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Hotel Community Forum Brings Industry Together

By Dennis Nessler | April 28, 2020

Trying times very often lead to creative solutions that can dramatically change the way we do things both personally and professionally. This COVID-19 pandemic we’re all faced with right now is no exception.

For most lodging industry businesses, continuing to operate the same way simply isn’t an option. At Hotel Interactive, we also identified the need for a change to better serve the hotel community and be far more than just another news resource. The need to bring together the hotel community has never been greater during this unprecedented time of isolation and quarantine.

The result is Hotel Community Forum powered by Hotel Interactive, a hybrid site combining the latest lodging industry news and information with the ability to connect to other industry colleagues through a fully interactive platform, exclusively for the hotel industry.

“Hotel Community Forum has been created to keep the industry connected and businesses moving forward,” said Rich Viola, CEO, Hotel Interactive, Inc. “This new platform is a stimulating new hybrid combining the best of social media with timely industry news and business-building resources and tools. It is your resource to connect with others in the hotel industry in a way that has never existed before.”

Among the unique aspects of Hotel Community Forum (HCF) is a multi-media channel featuring daily one-on-one interviews with key industry leaders, roundtables and podcasts, as well as virtual keynote presentations and the latest industry data. In addition, HCF will send out a daily newsletter to subscribers with a feature article and the latest industry news and events.

Driven by a strong social media component, HCF will afford users the opportunity to create their own profile, post photos and communicate directly with other industry execs with live chat functionality.

Meanwhile, resource guides provide multiple touch points for various facets of the industry including brands, management companies, owners/developers, architects/designers, purchasing companies and suppliers to name a few.

Live polls and surveys will offer a snapshot on some of the latest industry issues and trends, while columns and research papers provide a roadmap for today’s hoteliers.
Want to keep tabs on who’s coming and going in the industry? Career corner will highlight the latest news of people on the move and a place to post resumes and view job listings.

We’ve all heard the saying “the more things change the more they stay the same.” Being able to adapt quickly to change is a necessity in today’s world more than ever. As we’ve learned through past events and downturns this industry is nothing if not resilient.

“The need to communicate and stay connected is more important than ever before. Many are struggling to find answers and the proper methodology. You are all a part of our great hotel community. Hotel Community Forum is now your community,” said Viola.

Any company in the hotel business has had to re-evaluate how they do business in the wake of the current pandemic. All of us at Hotel Interactive hope this platform can help your business pivot as it needs to and continue to be successful. We’d love to hear what you think of the new site, please feel free to email me at DNessler@hotelinteractive.com to let me know.

Meanwhile, stay safe and let’s come together to help each other get through this just the way the hotel industry always has.

Dennis Nessler

Dennis Nessler is Editor-in-Chief of Hotel Interactive, parent company of Hotel Community Forum. Nessler brings more than 28 years of editorial experience to his position, including some 17 years in the hospitality industry. As part of his duties, Nessler not only covers the industry editorially but moderates various high-level panel sessions at hospitality events and frequently conducts one-on-one interviews with C-level executives.

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