News for the Hospitality Executive
Recap: HEDNA's Winter Meeting
Lessons from 2009, Currents Trends that Will Continue
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, December 9, 2009 - Attendees at HEDNA's Winter Meeting expressed much enthusiasm about HEDNA's educational outreach plans for 2010 and were optimistic about a better market for 2010. HEDNA's Winter Meeting was held December 7-9, 2009 at The Wynn in Las Vegas, NV. Over 200 attendees were in Las Vegas to learn the latest about the industry and to network.
HEDNA is relaunching its popular HEDNA U educational effort, said Melanie Ryan, HEDNA President and senior director, Global Strategic Accounts for Orbitz Worldwide.
The first HEDNA U session will be held in August 2010 in Omaha, NE followed by another session in December 2010 in Dallas/Fort Worth. Designed to educate industry up and comers as well as those in the industry who would like to learn more about electronic distribution. HEDNA U is being enthusiastically greeted by the membership. "We're really looking forward to HEDNA U," said one attendee. "It's a great opportunity for my staff," another said. It's one of the best products HEDNA has ever produced.
2010 will see HEDNA's Networking Lunch initiative begin, which will bring HEDNA to more locations on a frequent basis. The first Networking Lunch will be held February 17, 2009 in San Francisco. Other Lunches are planned for March in Phoenix, AZ; May in Chicago, IL and Dubai; June in London, UK; September in Toronto, Ontario; and October in Atlanta, GA, said Ryan.
HEDNA will continue its Virtual Roundtables in 2010. Upcoming webinars are being planned on social media and connectivity options topics.
Filling the glass
Barry Maher, noted author and inspirational speaker, had attendees on their feet and cheering during his presentation. Maher encouraged attendees to take a different viewpoint of current challenges. "Find the selling points in the negative" aspects of a situation, Maher said. The key to filling your glass is to acknowledge the negatives and turn them into assets. Maher showed attendees the power that a few changes in outlook and a positive attitude can have.
Economy in Transition
The worst is behind us, according to many of the speakers on the Economy in Transition panel. While the economic downturn certainly took its toll, many areas of the travel and hotel industry are seeing signs of rebound with 2010 described as an important transitional year.
Panelist shared their lessons of 2009. Some of those lessons were:
Several current trends will continue into the near future, according to the Future of Travel panelists. Among the trends are:
Committee sessions well attended
HEDNA's Committees - Group, Tour, Standards, UGI (Unique Global Identifier), and Payment Systems - were very well attended. Both the Tour and Payment Systems Committees will be releasing white papers in early 2010. The Committees reviewed the status of the initiatives and heard excellent suggestions on how to move these initiatives forward.
Attendees found the Working Group sessions to be very informative. Speakers from the GDSs and OTAs updated packed audiences on their individual efforts and took questions about upcoming products and services.
The worst is behind us
Christine DeZarn, enterprise services consultant, Rubicon Group said that data does show the industry to be on an upturn. Not all parts of the industry are rising at the same rate, however. Interestingly, volume has shown much growth for transient. Brand.com continues to hold on to market share although at a slightly lower level for transient sales.