited here. 32% of respondents were employed by hospitality companies, 50% by vendors or other exhibitors, and 18% by neither (this would include consultants, investors, educators, media, association staff, and others). While I do not have definitive statistics, this seems roughly in line with the mix of HITEC attendees I have experienced over the years.

I will make the detailed responses available to the organizers of both events on request, in the hopes that it can help them make useful adjustments that will improve the events. I can also provide the responses to others who have a credible use.



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