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Siegel Sez

October 16, 2020

Siegel Sez

I took three flights last week and, yes, they were all horse related. I flew three legs on three airlines-- Southwest, Jet Blue and Delta. After meeting with friends who flew American and United all I can say is stick to the three I mentioned. I can’t believe other airlines are packing people in. The three I flew all kept the middle seats empty and if you were lucky enough to get upgraded to first class on Delta they kept the seat next to you unoccupied. Maybe I am overreacting, but if our ultimate goal is to get people flying and staying in hotels again it helps knowing that some airlines are doing what they can to make passengers feel safe.
As Doug mentions in his Definitely Doug column that follows this opening, this is our last Siegel Sez before HITEC. If you are a vendor of technology, then you might be living a dream of sorts at Cyber HITEC if there are thousands of attendees, which I expect there will be. Cyber HITEC 2020 will be very different this year but who knows, maybe some positive things will be coming out of it. I am always honored to be asked to do sessions and this year I am doing two. The panels I’m doing are not about technology though it is discussed. The panels are all about leadership and what leaders look for when building teams, and what professionals should be aware of when they pursue careers in the industry. I have done two sessions, one from the vendor side and one from the hotel side. Yes, they were recorded, and I forgot there is no editing, so two minutes into the first one I screwed up big time. If that is the worst thing that happens to me, I can live with that. The sessions are on Tuesday and Wednesday October 27 and October 28, so we hope to see you there in the Hospitality Upgrade Theatre. How cool is it to have a theatre named for our company! I remind you that all our panelists will be live at the conclusion of their sessions to answer questions. To check out the Cyber HITEC schedule go to www.cyberhitec.com. Again, read Doug’s column regarding the good and bad of having HITEC virtual this year. My hope remains that it’s for this year only!      
I want to thank Jonas Chorum for inviting me to its Consultants and Industry Influencers get-together this week. The company had its last similar meeting 16 months ago in Phoenix. This week it was virtual as everything else is nowadays. Jonas Chorum did a nice job sharing both the highs and lows from the past 16 months. Many of the industry’s top consultants were there and I must give a shout out to John Burns who during the Q&A session brought up one of Doug’s columns from here on Siegel Sez. It was nice to know that everyone at the meeting had also read it. We thank everybody who reads Hotel Online and shares it with others. It is appreciated.
Here now is Definitely Doug with a unique look at the upcoming Cyber HITEC. He brings up some great points, and trust me, he isn’t the only one who will be looking even with COVID-19 hanging over our heads. I will see you at the end of the news with this week’s attempt at you-know-what. Look for Hospitality Upgrade and Hotel Online at Cyber HITEC in the virtual exhibitor’s hall.

See you at Cyber HITEC!


Definitely Doug

This Year’s Odd HITEC Pilgrimage

This is the last issue of Siegel Sez before this year’s CYBER HITEC event. HITEC is an event I have not missed in 30 years, and historically it has always been a great place to find innovation.

This year’s virtual event will be different. No one knows quite what to expect. I hope that the extended format (a month to absorb it all!) and low registration fees will drive good attendance despite all the staff reductions in the industry.

For the traditional HITEC format, I usually spent a solid week each June planning my activities. I researched the new exhibitors extensively. I watched the press releases to see what the established technology companies were going to be promoting. I tried to gauge the year’s trends and hot buttons, as well as to identify new technology ideas that might be appearing for the first time. I reviewed the educational sessions to see which ones I wanted to attend. I made a list of the exhibitors I wanted to see. I requested appointments with some, and I developed a plan to use my time on the trade show floor as effectively as possible.

This year I started a similar planning process, knowing it would be different, but quickly concluded it was not simply different, but VASTLY different. In some ways better, in some ways worse. I want to share some thoughts on what I learned and how I plan to get the most out of CYBER HITEC.

First, I think the HITEC Advisory Council has done a really great job pulling together some interesting sessions. Unlike every other HITEC, the sessions will be recorded and available for registered attendees to view for a month afterwards. This is great; one of my biggest frustrations with the physical show was that there was simply not enough time to do everything. Even if your first priority was the educational sessions, you might often find that two or even three of the sessions you most wanted to attend were scheduled at the same time, or conflicted with the only time someone was available for an important meeting. For many of us whose schedules are packed to the gills from 7am well into the evening every day, this is a real plus. There may not be as much interaction between the audience and speakers as in the past, but I can live with that tradeoff.

While many attendees go for the education, for others like me the most important part of HITEC is the ability to walk the trade show floor, find interesting new products, and meet the people and technologies behind them. In recent years I spent most of my show-floor time visiting the tiny booths scattered around the remote reaches of the exhibit hall or in the E20x pavilion; these are where the new entrants are most often to be found. That part will be quite different this year – in some ways better, in some ways worse. I have yet to attend a real virtual trade show of comparable size, but from what I have seen, there will be pluses and minuses.

Douglas Rice
Email: douglas.rice@hosptech.net
Twitter: @dougrice
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ricedouglas/


- Allbridge and Ipanema Solutions Merge to Simplify Technology Implementation for Hotels
Allbridge, the leading provider of data, video, and voice technologies for hospitality and senior living properties, is pleased to announce that they have merged with Ipanema Solutions (“Ipanema”), a provider of technology engineering, systems design, and project management for new build hotels.
www.allbridge.com    www.ipanemahospitality.com


- Lee Kramer Promoted to Director of Sales & Revenue Growth for NextPax Inc
NextPax Inc, a leader in channel management, is pleased to announce that Lee Kramer has been promoted to Director of Sales & Revenue Growth. In his new role, Kramer will manage the sales and revenue growth for NextPax in the Americas.

