HOT Enriches Its Mix

Security issues from making guestrooms safe to keeping tabs on personal identity will be among the topics at the 2007 Strategic Conference on Hospitality Operations & Technology March 14-16.

The seventh HOT will take place at the Hilton Anatole, its base for many years. Wednesday, March 14, will be given over to the Green Hospitality Conference, presented by Lodging Hospitality magazine and Pineapple Hospitality. The keynote address will be by David Oakey, a leader in sustainable design. Interactive GHC sessions will touch on “green” housekeeping and utilities, design and construction. GHC will close with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. Registration for HOT will be available at the Anatole from 2 to 6 that afternoon.

Returning to address HOT will be Tim Harvey, executive vice president and chief information officer, Hilton Hotels Corp., and Roger Bloss, a staunch HOT supporter and chief executive officer of the rapidly growing Americas Best Value Inn/Vantage Hospitality Group.

Executives new to HOT will include Tom Keltner, president of brand performance and development at Hilton; Nelson Garrido, vice president of information technology at Noble Investment Group; and Dwight Smith, SVP and CIO, Marriott Vacation Club International.

Also new to HOT will be its keynote speaker, at noon Thursday, March 15: Mike Leven, former head of U.S. Franchise Systems and now vice chairman of Marcus Foundation, an Atlanta charity.

For the second year in a row, HOT will feature 12 Roundtables, opportunities to share insights and best practices about technological equipment that affects operations. Topics will include telecommunications, energy management, e-procurement, digital signage and property management systems. Also, interactive sessions on lodging's hottest topics will distinguish the get-together.

HOT 2007 will launch soft the evening of March 14 with a welcome reception in the atrium of the Anatole. It will get down to business at 8 a.m. March 15, when Gary Dietz, LH publisher, and Donald Gallagher, managing director of BearingPoint, will welcome attendees.

At 8:15, “COOs Check In,” featuring top executives such as Hilton's Keltner, ABVI's Bloss, and Bob Morse of Noble Investment, will start. The panel is sure to touch on online distribution, the proliferation of HDTV and issues surrounding guest and guestroom security.

After a 9:45 a.m. break, interactive sessions on revenue management, using technology to build brand loyalty and the rapid evolution of in-room entertainment will take place. Between 1:30 and 3 p.m., Roundtables on related issues, along with PMS and sales & catering, will be held. That afternoon, there will be interactive sessions on radio frequency identification and private label distribution. A 6 p.m. reception will cap HOT's first full day.

The following day will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast. At 9 a.m., “CIOs Check In” will feature Hilton IT guru Tim Harvey, Marriott Vacation Club International SVP/CIO and Noble Investment Group IT VP Nelson Garrido. BearingPoint's Donald Gallagher will again moderate.

After a coffee break, the conference will conclude at noon following interactive sessions on CRM, the payment card industry and managed services.

HOT SPONSORS

Passkey offers hotels and event planners a powerful web-based application to optimize group hotel reservations. Its online booking engine lets group attendees make and manage their hotel reservations in the contracted block while allowing event planners and hotels to access real-time reports and event information.

With an installed customer base of more than 2,800 properties throughout North America, MSI (Multi-Systems, Inc.) is one of the largest providers of fully integrated property management, sales, marketing & catering, point of sale, centralized corporate services, and wireless PM systems. For additional information, call Kirsten Coccodrilli at 800.331.7890 or visit www.msisolutions.com.

Amadeus provides distribution, IT and point-of-sale solutions for the travel industry. It distributes over 73,000 hotels to 75,000 travel agency locations. Visit www.amadeus.com.

Newmarket International, Inc. (www.newmarketinc.com) is the leader in sales, group catering and banquet software for the hospitality and entertainment industries. Newmarket International has 70,000-plus users at more than 8,000 installations in 92 countries.

Philips offers hotels HD displays with LCD and plasma technology. With Pro:Idiom-integrated TVs, pay-per-view compatibility, remote management of key television functions and the displays themselves, it offers a complete and simple solution. Visit www.bds.philips.com.

