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June 23, 2023

Siegel Sez

Finally, the week of dueling conferences will be here. Many of you reading this will be heading to Toronto or Las Vegas this weekend. Some will be going to both cities, but that is a bit crazy to me. Being a naturally curious person, I am tempted to head to the Toronto Airport early next Wednesday morning to see who will be on the two early morning nonstop flights from Toronto to Las Vegas on Air Canada and WestJet. It might be a challenge after the many Tuesday night parties that will be going on.

Anyway, I am glad this is a one-time thing this year only with the two shows planned in 2024 for June (HITEC) and October. A few months ago, Doug Rice did a great job looking at the two shows and got great feedback from a survey he did asking which event readers would attend. It was very heavy on HITEC attendance. In his Definitely Doug column that follows today, Doug has done a masterful job looking at the pluses and minuses of both shows.I  encourage you to take a moment and read through his column even if you aren’t attending either event. It does a great job looking at the state of the technology industry.
Hospitality Upgrade and Hotel Online will be at both events, but I will be in Toronto. I’ve been entrusted to moderate two HITEC panels on Monday so I hope you will join us. The first one is pointed toward those attending HITEC for the first time and what to expect. Isn’t it great there is a large number of first timers this year? Historically the audience for this session is half and half with first timers along with those who have been many times. I am working on a few surprises that rarely work but it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try again. We shall see. The second session I am doing is a focus on the post-pandemic travel and how things have changed along with what to expect moving forward. It is great that Anthony Melchiorri, who is famous from the Travel Channel TV show Hotel Impossible, will be joining us. Once a hotelier, always a hotelier in my book. Join us at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Monday -- we will try to make them fun and informative.
Again, I strongly encourage you to read Definitely Doug that follows. He really did a great job comparing both events. If you are attending HITEC you should follow Doug’s lead and visit some of the newer and smaller companies. Many could be the future of technology for the industry. We thank Doug for a great column along with the latest technology news that is happening. I hope wherever you are next week it’s a great week for you. It’s hard to believe July is nearly upon us. The first half of the year went quickly (my knee recovery notwithstanding). I will see you at the end with this week’s attempt at you know what. For those in the US, have a great Fourth of July weekend!

Definitely Doug

What to Look for in Las Vegas, Toronto, or Both

If you are still on the fence about which of the two competing trade shows to attend next week, then you are a master procrastinator. And if you wonder if you made the right choice, I guarantee you are not alone. But stay with me and I will try to provide some insight into whichever show(s) you plan to attend.

Each year since I have been writing this column, I have spent a few weeks prior to HITEC researching the exhibitors. I particularly focus on the first-timers, because experience tells me that is where I will find most of the interesting and potentially disruptive innovations. At the show itself, I visit as many of them as I can, to round out my initial research and to assess what is truly new and interesting. That results in my post-HITEC column.

This year will be a bit different. Much as I would like to, I cannot physically attend both HITEC and The Hospitality Show (“The Show”) without wasting too much time in what is already the busiest week of the year for me. But I have spent a lot of time studying the agenda and exhibitors of both shows, so this week’s column will be a preview comparison and guide to what to look for on the exhibit floors.

The TLDR version is: The Show has a very strong lineup of sessions and speakers and should be an excellent conference, if not all that heavily oriented to technology. HITEC has a much stronger exhibition floor if you want to see technology vendors and innovation, and has more technology content in the program.

Comparison Preview

As of last Friday, there were 334 confirmed exhibitors at HITEC (including 89 who are first-timers), and 309 for The Hospitality Show (all first-timers). A total of 73 companies are exhibiting at both shows.  Total reserved exhibit space was 58% more at HITEC than at The Show, versus only 8% more exhibitors, reflecting a larger average booth size for HITEC.

But for technologists, these raw statistics are a bit misleading. At HITEC, 92% of the exhibitors and 94% of the exhibit space is devoted to companies that provide technology. For The Show, the corresponding numbers are 48% and 49% respectively (and that’s counting some companies where technology is just a small part of their hospitality business). In fairness, The Show was never promoted as a technology show, but more of a general hotel show with a significant technology component – which it is.

At The Show, 18% of exhibits will showcase non-technology services (like brokerages, staffing agencies, tax advisory services, renovation services, and the like). Another 16% represent hotel suppliers, of everything from food to cleaning equipment to bathroom amenities. 10% offer equipment and furnishings, and 5% are hotel companies. Technology is not segregated on The Show’s exhibit floor, so a revenue management system vendor may be squeezed between an ERC tax credit advisor and a bathroom amenity supplier.


Click here to read more of Doug’s column What to Look for in Las Vegas, Toronto, or Both

Douglas Rice
Email: douglas.rice@hosptech.net
Twitter: @dougrice
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ricedouglas
What to Look for in Las Vegas, Toronto, or Both


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