“Datatrend is thrilled to support the HT-NEXT Awards Program and the Hotel Visionary and TechOvation honorees,” says Charlie Cox, President, Datatrend Technologies. “We help bring next-generation technologies to market friction-free, working with hoteliers and solution providers to develop and deploy innovative applications ranging from guest experience to operational efficiencies. So, this awards program is a perfect complement to Datatrend’s role in hospitality technology innovation.”
Through a two-part program, the HT-NEXT Awards honor both hotel companies and the technology suppliers that serve them. Showcasing these innovations in one joint awards presentation presents a broader picture of the inspiring advances that are being made in both technology and strategic implementation.
The Hotel Visionary Awards are open to hotel companies (including corporate brands, property management companies, and owners). Past award winners include: Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Fontainebleu Hotel and more.
Hotels may self-nominate and are encouraged to do so. Technology vendors/suppliers may also nominate hotel companies, but are not themselves qualified to receive the Hotel Visionary Award. Honors are presented in two categories: Customer-Facing Innovator and Enterprise Innovator. The Customer-Facing Innovator Award is presented to a hotel company that has leveraged customer-facing technology innovations to differentiate and/or improve customer service. The Enterprise Innovator Award is given to a hotel company that has leveraged technology beyond standard practices to improve overall hotel operations.
Companies interested in submitting a nomination should fill out the nomination form no later than February 10, 2017.
HTNG’s TechOvation Contest was created to recognize and reward technology innovation in the hospitality industry. To enter, companies must submit a 90-second video showcasing their product or service, which will be hosted on HTNG’s YouTube channel. HTNG members and nonmembers will be able to vote on what technology they find most innovative. This Award Contest is open to HTNG members and nonmembers. Products must be new to the marketplace from 2016 or coming in 2017.
To enter, companies must submit their application entry fee by February 8, and submit their 90-second video showcasing their product or service by February 15. The company is then encouraged to start sharing and collecting "likes" on its video. Judges will review all the videos and vote. Ten videos will become semi-finalists: seven videos selected by the judges and three videos that have the most "likes" by the public.
Semi-finalists will have the opportunity to present their technology live at HT-NEXT. Three finalists will be selected by the judges and the winner will be chosen through a live audience vote. Companies and individuals are encouraged to participate as a contestant, or help select the winner by “liking” videos online and voting at the HT-NEXT Conference. Online voting ends on March 5 and semi-finalists will be announced on March 6.
HT-NEXT will take place April 10–13, 2017 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. HT-NEXT is the first industry-leading event uniting HT’s Hotel Technology Forum and HTNG’s North American Conference into one immersive networking and educational event for hotel executives and solution providers. Visit www.ht-next.com for more information.