You’ve Chosen to Self-Manage AV: Now What Happens If You Don’t Own ALL the Equipment Meeting Planners Are Asking For?
Eric Bracht | March 28, 2019
20 questions to ask when negotiating with an outside AV services provider – or there's AVaStar By Eric Bracht You've got a newly built or recently remodeled hotel, and you've made the decision to self-manage the AV services process. Bill, your hotel's banquet manager, was chosen to be responsible for the hotel's built-in and portable AV equipment. To help Bill, you've invested in AVaStar, a managed-services solution that provides step-by-step guidance to manage every aspect of the AV services process. Bill plans and details all meeting technology needs, including ensuring that portable and built in equipment is working and ready f...
Eric Bracht | February 28, 2019
Your hotel's AV Operations Manual isn't missing – it doesn't exist. A new 'AV as a Service' platform makes managing all AV technology — built-in, portable, background music, digital signage and even outside service vendors — a breeze By Eric Bracht You're getting ready to open your hotel (or are just taking over at a property) and see that there are installed AV systems in your event spaces; there are projectors and screens and flat panel displays in various rooms and public areas. There are different sizes and types of speakers installed throughout the property, indoors and outside. There are control panels and conne...
Eric Bracht | February 14, 2019
10 steps to maximizing ROI from an owners' investment in audio/visual equipment, sound systems and amplification, background music systems, lighting and dimming systems, digital signage and more By Eric Bracht It's been a decade since the hospitality industry emerged from the depths of the economic recession. It took some time, but today hoteliers are experiencing a strong U.S. economy coupled with one of the lowest unemployment rates in history. According to the Deloitte 2019 US Travel and Hospitality Outlook, "unprecedented growth, driven by a robust economy, rising global consumer purchasing power, and digital innovation, however, co...
While ‘Celebrating the Past and Charting the Future’ Don’t Overlook Event Technologies as a CapEx Investment
Jeff Loether | October 10, 2018
By Jeff Loether This week in Miami, the International Society of Hospitality Consultants is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. Three decades ago, this association was founded by 19 members; today it's a society of 229 members in 29 countries. The theme of the 30th Anniversary event is is "Celebrating the Past, Charting the Future." As someone who has worked in the event technology field for nearly 40 years (from concept through design, to construction, commissioning, and operations), I have spent my career consulting with hoteliers and conference center operators to better manage their AV technologies. This year's Annual Conference theme...
AVaStar | June 12, 2018
Want to know where your AV Technology program is falling short? Complete EMD's online questionnaire to receive a customized scorecard at HITEC to better shop this show and create a better guest experience; HITEC Attendees can enter to WIN a Bose Bluetooth Speaker System Visit Booth #1019 at HITEC, June 18 to 21, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston [Gaithersburg, Md.—June 12, 2018]— Who budgets Capex funds for AV equipment and systems at your hotel … Finance … IT … AV? Do the presentation systems at your property meet your current brand standards? How are you tracking AV/Technology revenue...
AVaStar | May 23, 2018
New SaaS solution enables hoteliers to be in the AV business 'for' themselves . . . not 'by' themselves Visit Booth #1019 at HITEC, June 18 to 21, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston [Gaithersburg, Md.—May 23, 2018]—Self-managing technology requirements for meetings and events can be stressful for small hotel operators, especially those who don't have the luxury of working with an outsourced technology provider. Sales-and-catering teams have a lot of information to manage and multiple systems to track and communicate meeting planners' needs – including audiovisual technology. Staff are often responsible...
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