Hotel Interactive, Inc. and NEWH, Inc. are partnering up. That’s right, the leading source for hotel industry news as well as professional and personal empowerment is now a partner with the NEWH. With this deal Hotel Interactive and the NEWH are creating an exclusive scholarship to be awarded at each of Hotel Interactive’s BITAC events starting in 2013.
In addition NEWH will throw their full support behind Hotel Interactive events including BITAC and the innovative HI Connect Design, taking place this April 10-12 in Nashville.
“We have a great deal of respect for the NEWH and its programs and services. This relationship will give us an opportunity to help NEWH promote its core causes like scholarship programs while also giving Hotel Interactive an opportunity to participate in many more NEWH events throughout the country,” said Rich Viola, President & CEO of Hotel Interactive.
Julia Marks, President of DesignOverStock, Inc. as well as current President of the NEWH, said she is delighted about the relationship and Hotel Interactive’s ability to help the NEWH drive membership and its scholarship program. “This is a big deal for us. The exposure we will get from this relationship will allow us to get in front of the more than 90,000 people that read Hotel Interactive every day and expose us to potential members including manufacturers, designers and vendors,” said Marks. “One of the things we need to do is branch out and grow our membership, and to have the opportunity to be at Hotel Interactive events and in the email box of their readers will help us tremendously.”
The partnership has many components to it, including Editor-In-Chief Glenn Haussman hosting the keynote panel featuring some of the industry’s biggest names at its 2013 Leadership Conference on January 25 & 26, 2013 in San Francisco. (More information on the event here: http://www.newh.org/leadership-conference/2013-leadership-conference)
“Hotel Interactive has a huge following that will allow us to reach even more people. NEWH and Hotel Interactive will globally cross promote through the events and trade shows each organization hosts. NEWH hosts at least six Regional Trade Shows a year rotating through popular hospitality communities throughout the 23 chapters and regional groups within the US, UK and Canada. With HI's internet exposure we anticipate positive growth in overall membership and increased attendance at our trade shows!,” said Trish Poole, President of Design Poole as well as the NEWH’s VP Marketing.
Hotel Interactive hosts 10 events per year including its BITAC events as well as HI Connect Design, which is taking place in Nashville, TN April 10-12, 2013. HI Connect Design is the hospitality tradeshow reimagined featuring the industry’s finest designers, suppliers, architects and purchasing companies while delivering the highest qualified attendees such as owners and developers, hotel executives, and purchasing decision makers representing leading hotel brands both domestically and abroad. It’s a unique opportunity to interact with real environments, or “vignettes,” that changes the context to inspire a different level of conversation. In fact, this concept is so unique and different than any other tradeshow ever presented; Hotel Interactive has patented this innovative concept.
Poole added the Hotel Interactive Corporate Partnership will also allow NEWH to keep dues low so their network of professionals can continue to grow and make the organization’s educational events affordable for everyone to attend. She said the larger the network the more fundraising dollars they can contribute to scholarships and more connections they provide for the industry. So far NEWH has raised more than $3 million dollars for scholarships.
Part of the agreement will also have NEWH attend BITAC Purchasing & Design events and HI Connect Design at which a new scholarship award will be created. “We are looking forward to attending the BITAC events and creating a new Scholarship Award. BITAC is the perfect place and audience for awarding scholarship dollars to a deserving student pursuing a career in hospitality,” said Poole.
Marks also added the Hotel Interactive partnership is a great way to get people more engaged in the organization. “I think he reasons to join NEWH are very personal. This is a networking organization so you meet so many people professionally and personally. There are so many friends to be made and contacts to be gotten. As an international organization no matter where you are in the world, you have a friend wherever you go,” Marks said.
About Hotel Interactive
Hotel Interactive (www.hotelinteractive.com) has been serving the hospitality industry as a leading daily business-to-business vertical and industry portal since 1998. The company is the premier online resource of industry news, events and content. Hotel Interactive also produces the highly acclaimed Buyer Interactive Trade Alliance and Conference (www.BITAC.net) events. BITAC is known for its business building forum designed for prominent executives in the hospitality industry to foster long-term relationships under different categories such as Purchasing & Design, F&B, Technology, Spa & Wellness, and more. Its newest venture is HI Connect Design, a patented concept that reinvents the tradeshow experience. Hotel Interactive also offers a complimentary series of webinars while Hotel Interactive Radio featuring downloadable and on-demand podcasts.
NEWH The Hospitality Industry Network, founded in 1985, is an international non-profit organization of hospitality industry professionals volunteering to raise funds and grant scholarships for college students studying design, architecture, purchasing, and management—focused on the hospitality market. NEWH volunteers have raised more than $2.2 million by networking at local, regional, and international hospitality events.