The "Hospitality Innovation Award 2019" was presented to the Major of Vienna, Dr. Michael Ludwig, by PKF hotelexperts
The conference program started in the morning with masterclasses dedicated to AI and BIM with users, operators and scientists. The conclusion: There is still a high demand for information and even a greater need for action in the hospitality industry. This part was followed by project showcases of new intriguing hotel brands: Berghotel Rehlegg, Hotel Liebelei Wien by Konzept Hotels, Coffee Fellows Hotel, Bentō Inn, THE EMBASSIES and Caption by Hyatt.
After noon five start-ups with smart and digital technologies for the hospitality market, amongst others Flissade, Floating Office and HeimVR, participated in the Techno-Pitch for the Upgrade Award. The prize was received by Floating Office, which enables to save space by moving furniture vertically by using an app.
At the same time Liam Brown, President and Managing Director Europe, Marriott International hosted the CEO workshop for a small group, while the results were presented to the whole audience in the afternoon. Prof. Christopher K. Anderson, Director Center for Hospitality Research, Cornell University, School of Hotel Administration gave insights in the "Drivers of Change in Hospitality" to be followed by a panel discussion with top experts related to this year's topic "Hotel & Co. Respecting and Rethinking Boundaries": Hannibal DuMont Schütte, STAYERY, Marcel Lindt, Accor and Dr. Steen Rothenberger, LINDENBERG HOSPITALITY. In the afternoon six experts of different sectors of the hospitality market had short face to face meetings with start-ups during a Business Speed Dating.
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We want to thank all speakers, sponsors, partners and attendees for a great event and we are looking forward again to hotelforum 2020 on 7 October 2020 in Munich, Hotel Bayerischer Hof!
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