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As the world and the hotel industry start to see the first green shoots of recovery from the COVID lockdowns, there is no shortage of new technologies emerging to try to address the new realities. As I sat down to write this week’s column, I found a list of more than 30 new or significantly modified products that had hit my radar I the past few weeks, all of them innovations somehow related to COVID.

The availability of NFC contactless payment (Restaurant POS, Front Desk, Kiosk), and NFC contactless access control (guest room doors, parking garages, elevators, meeting rooms, gyms, spas, front doors etc.) in hotels to reduce the need to touch shared surfaces that allow the transmission of coronavirus is both an urgent need, and an intelligent response, to one of the most significant issues that the hospitality industry has ever faced: coronavirus transmission and COVID-19 . Importantly also, NFC contactless, if widely implemented, would demonstrate that the hospitality industry has the well-being of its guests and employees front of mind once hotels start to emerge from lock-down. 

As millions across America practice social distancing, hotels and Convention and Visitor Bureaus (CVBs) are faced with the overall challenge of supporting their community and planning for the post-COVID-19 rebound. In addition to working directly with meeting planners, CVBs often report and forecast tourism for the entire community. CVBs play an integral role in the education and knowledge of upcoming events and trends in their community.

Shine is that light within you. It motivates us and it brightens our path. When we are down, afraid or experiencing unknown territory, it is what you say to yourself (your beliefs and thoughts) that determines if your light will stay bright or fade. 

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) announced last Wednesday during a press conference to industry media that the organization will consolidate its three major annual events to one location over a four-day period in October, and will call it, “The Best of HFTP.” 



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Post-HITEC Takeaway Tweets

07/21/2014
by Hospitality Upgrade
HITEC is always a unique and exciting experience for both attendees and providers. We all meet so many people and see an incredible amount of new products and services, but just a few weeks post-HITEC, the takeaways can become a little fuzzy.  With Hospitality Upgrade’s post-HITEC takeaway tweets we offer great reminders to clarify your notes.  We asked our partners who were HITEC exhibitors to provide a recap of their HITEC exhibit in just 140 characters or less:

Book4Time: @Book4Time's CEO @rsholanki saw more hotels endorsing the cloud as the platform of choice for most systems with the exception of PMS. #HITEC

Eleven Wireless: Grow your guest Internet revenue (even when you offer a free plan); learn how in @ElevenBiz blog series: http://bit.ly/MonetizeYourInternet

Enseo: @Enseo introduced its advanced Guest Carried Device and Guest Enabled Media technology featuring Netflix, Pandora, and more! Contact us today at sales@enseo.com!

FCS Computer Systems: Shine a light on #hospitality efficiency & guest satisfaction using FCS Rainbow solutions: http://goo.gl/nqIbUI

Flip.to: Who do your guests trust more, ads or their friends? If you think their friends, well you're right, so go talk to Flip.to #MassiveROI #4real

Guest-tek: Heavy foot traffic, record demos and mobile everything - #HITEC 2014 may have ended, but @Guesttek our booth is always open

Hotwire Communications: HSIA bandwidth on demand, scalable up to 10 Gigs. Visit Hotwirecommunications.com for advanced services at your hotel #hotwirecommunications

Infor: Thanks #HITEC2014 attendees for visiting @InforHosp! Hope you learned a/b creating a better experience for everyone & took a coffee break with #Infor
 
InvoTech Systems: Global recognition of financial benefits of #RFID uniform, linen & laundry tracking #HITECtakeaway. http://tinyurl.com/k5enk8o @invotechsystems

iTesso: Score a FREE pinball machine for your property when you implement Itesso's Cloud-native integrated PMS/CRS Solution: http://ites.so/Pnbl2014

Kaba: Mobility across all solutions was the #HITECtakeaway. Many demoed @KabaLodging’s new Mobile Key Access http://tinyurl.com/n5whkju #Saflok #ILCO

Knowcross: For a true hospitality upgrade use Knowcross: http://www.knowcross.com/products.htm Follow us @KNOWACROSS

Merchant Link: EMV is coming, are you ready for it?  Do you know what EMV is? @MerchantLink #SecurityandFraud

NAVIS: Knowing guest preferences & behaviors to speak with them in a unique message. @NavisNow #HITECtakeaway http://tinyurl.com/mjocz49 #NAVISReach

NEC: Running your business on outdated tech isn’t safe. Don't avoid an upgrade. #UC offers an affordable solution. http://blog.necam.com/bid/198680/Is-Your-Business-at-Risk-Running-an-Outdated-PBX via @NEC

Newmarket: Thanks #HITEC for helping feed over 4k children through our @NewmarketIntl Share Your Story wall! See pictures at newmarketinc.com/hitec

Nomadix: With @nomadixinc Internet access & bandwidth management gateways, hotels keep traffic flowing to provide fair bandwidth share for all guests.

Nor1: Great seeing friends and colleagues at HITEC/ROC - Nor1's engaging travelers in real time for incremental revenue was a hit!

Rainmaker: @RainmakerGroup proven profit optimization at #HITEC reveals fit revenues for hoteliers. Get your revenues in shape! http://bit.ly/TV8ysM

Shift4: @Shift4Corp #HITEC takeaway: EMV is not the answer to stop breaches. #P2PE and #tokenization are. http://ow.ly/z9ErT

Sonifi: Thank you @HospUpgrade, #SiegelSez and cool vid crew! Great @HITEC video w/ our CEO Mike Ribero in @SONIFI booth. Up next - SONIFI Silicon Valley Innovation Lab!

VingCard Elsafe: Why sacrifice #security for design & convenience? Take guest safety and #hotel style one step further with Allure by VingCard: http://bit.ly/1qXh1c0

ZDirect: Featured at #HITEC - Boost profits & increase Loyalty at your hotel with Marketing Automation tools by @ZDirect. Learn more at Zdirect.com.

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