- Renie Cavallari Wins Silver Lifetime Achievement Stevie® Award for Women in Business
“Outrageous! A Dynamo! A Change Innovator!” These are some ways people refer to Aspire and The RCI Institute’s Founder & Chief Instigator, Renie Cavallari, who has brought imaginative, innovative, & productive change to the international business community. This is what has led Renie and Aspire, a global sales training, strategic consulting, and leadership development firm, to their 15th consecutive Stevie® Award.


- A-List Osthoff Resort Positions for Travel Restart; Selects Maestro PMS During Industry Pause for Guest-Focused Mobile Services and Integrated Operations
Data mining and analytics, touchless operations, and robust third-party integrations are enabling personalized guest service, spa productivity.


- U.S. Hotel Industry in Plateau: SiteMinder Reveals the Five Stages of the Hotel Booking Reset
A new report by SiteMinder, the global hotel industry’s leading guest acquisition platform, reveals that five stages lay ahead of the world’s almost one million accommodation providers until their booking cycle resets into a different normal.


- Infor Unveils New Cloud-Based Revenue Management Functionality for Hoteliers
- IDeaS and Host Hotel Systems Implement Two-Way Data Integration
- Introducing MAX™, An Interactive Hotel Revenue Performance Platform
- Suitcase Hospitality Group Optimizes Revenue Management with Infor


For more information on Revenue Management & Analytics for 10/16/2020


- Nomadix Casting Enables Guests to Personalize Their In-Room Entertainment Experience
​​Nomadix Inc​., a technology leader in hospitality and MDU, today announced its new cost-effective solution Nomadix Casting, which enables guests to choose the content they want to watch and cast it with their devices directly to the in-room TV.

- Hotel Metro Milwaukee Adopts Latest in Content Casting Abilities with BeyondTV by Hotel Internet Services While Ensuring Seamless Guest Wi-Fi Connectivity
Hotel Internet Services (HIS), a full-service provider of internet services and solutions for the hospitality industry, has partnered with Hotel Metro Milwaukee, Autograph Collection to provide the latest in guestroom entertainment abilities via the implementation of BeyondTV in addition to ensuring that guest online needs are fully met with an advanced Wi-Fi network upgrade.

- Hôtel de Verbier Partners with INTELITY to Enhance Their In-Room Guest Experience
The luxury Swiss property is supplying guests with brand new in-room tablets for a completely seamless guest stay.


- Zoox Smart Data Continues Rapid Global Expansion with New North America Headquarters
Zoox Smart Data “Zoox” is pleased to announce the expansion of its global operations with the establishment of its North America headquarters in the Atlanta metropolitan area. This move is part of a strategic global growth initiative that will allow Zoox to more effectively address the international hospitality and travel market with its established solution that provides unmatched visibility into guest preferences and behaviors.

- GCommerce’s Performance-Based Fee Model Increases Website Production by 20% for Luxury Santa Barbara Hotel
The GCommerce team also created compelling content for the Hotel Californian website in order to keep the property top of mind during COVID-19.

- Driving Revenue and Digital Guest Journeys Using Salesforce and Real-time Guest Data
Hapi's CRM Connector App for Salesforce is powering up the customer journey and helping drive revenue through smarter marketing.


- Aptech + Zaru Driving Operational Efficiencies, Streamlining Invoice Processing for Hotels
Aptech, the industry standard for hospitality financial management, has partnered with Zaru, a company providing automated invoice processing solutions for hospitality businesses across North America. The integration partnership is enabling hotel accountants to receive critical invoice information accurately and efficiently while eliminating paper, removing manual data entry errors, and capturing cost savings.
www.aptech-inc.com    www.zaruapp.com

- Oliver Companies Partners with ProfitSword to Enhance Company Growth and Stability Using Latest in Business Intelligence and Forecasting Technology
ProfitSword, one of hospitality's premier developers of business intelligence and data integration software, has been selected by Oliver Companies, Inc. to provide each of its hotel locations with the industry's ultimate in business and market performance insight with the implementation of ProfitSage.


- ALICE and Vocera Partner to Improve Hotel Communication and Workflows
ALICE, a leading hospitality operations and management platform, now integrates with the hands-free Vocera Badge and Vocera Smartbadge from Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a leader in communication and workflow solutions. Interoperability between ALICE and these intelligent mobile devices enables hotels around the world to improve operational efficiency and increase safety for employees and guests.


- AHLA, LHA Announce New Strategic Partnership
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and the Latino Hotel Association (LHA) announced a new strategic relationship. This collaboration, which goes into effect January 1, 2021, will deepen both organizations’ shared goals of advancing public policy and advocacy efforts of the U.S. hotel industry and growing Latino investment in the community of Latino owners and operators.


- Will Meetings and Events Ever be the Same? 41 Clever Things Hotels are Doing to Make Them Safe
- Thayer Dares to Start a $ 175 Million Company to Buy Travel Acquisitions
- Working from a Hotel? Beware the Dangers of Public Wi‑Fi
- The Best Hotels in the World: 2020 Readers' Choice Awards


For more information on Piqued our Interest for 10/16/2020


And now for you-know-what.…

Despite Brexit, the European Commission has finally agreed that English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and accepted a five-year phase-in plan for what will become known as "Euro-English".

In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will make the sivil servants jump with joy. The hard "c" will be dropped in favour of "k". This should klear up konfusion, and keyboards kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced with "f". This will make words like fotograf 20 per sent shorter. 

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horibl mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful and it should go away.
By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing ‘th’ with ‘z’ and ‘w’ with ‘v’.

During ze fifz year, ze unesesary ‘o’ kan be dropd from vords kontaining ‘ou’ and after ziz fifz yer ve vil hav a reil sensibl vriten styl.

Zer vil be no mor trubl or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer.

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