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Tech-focused Seminars Will Complement Nearly 200 Tech Exhibitors at
International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show, November 10-13, 2007,
New York City
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WHITE PLAINS, NY, September 19, 2007…The latest technologies making an impact on the hospitality industry will be featured at the 92nd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show® (IH/M&RS), as the market sustains last year's exceptional growth of this product category to feature nearly 200 technology-focused companies. Taking place November 10-13, 2007, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the IH/M&RS will serve as a comprehensive opportunity for tech-savvy attendees, offering cutting-edge resources on the Show floor, near-future technologies in Guestroom 2010 and educational seminars focused on essential technologies for hospitality properties. The complete market will feature 1,250 exhibitors and is expected to attract some 35,000 attendees.

"Discovering new technologies continues to be a top reason for attending the IH/M&RS, as industry professionals strive to stay up-to-date and ahead of the competition," said Christian Falkenberg, show manager. "This market will introduce the latest products that owners and operators can incorporate into their properties to achieve a higher level of guest satisfaction and better operating efficiencies."

Attendees shopping the technology aisles will discover companies offering business center services, check-in kiosks, high-definition televisions, green technologies, reservation systems, security systems, software, telecommunications, wireless solutions and more. Companies new to the IH/M&RS in 2007 include Activision TV, Inc. (high definition flat screen televisions), AltiusPAR (inventory management, reservation systems, revenue management solutions), BuyEfficient (e-procurement platform and purchasing consortium), CleanPix Corporation (digital asset management service for marketing professionals), Digicom Digital/Powermate Cellular (cellular and communication related equipment), QSR Automations (advanced kitchen technology), Quebbie Music Systems (commercial background music systems) and TV Japan (24-hour premium Japanese television network for hotel rooms).

Adding to the technology focus of the IH/M&RS is Guestroom 2010, which returns for a second year to provide attendees with a glimpse at the near-future hotel guestroom. Developed by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), Guestroom 2010 will feature nearly 50 emerging technologies, including an innovation that assists front desk personnel with speaking to foreign guests, a flat panel screen that allows guests to view an expanded area outside their room, a television that appears in the bathroom mirror and more. Additional information about Guestroom 2010 is available online, at www.guestroom2010.org.

Complementing the resources on the Show floor and within Guestroom 2010, educational seminars will offer perspective about timely issues related to technology in the hospitality environment. Tech-focused seminars will include:

"Data Security and PCI Standards - Making Sure Your Organization is Protected and Compliant"
Saturday, November 10, 3:45 - 4:45 pm
Moderated by Daniel Connolly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Denver, School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management. Panelists: Mark G. Haley, CHTP, Partner, The Prism Partnership, LLC; and Chris Zoladz, Vice President, Information Protection & Privacy, Marriott International.

"Top Ten Ways to a Successful IT Project"
Sunday, November 11, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Moderated by Frank Wolfe, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals. Panelists: Daniel Connolly, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Denver, School of Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management; and Brian Garavuso, CHTP, Chief Information Officer, Hilton Grand Vacations Company.

"Next Generation E-Business - Issues and Opportunities"
Sunday, November 11, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Moderated by Clay Dickinson, Vice President, Industry Executive, EDS - Global Travel and Hospitality. Panelists: Brad Carr, Vice President of Technology, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; Bill Peer, Chief Architect, Global Distribution Technology, InterContinental Hotels Group; Valyn Perini, Executive Director OpenTravel Alliance; and Connie L. Rheams, Vice President of Business Development, AltiusPAR.

"Technologies for the Hospitality Business of Tomorrow"
Monday, November 12, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Moderated by Frank Wolfe, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals. Panelists: Carol Campbell Beggs, CHTP, Vice President, Technology, Sonesta International Hotels Corporation; and Darrin Pinkham, CHTP, Vice President, Technology, Ginn Resorts - Gin Hospitality, LLC.

"Credit Card Advisory Committee - Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI) and Best Practices"
Monday, November 12, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Moderated by James O. Abrams, President & CEO, California Hotel & Lodging Association. Panelist: Jennifer Fischer, Director, Payment System Risk & Compliance, Visa USA.

The 92nd annual International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show will run Saturday, November 10, through Tuesday, November 13, 2007, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 10, the IH/M&RS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 11, through Tuesday, November 13. The market presents some 1,250 hospitality industry suppliers and attracts approximately 35,000 in total trade attendance.

The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association; and is managed by GLM. 

For IH/M&RS exhibitor information, contact Christian Falkenberg, show manager, at GLM, Ten Bank Street, White Plains, NY 10606-1954. Telephone (914) 421-3296. Fax (914) 948-6197. E-mail: christian_falkenberg@glmshows.com. Additional information and registration is available online at www.ihmrs.com, or by contacting GLM's Customer Relations Department at (914) 421-3206 or (800) 272-SHOW.

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Contact:

Cate Salvatore/Melissa Gray
(914) 421-3263
E-mail: melissa_gray@glmshows.com
 

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Also See: Guestroom 2010, Featuring 56 Different Technologies, To Be Displayed at IH/M&RS - November 11-14, 2006, New York City / October 2006
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