AT HT-NEXT: Carnival Corp.'s John Padgett Delivers Keynote

HT-NEXT 2021 is going on now through Dec. 16. Here's a preview of some of the stellar sessions.
Anna Wolfe
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Today at HT-NEXT: attendees will hear from John Padgett, President of Princess Cruises and Chief Experience and Innovation Officer at Carnival Corp. In this highly anticipated day 1 keynote, Padgett will discuss how his team accelerated the MedallionClass roll out in the face of a global pandemic; why “contactless” and “touchless” innovations originally designed to make life on board more enjoyable, have taken on greater significance; and how the smartest ships at sea offer an intriguing glimpse into the Metaverse.

John Padgett wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera
John Padgett delivers the keynote address at HT-NEXT 2021.

Padgett will discuss the rise of experiential IoT, its role in the Metaverse, and what it means for the hospitality industry.

[Read more: Carnival's OceanMedallion Tech: The Wave of the Future]
Hospitality Technology (HT) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are collaborating for the fifth year in a row to host HT-NEXT 2021, a unique conference for the hospitality technology industry. HT-NEXT 2021 is going on now through Dec. 16 at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Padgett is just one of the highly anticipated speakers. Other speakers and notable sessions include: 


Check back for the HT-NEXT recap from HT’s editors!  

HT-NEXT brings together hotel technology solution providers with leaders and influencers from leading hotel companies spanning IT, finance, marketing, distribution and operations.