Insights from a HITEC Orlando Visitor Blogger

Written by: Ron Strecker, CHAE+, CHTP+

HITEC 2022 is in full swing, and it actually feels just like the HITECs from pre-pandemic days. The aisles are full of distributors and once more, and the vitality within the exhibit corridor is electrical. This 12 months marks my twenty sixth consecutive HITEC. It’s the primary occasion I stay up for yearly for 3 causes.: innovation, schooling and networking.

  1. Innovation: A number of the most revolutionary distributors in our trade can usually be discovered alongside the sides of the present flooring with out lots of the flash and glitz proven by lots of the bigger distributors. However I problem you to cease at these cubicles and hearken to their story. I guess you will discover just a few that provide you with a light-weight bulb second. A type of area of interest distributors I got here throughout immediately was Recent Air Sensors in Sales space #1117 who’ve created a tool that may detect and notify the lodge when tobacco or marijuana smoke is current. This answer prevents arguments and chargebacks when company violate your non-smoking coverage.
  2. Training: Attending HITEC’s instructional classes over time provided me the chance to build up CPE hours in direction of my certification upkeep annually. The content material for these classes has all the time been related to the real-time challenges dealing with the trade on the time. I’ve now reached emeritus standing with my certifications, so amassing CPEs is not needed, however that does not cease me from attending as lots of the classes as potential. Monday’s line up of classes was one of many strongest first day packages I can bear in mind. Nice work by the HITEC Advisory Council.
  3. Networking: Let’s face it: hospitality is all about relationships and HITEC is a type of occasions that appears like an annual reunion. It is a chance to meet up with my friends and my pals within the vendor neighborhood. And infrequently, there’s the extra satisfaction of seeing friends obtain the accolades they deserve, as is the case with Jeff Bzdawka’s induction into the HFTP Worldwide Hospitality Know-how Corridor of Fame. Jeff and I labored collectively on the Hyatt Regency Kansas Metropolis again within the late Eighties the place he was the reservations supervisor. Congratulations, Jeff.

Benefit from your remaining time at HITEC 2022 by specializing in these three necessary parts. And begin making your plans now to attend HITEC 2023 (June 26-29) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I will likely be there — will you?

Ron Strecker, CHAE+, CHTP+ is an impartial advisor, writer, and speaker with over 35 years of senior monetary management roles. He’s additionally an official occasion visitor blogger for HITEC Orlando 2022, happening June 27-30 on the Orange County Conference Heart in Orlando, Florida USA. Proceed checking HFTP Join for extra of Ron’s experiences at HITEC this 12 months.