The RedX Distribution Management System from SynXis empowers hotel operators to manage inventory through GDS, Internet travel sites, reservation offices and hotel websites. The Sabre Holdings firm runs call centers in North and South America that offer private label reservation services to hotels around the world.

With more than three million locks installed, Onity can be found in more than 20,000 properties and more than 200 hotel chains. Onity sales and service spans more than 115 countries and provides 24/7 technical support.

LG Electronics USA, Inc., (LGEUS) is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $43.4-billion global force in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. LGEUS sells digital display/media products, digital appliances and mobile phones. Visit www.LGcommercial.com.

SoftBrands provides end-to-end enterprise solutions for independent hotels, corporate chains, management companies and diverse lodging operations. It has products installed in more than 83 countries.

INNCOM manufactures advanced guestroom control systems for the global lodging industry. INNCOM has systems installed in more than 300,000 guestrooms at many of the most prestigious hotels around the world. Visit www.inncom.com or call 1-800-543-1999.

POST Integrations is the top provider of payment card processing solutions designed to process credit cards in the hospitality environment. Its clients include Hilton Hotels Corp.; PGA Golf Properties; Rosen Hotels & Resorts, and Pyramid Hotels. For more information, contact Stephen M. Doherty at 866-377-2649 or sdoherty@postint.com.

With customers such as Hilton Worldwide, Marriott and Interstate Hotels, Birch Street targets large multi-location hospitality companies while providing superior property-level features and an intuitive end-user experience. The Birch Street system processes $50 million in spend monthly for 1,000 hotels and 11,000 users.

Extenway Solutions Inc. enables luxury hospitality firms to turn the guestroom TV into an interactive and profitable asset and allows hospitality organizations to manage and coordinate in-room guest interactions and communications. Visit www.extenway.com

ASI-Modulex is a global architectural signage integrator that offers the hospitality industry interior, exterior and digital solutions. Visit www.asimodulex.com.

Unifocus is an industry innovator that provides applications and systems for labor management, budgeting and CRM for hotels, resorts and casinos.

IDeaS is the leading global provider of hospitality-focused pricing and revenue optimization solutions. IDeaS clients include some of the most prestigious companies in the world. Visit www.ideas.com.

LodgeNet (www.lodgenet.com)provides on-demand entertainment and subscription sports programming along with HDTV solutions for a smooth migration and a superior guest experience.

Wayport works with hotel partners to create solutions for guest services and meeting rooms. It has more than 10 years of experience in developing leading-edge infrastructure and diversified business models with some of the world's premier brands in many different industries.

PROS is the world leader in pricing and revenue optimization solutions and the pioneer and dominant provider of revenue optimization to the travel and transportation industry. Its solutions forecast demand, optimize inventory, and provide dynamic pricing optimization to maximize revenue.

Karyon delivers unique reservation management, representation and Internet services and electronic distribution for any size property. Entire rate, availability, and booking information management are facilitated through one system regardless of PMS. Call +1.800.882.3203 or visit www.karyonres.com.

Hotel Catalyst assembles all the information and functionality needed to effectively direct your revenue, sales, and catering process. Our scalable, easy-to-use application puts you in control of driving revenue from every relationship, in every property, in every market.

Pegasus Solutions provides technology and services to hotels and travel distributors. Services include central reservation systems, electronic distribution services, commission processing and payment services and marketing representation services, including the consumer website www.hotelbook.com. Visit www.pegs.com.

DuVoice Corporation develops messaging system software and turnkey systems for business offices and the hotel/motel industry. Its products are based on software created in-house and off-the-shelf hardware from leading manufacturers in the message processing industry.

VingCard Elsafe, part of ASSA ABLOY, is the worldwide leader in guestroom security, with installations in 33,000-plus properties representing 5.5 million-plus guestrooms. Visit www.vingcard.com.

GEARING UP FOR HOT 2007

Two-for-one registration to the 7th Strategic Conference on Hospitality Operations & Technology costs $795. The event will be held at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas March 14-16. Also taking place March 14: the Green Hospitality Conference, with a two-for-one registration cost of $99 through www.greenhospitality.net. Call Bobbi Moran at 216-931-9504 or e-mail bmoran@penton.com for more information. Also, register for HOT 2007 online at www.lhconferences.com.

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