Written by: Claire Kenney — Official HITEC® Minneapolis 2019 Guest Blogger
True to its roots in hospitality, HITEC consistently lends camaraderie and support to its attendees and exhibitors. There is much to be gained from HITEC’s great community of hospitality technology enthusiasts. As such, there is so much to look forward to at HITEC!
HITEC exemplifies camaraderie and support in a variety of ways — each important and uniquely impactful.
By facilitating ongoing learning, the HITEC tech talks, technology showcase and concurrent sessions are examples of this camaraderie and support through education.
These presentations allow HITEC attendees to view the hospitality industry from various vantage points. It is a great channel for sharing ideas and learning new ones to bring to your own business.
From the tech talks, attendees can leverage valuable ongoing learning from leading hospitality technology solution providers. This year, the topics range from the Cloud to AI and automation.
As a member of a workplace that is all about ongoing learning, I am looking forward to these tech talks. As cliché as the saying is, knowledge really is power.
I plan to attend the concurrent education session Taking Advantage of AI to Inform Revenue Management and Marketing Decisions on Wednesday. As someone who markets the benefits of back office automation, I am eager to learn through this session how I can leverage automation to benefit my own company’s creative operations.
And the learning does not stop there!
Because the Microsoft Platform Teams is a powerful tool that I use daily, the technology showcase Empower your Employees with Microsoft Teams will also be particularly helpful.
The presentation will provide insight into various aspects of Microsoft Teams. For example, how optimizing teams can bolster operations throughout the hospitality industry. Such operations include, housekeeping, maintenance workers, and front desk staff.
View the event schedule for a complete list of the educational opportunities taking place at HITEC including tech talks, technology showcases and concurrent sessions.
The support and camaraderie extended by HITEC is also evident in the conference’s intentional commitment to integrate fun into the event lineup.
The conference’s opening party is a great way to meet and mingle with industry colleagues, clients, key partners, and friends. The event acts as a way to welcome everyone to Minneapolis. It sets the tone for the rest of the conference.
Each year, the opening party includes a featured artist. This year, the featured artist is Daughtry, a rock band whose lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist is Chris Daughtry, a former American Idol contestant.
Furthermore, throughout the week, attendees also have the opportunity to attend various formal and informal lunches, cocktail hours, dinners, and similar outings. These opportunities create key channels for connecting with industry peers.
To the HITEC, HFTP, and hospitality communities, I cannot wait to exchange ideas, catch up and have fun in Minneapolis!
Here’s to hospitality — And here’s to HITEC 2019!
Claire Kenney is the marketing communications manager at Evention LLC in Chicago, Illinois. She is an official event guest blogger for HITEC Minneapolis 2019, taking place June 17–20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. Check back on HFTP Connect for more of Claire’s experiences at HITEC this year.