Are you here?
That’s the number one question dominating the hotel business as the much heralded HI Connect® 2015 leads industry conversation this week. So many people have flooded the massive trade show floor during day 1 and day 2 it’s as if every industry insider is attending. And if they weren’t here on day 1, well, they showed up on day 2 after being asked that very important question ‘Are you here?’
Attendees are calling people and asking that question because with dozens of vignettes to explore, and so many places to connect, they want to be sure their industry colleagues and friends are participating in the most highly anticipated event of the year. Plus, they’re craving the chance to share the many incredible ideas inspired by and blossoming from the inspiration provided by HI Connect®’s incredible vignette experiences crafted by many of the industry’s top designers, architects, suppliers, purchasing professionals and hotel brands.
Plus more people than ever are simply showing up with the hopes of scoring a ticket to what many are already calling the best event of 2015. HI Connect® has seen attendance skyrocket 22 percent on top of the massive showing that eclipsed 2013 attendee numbers, making HI Connect® one of the fastest growing trade shows.
HI Connect® has grown into an undeniably proven concept attracting industry heavyweights. They know HI Connect® is a powerful tool giving them the business edge with a glimpse into future trends, access to the highest caliber of industry executives and a chance to make deals to take their respective companies to new heights of success.
HI Connect® is the 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, suppliers and purchasing professionals. Unparalleled networking and inspiration are only the beginning of what’s to be discovered at HI Connect®.
Attendees have gone gaga over branded concepts presented by Marriott International, Best Western and Red Lion while also raving over the high caliber of vignettes created by industry designers, architects and purchasing professionals partnering with incredible suppliers. They all pushed boundaries and created some of the most incredible designs ever presented in the lodging community.
“I love HI Connect®,” said Roger Bloss, founder, president and CEO of Vantage Hospitality, the world’s eighth largest hotel company. “The people are great, the location and venue are spectacular, plus, I rarely get to walk into competitor’s guestrooms and as a large hotel company with several brands I want to see what my competitors are doing. I want to see what new products are out there and see how I can improve my operations and guest experience and obviously to help lower my costs.”
But they’ve also come to close deals and we’re seeing that happen all throughout HI Connect®. People participating in HI Connect® represent the top purchasing decision makers, leading ownership groups, management companies and CEOs of major hotel brand companies. No other industry event can boast the depth and breadth of disciplines represented at HI Connect®.
“It’s fresh thinking,” explained Sean Worker, President and CEO of Bridgestreet Global Hospitality, which operates more than 50,000 serviced apartments across the globe. “You get ideas in a forum so you get incredible inspiration from others you don’t necessarily get that on your own while surfing the Web. Here, you’re stimulated by conversation and come up with ideas you wouldn’t have necessarily thought of. I got four or five just from my fellow panelists.” ‘
Brian Wogerense, President of Cobblestone Hotels which has skyrocketed to more than 50 hotels seemingly overnight said, “My favorite aspects are the interaction and the vignettes that are there and the food and beverage piece keeps you going. You’re not going to get hungry as you are talking to people. The energy’s really exciting and I enjoyed my experience here at HI Connect®.”
So for some reason if asked ‘are you here?” and you’re not, there’s still time to check out the final day of HI Connect®. While registration was closed, we have reopened it due to popular demand. Act now and visit our dedicated website to learn more and register for this unique event, which is setting a new standard for hospitality tradeshows.