In just over a week, the hospitality industry will descend upon Orlando, Florida, to partake in what has become – unequivocally – our industry’s biggest annual event: The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC). A large-scale meeting of the minds and unparalleled networking opportunity, HITEC brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe in one place. The conference's goal is simple but impactful – provide hospitality leaders with a chance to not only celebrate the continued progress of our industry but to exchange ideas, network with like-minded professionals, embrace technological innovation, utilize world-class resources, and benefit from essential education and panels of industry experts.
This year also happens to be the 50th anniversary of HITEC and represents a critical moment for the industry. After two years of unprecedented challenges brought on by the pandemic, we have finally traversed into the post-pandemic landscape. Collectively, we find ourselves in a period of long-awaited recovery and rejuvenation. Our industry’s post-pandemic success will be largely informed by the digital innovation showcased in Orlando from July 27th to 30th. While our anticipation for the annual event grows with each passing day, here are five things you don’t want to miss while attending HITEC 2022.
1. Opening Party & Fundraiser
In true Orlando fashion, the Opening Party for HITEC 2022 promises to make a splash among attendees. Presented by VENZA and CyberTek, the party will be at SeaWorld Orlando on June 27, 2022, from 6:00 — 11:00 p.m., with ticket proceeds directed towards hospitality scholarships.
The highly anticipated party will grant attendees access to park attractions, a private Dolphin Adventures Show, the Electric Ocean: Ignite fireworks and light show, and one-hour exclusive ride time at the end of the evening. Other sponsors of the opening party include Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), the producers of HITEC, TraknProtect, and Stayflexi.
2. Your Chance to Be Featured on the Modern Hoteliers Podcast (Live!)
The Modern Hotelier podcast, presented by Stayflexi, is a highly regarded industry podcast hosted by Stayflexi’s own Steve Carran and industry veteran David Millili. Each episode sees Carran and Millili discussing current industry trends and new technologies. During HITEC, The Modern Hotelier podcast will be doing live interviews with attendees and a few special guests. You can listen to the podcast on your favorite app – Don’t miss this opportunity to be highlighted on a popular industry platform alongside industry peers and leaders! Come by booth #228 to sign up.
3. Ride the Epic Party Bus
HITEC is not all work and no play. To enhance the experience of attendees, the Stayflexi, Party Bus (sponsored by VENZA + CyberTek, SHR, Laasie, and The Modern Hotelier) will ensure everyone can ride in style while in Orlando. The bus will run from 6 PM to 12 AM, stopping at hotels and attractions.
- 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM - Allbridge HITEC Reception - Cuba Libre, 9101 International Drive, Orlando - Click here to register.
- 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - Cloud5 Happy Hour - Hyatt Regency Orlando, Orchid Room - register here
- 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Sonifi - Harry’s Poolside Bar & Grill - 9840 International Dr, Orlando - Register here
- 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM - WAV & Ruckus HITEC Happy Hour - Mangos Tropical Cafe - Register here
- 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM - World Cinema - Howl at the Moon - 8815 International Dr, Orlando,
- 8:00 pm to 1:00 AM - Safety NetAccess Party – Mango’s w/ The SPAZMATICS!! 8126 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, United States - Register here
4. Meet the New Leaders in Innovation
Stayflexi: In the spirit of innovation, HITEC attendees can visit Stayflexi, at booth #228 to experience several exciting new features, including a flexible booking model for hotels that leverages time-based stays, early check-ins, late check-outs, and optimal inventory sales to drive additional revenues on unsold rooms and boost hotel occupancies by 30%. Stayflexi will also be launching Magic Link: a revolutionary innovation by Stayflexi to bridge the gap between guest and host by connecting guests to their hotel in real-time. The Magic Link takes care of self-check-ins, room upgrades, upsells, payments, and any guest service requests. It also loads on any mobile device without any app and can be made accessible throughout the entire booking life cycle.
The best part? As part of a HITEC-only promotion, Stayflexi will be offering $1000 worth of Stayflexi credits and a $500 Amazon gift card for any new clients that sign up for the platform during the show.
Here are some other innovators to make sure you visit at the event:
VENZA: Booth #1513. VENZA offers 360-degree visibility for proactive management of risks — so users can focus on guest service and building trust in their brand.
Whistle: Booth #1707. Whistle is the revolutionary hospitality software that brings modern, faster, contactless communication to hotels.
Sabre Hospitality: Booth #1807. Sabre Hospitality powers the world’s hoteliers with a flexible, reliable, revenue-generating ecosystem.
Shift4: Booth #1335. As the leader in commerce-enabling technology, Shift4 powers billions of transactions annually for hundreds of thousands of businesses in virtually every industry.
SHR (Sceptre Hospitality Resources): Booth # 1717. With an evolving suite of AI-driven solutions, SHR enables hotels around the world with applications ranging from distribution to revenue management to guest management.
Lassie: Independent hotels will also be interested in learning more about Laasie, a next-gen loyalty platform. Over 1200 hotels are now leveraging Laasie’s marketplace network of 1,000+ instant gratification partners to provide instant rewards to turn more lookers into bookers. You can see the Laasie platform in action at the Stayflexi booth #228.
5. Opening Headliner Session: Leading With Spark
To kick off HITEC 2022 on July 27th, Simon T. Bailey will take the stage from 3:30 to 5:00 PM for the Opening Headliner Session to discuss his topic “Leading with SPARK.” Described as “a breakthrough strategist, motivational change agent, and author,” Bailey comes to HITEC with more than 30 years of industry experience, including serving as sales director for Disney Institute, and has worked with more than 1,800 organizations in 50 countries. With a unique understanding of the pressure that hospitality leaders face in the midst of uncertainty – especially within the post-pandemic landscape – Bailey is the perfect expert to guide our industry’s high performers towards success with easy-to-implement strategies proven to accelerate results.
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Trusted by over 1300+ leading independent hotels, luxury resorts, multi-property groups worldwide, Stayflexi is the industry's first fully automated all-in-one hotel management and automation platform.
Reshaping a legacy hospitality technology landscape, the modern, cloud-based solution provides integrated PMS, Guest Upsells, Channel Manager, Booking Engine, and Revenue Management tools under single sign-on. Packed with powerful features to streamline and automate operations while increasing staff productivity and guest satisfaction, Stayflexi can help hotels maximize profitability. Self-service options like self check-in/check-out, touchless POS, auto room allocations, and auto inventory management can reduce operational costs by 50%, while the upsell engine can increase bookings by 30% while enhancing the guest experience.
The company was founded by computer science majors from Carnegie Mellon and Cornell to address their own problems as hosts as well as travelers and currently serves over 23,000 rooms in 100 cities across 13 countries.