In just one week, Hotel Interactive®, Inc. kicks off its fourth annual edition of the much heralded HI Connect®, the most revolutionary, stimulating and productive trade show in the lodging industry. And get set for the biggest and best edition yet returning to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and state-of-the-art HI Connect® Design Studio in Nashville from March 25 - 27, 2015. But don’t worry, there is still time to register at www.hiconnectevents.com. But you have to do it now as registration will close any day.
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, the qualified attendee only audience is trending nearly 20 percent ahead of 2014 and we’ve got incredible new surprises like a concert featuring country music sensation Kellie Pickler.
Expect more of what you love, plus vignettes created by major hotel brands such as Marriott International, Best Western International and Red Lion Hotels Corp. They’ll also be new types of vignettes shining the spotlight on emerging trends, HI Connect®’s® new and expanded partnerships with the American Resort Developers Association (ARDA), the American Gaming Association (AGA) and Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) partnership.
Plus, the event will be filled with major industry superstars such as Roger Bloss, President & CEO Vantage Hospitality; Wayne Goldberg, President & CEO La Quinta; Greg Mount, President/CEO of Red Lion Hotels Corp.; Brian Wogernese, President of Cobblestone Hotels and Sean Worker, President & CEO of BridgeStreet Global Hospitality, who are all appearing on HI Connect®’s® opening President’s panel.
HI Connect® delivers a unique and powerful combination of owners, developers, designers, hoteliers, suppliers, architects and purchasing professionals. No other industry event has such a breadth of qualified attendees focused on as many disciplines.
And if you’re looking for recertification credits, HI Connect® offers CEU credits for CHA, CLO and AIA designations. It all adds up to HI Connect® 2015 being the can’t miss event of the year.
HI Connect® is a unique opportunity to interact with real environments, or "vignettes," while connecting with business building contacts. HI Connect® is the only event simultaneously stimulating all five senses while helping suppliers and designers foster critical relationships with influential owners, developers, hoteliers, designers, architects and purchasing professionals. Unparalleled networking and inspiration are only the beginning of what’s to be discovered at HI Connect®.
HI Connect®’s® fresh approach will leave you with great ideas, great relationships and amazing ideas on how to "wow" your guests. Hotel Interactive®, Inc. has a reputation for creating first class events such as BITAC® and HI Connect® 2015 will once again take place in our 172,000 square foot state-of-the-art Design Studio.
"HI Connect® 2014 was heralded as a major success by the lodging industry, but it’s our goal to continually push the boundaries of what is possible for a tradeshow experience. That’s why each year we rethink and reimagine what is important, then create the freshest and most exciting experience stretching far beyond attendee expectations. HI Connect® was created to adapt and stay trend forward while ensuring the most essential ideas always come to the forefront," said Rich Viola, President and CEO of Hotel Interactive®, Inc.
Abounding Attendee Inspiration
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 are once 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.”
Hotel Interactive® created HI Connect® to maximize industry professional’s time by engaging guests and customers in all the right ways. Imagine a tradeshow that has only pre-qualified hoteliers, owners and developers exploring an environment that has no aisles or traditional booths. Now imagine walking through environments that are accurate representations of actual spaces that could exist in any hotel in the world. And that’s just for starters. There are many more unexpected but welcome surprises throughout this innovative happening.
HI Connect® provides a never-ending sense of discovery, stimulation and engagement where attendees step into myriad vignettes highlighting the vision of the industry’s top designers who have partnered with leading suppliers. Take a tour of hotel rooms, hang out at the spa or just sit, chat and network with colleagues in the hotel lobby, bar or restaurant. 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®.
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.