5 Reasons to Add AV Management Software to a Hotel’s 2019 Capital Budget

Recent reports are showing that the meetings segment of hospitality is flourishing, and technology is of critical importance to event planners in venue selection. Meeting facilities with lodging - which hosted 87% of meetings 2016 according to the PwC Conference Center Report - need to put more focus on managing their built-in and portable audiovisual equipment to meet planners' expectations in 2019.

Built-In or Portable: What’s Your AV Strategy?

By Jeff Loether

To say that AV services are "out of balance" in some operations is an understatement. When properly managed, AV can produce the second highest profit margin in a hotel - behind rooms. However, as my good friend John Burns, president of Hospitality Technology Consulting, recently said, "No one understands [AV], and no one really wants to.

Hoteliers Self-Operating their AV Services are ‘All Ears’ When it Comes to AVaStar by EMD

Electro-Media Design (EMD) President Jeff Loether was "all ears" at HITEC Houston last month as he listened to hoteliers' tales of woe when self-managing their hotel's audiovisual operations. Conversations with multi-property owners and operators representing more than 30 hotels (including brands, independents and casinos) are continuing.

Electro-Media Design Unveils AVaStar at HITEC

Today at HITEC, Electro-Media Design is introducing a new solution for venue operators that will make the self-managing of AV Technologies an asset, rather than a liability. Called AVaStar, the patent-pending solution is designed for in-house hotel staff who find themselves tasked with managing event technology processes and coordinating equipment rental, set up and servicing, even when it may not be their primary job responsibility.

EMD Offering ‘Self- Audit Questionnaire’ to Aide HITEC Attendees with Tradeshow Strategy

Who budgets Capex funds for AV equipment and systems at your hotel … Finance … IT … AV? Do the presentation systems at your property meet your current brand standards? How are you tracking AV/Technol.

Struggling with Self-Managing AV Services? Help is On the Way with AVaStar

Self-managing technology requirements for meetings and events can be stressful for small hotel operators, especially those who don't have the luxury of working with an outsourced technology provider. Sales-and-catering teams have a lot of information to manage and multiple systems to track and communicate meeting planners' needs - including audiovisual technology.

See the Future of Meetings at HITEC via AVaStar

The adoption and use of new technology has sparked a shift in meeting planner objectives and goals. According to the International Association of Convention Centers' (IACC) 2017 Meeting Room of the Future™ report, meeting planners are looking to create more personalized experiences for delegates by integrating more interactive technology.

5 Top Problems with Un-Managed AV Services

Technology is driving all aspects of our lives. In the meetings environment, it is playing a role more important than ever before. Just look at AAA's new Diamond Rating Guidelines for Lodging; the better the event technology, the higher the Diamond Rating AAA will bestow.

AV for IT: Convergence Myth Perceptions

By Jeff Loether

There is a lot of buzz about AV and IT "converging," and there is some confusion as to what this really means. It seems as though IT is taking over everything with the Internet of Things (IoT), including telephones (VOIP), television (IPTV), and now even the AudioVisual realm.

EMD + HIDI Alliance Bringing the Best of AV + IT to HITEC

The AV + IT worlds are colliding at HITEC: CIOs, CTOs, and CFOs looking for all things AudioVisual, Acoustical, Engineering and IT, including networking, communications, security integration and infr.

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