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Connecting Creatively, The HI Connect® Difference

Decision-Makers coming to HI Connect® are in store for a wholly new and unique buying and product education experience.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
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HI Connect®®
HI Connect®
Experience a Design Revolution

In its fourth year HI Connect® has become one of the biggest gathering places for the most powerful and unique combination of decision-makers such as lodging industry executives, industry Presidents & CEOs, Owners, GMs, Designers, Developers, Purchasing Executives and Architects.

Why? Because lodging leaders know HI Connect® is the place industry insiders get access to the newest and most exciting design trends, concepts and newly launched products in the hotel business. All designs are easily adaptable to existing and new build hotels, so attendees using solutions presented at HI Connect® get more efficient use of their time and money while delivering to customers the best hotel products possible.

Buyers get inspired while stepping into dozens of fully constructed vignettes at HI Connect®, coming this March 25-27, 2015 to the Gaylord Opryland and the HI Connect® Design Center in Nashville, TN. (www.hiconnectevents.com)

Last year more than 1,500 qualified industry professionals enjoyed the most exciting tradeshow created for the hospitality sphere. They attended because HI Connect® delivers an in-depth event experience featuring myriad guestrooms, bathrooms and hotel public spaces giving attendees a deeper understanding of how products work in context to each other with fully realized and constructed designs. For the 2015 Event, attendance is trending 17% ahead of 2014.

HI Connect® completely changes the way design concepts are presented, how products and services are purchased and sourced, while simultaneously setting the stage for attendees to network and do business better going forward. And if you are an Owner, GM, brand executive, Developer, Purchasing Executive, or architect you’ll have plenty of chances to make exciting discoveries. Perhaps you’ll discover you love that new light fixture featured in one of the midscale guestrooms or the wall coverings in a boutique room.

Lodging Industry decision makers such as Owners, GMs, Designers, Developers, Purchasing Executives, Architects will discuss inspirations and share ideas while they tour guestrooms, lounges, bars, restaurants and a spa over a glass of wine. They’ll enjoy a culinary tour de force with seemingly limitless choices spread throughout the studio’s public spaces. All contained in a single immersive environment. No long walks, no tired feet. The choice is yours and the choices are endless at HI Connect®.

Last year’s attendees are looking forward to the return of HI Connect®.

Roger Bloss, CEO, Vantage Hospitality, which is the world’s eighth largest hotel, company has attended each year since its inception. “We are doing a new prototype for Lexington Collection and what better place to find suppliers and new designers and ideas for my new prototype. This show will help me put it over the top,” said Bloss regarding the 2014 show.

"As a multiple brand leader, trade shows are not something I engage in on a daily basis. But here I get to see all the new products not only by look and touch, I get to speak to the people behind them as well. The set up here is unique,” said Bloss. By presenting products in context, a more sophisticated level of conversation was inspired, officially changing the way industry insiders get business done.

Andrew Alexander, President of Red Roof Inn also attended the 2014 edition, walking the show floor to seek inspiration for his company that’s upping the brand’s design quotient with its Red Roof initiative.

“It was a great experience, HI Connect® is a conference with a different feel than other industry conferences. This gives us an opportunity to learn and hear about design in the industry. We are about innovation and I came hoping to see different ways we can elevate the brand,” said Alexander.

Hotel ownership and management groups love HI Connect® too. Jerry Cataldo, President and CEO of Hostmark Hospitality Group enjoys the different format. “We think it is the most unique show in the industry. And if you are a visual person it is a lot easier to see what a product will look like in your hotel or how it can be applied to your hotel. It’s a lot easier than looking at a design board or sketch,” said Cataldo.

Pratik Patel, AAHOA Chairman and Prinicpal of REM Hospitality said the event is a must attend for owners and developers.HI Connect® has taken the time to find the right partners for owners to make sure they get the exposure they need, but they also bring the creativity and the ideas that are inspirational. When you look around you see the value of their vignettes and see the future of the industry. I will definitely come back next year,” said Patel.

Designers too are again looking forward to participating in the next edition of HI Connect® and showing what they can do to create exciting spaces developers crave.

Dave Lippert, VP FF&E Procurement, Architecture & Construction, Marriott International, who has attended all three HI Connect® shows thinks everyone who is qualified should be present next year. Marriott’s in house design team also created an award winning vignette for the 2014 show are returning with something very special this year. “It is really getting better each year and I think you should give strong consideration to being here. I know I’ll be here,” said Lippert.

“We are always looking for new and different design firm talent to work on our brands and our projects and to take a look at vendors and new products available, said Bethany Warner, Design Manager at Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “For us this tradeshow was unique compared to a lot of the shows we have been to. It has allowed us to spend time with designers and vendors and engage with them and see their products and get an idea of what they do. The scale of the show is really great and you have the opportunity to create those relationships and have those one-on-ones.”

There are also incredible networking opportunities during the opening night’s reception on Delta Island at the Gaylord Opryland, throughout the show floor itself and during the gala Awards banquet.

With some of the biggest names in the industry set to appear you never know who you will bump into.

HI Connect®’s educational seminars are guaranteed to give attendees an inside look at hotel companies and industry trends in ways never seen before.

Act now to be a part of HI Connect®. Get more information and register for the unique and dramatic HI Connect® experience March 25-27, 2015, by visiting our dedicated website to learn more. Register now for this unique event setting a new standard for hospitality tradeshows.

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