HITEC 2019 Minneapolis: How to Prepare
HITEC 2019 in Minneapolis is one of the largest hospitality technology industry events of its kind. It showcases an extensive array of solutions and insights to bring value to hotel organizations big and small.
The event is balanced between educational sessions, keynotes, and trade show floor exhibitions. It’s also a chance to connect to new ways of thinking about how to create superior guest experiences while maximizing resources and revenues.
Getting ROI on an event like this is important. So, what’s the best way to approach the show to make sure that you get the most out of it? Here are some pointers to consider before you go to HITEC this year.
Consider your business goals for the year
As always, it’s essential to match hospitality technology solutions with specific and measurable business goals. With so much happening in the industry right now reflected by what you’ll see at the show, it’s easy to get sidetracked and distracted.
Refresh yourself on the goals and challenges that you and your organization face and plan to address this year. That will help you to filter out the nice-to-have solutions on the trade show floor from the must-haves you’re seeking out.
Read up on hospitality technology trends
It’s certainly important to consider what you know when it comes to technology and your organization. But it’s important to consider what you don’t know, too.
Make sure your research on emerging trends is up to date and that you’re connected to what your industry peers are talking about. This will help you to set a plan for yourself when it comes to attending sessions, visiting booths, and arranging meetings with potential vendors. It will make for more stimulating and productive conversations all around, too.
Peruse the list of attending vendors
Who’s pushing the innovation envelope right now in your area of interest? Who among them will be attending HITEC 2019? Where are they going to be on the trade show floor? Make it your business to find out. Here’s a great link to get you started! (hint: Infor will be at booth 1819).
Develop a set of specific questions for potential partners
Just like conducting a job interview with a prospective candidate, it’s important to do the same when it comes to choosing hospitality technology partners.
What kind of organization do you want to engage at the show and potentially work with after it? What problems must a vendor’s solution help you address? What essential values should the vendor reflect during a meeting that will make them a good fit as a partner? What are the deal-breakers? Make sure to frame these questions and others in your mind, in advance.
Prepare before you go, but keep an open mind
Preparation is important to making sure that you’re making the best use of your time at any event. But so is open-mindedness. A big part of a show like HITEC is about looking at things from a different vantage point. When you do that, new possibilities often emerge.
So, attend that off-the-beaten-path education session that you’re curious about. Watch the pitches and visit the booths of E20X participants. Take in a tech talk in the exhibit hall. You never know what you’ll discover.
What to expect from Infor at HITEC 2019
Our team at Infor will be on the scene at HITEC 2019 Minneapolis at booth 1819. We’ll be meeting with hospitality professionals like you and demonstrating the newest developments in hotel property management and revenue management.
If you’re going to this year’s show, we’d love to connect with you.
To arrange a meeting with us in advance (strongly advised!), click here to get started.
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