The Evolution of Conference and Event Spaces in Hotels: Embracing Versatile Solutions

The Evolution of Conference and Event Spaces in Hotels: Embracing Versatile Solutions

In the ever-evolving landscape of hospitality, hotels must strive to cater to the various needs of guests and enhance their overall experience. Hotels frequently serve as a space for conferences, meetings, and large events, which, in turn, requires technology and solutions that keep up with the trends. Today, hotels are embracing cutting-edge technologies and transforming these meeting and event spaces into dynamic hubs of productivity, connectivity, and engagement.

Let’s dive into a few up-and-coming solutions that maximize the guest experience.

Interactive Digital Signage and Smart TVs: A Game-Changer

Interactive digital signage has emerged as a game-changer in the realm of conference and event spaces within hotels. These versatile displays serve as more than just static information boards, with interactive and intuitive features that are often customizable. Whether it’s a touchscreen kiosk in the lobby or a large-scale video wall in the conference space, interactive digital signage offers a myriad of functionalities that enhance the overall event experience.

Moreover, these displays can be integrated with event management software, allowing organizers to update schedules in real-time, make announcements, and facilitate attendee engagement through interactive polls and surveys. The flexibility offered by interactive digital signage ensures that hotel event spaces can cater to a wide range of events, from corporate conferences and seminars to weddings and social gatherings.

LG LAEC Series displayConstructed with an embedded controller and built-in speaker, LG’s lineup of All-In-One Displays eliminate the idea that LED displays are complicated to install. With wireless screen sharing, the LAEC Series is compatible with LG One:Quick Share, allowing a user to share their screen from their device to the display. Plus, the Magic Remote allows users to select and run the menu of the signage using a mouse, with the cursor used as a laser pointer. Additionally, the remote features a “FREEZE” button, to temporarily freeze the screen while switching the content, therefore limiting meeting distractions.

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Designed to conduct efficient meetings or advertise important information, LG’s UHD LED Backlit Large Format Monitor includes an assortment of tools to meets a hotel’s signage and communication requirements. Featuring a 4K UHD native resolution for enhanced detail, LG’s UHD signage provides a clear view with a non-glare coating.

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Charging Technology in Meeting Spaces

NonStop conference charging stationHotels are often a go-to location for sales meetings and corporate events, so it’s important to prioritize guests and their devices. With Nonstop wireless charging technology, meeting attendees can efficiently charge their devices, without searching for wall outlets scattered across the room.

Station P features a variety of capabilities designed for the hotel space, including Qi wireless charging, USB-C and USB-A charging, and more. When placed throughout a conference room, this solution provides ample charging options for nearly any device.  Explore the details »

UHD LED Backlit LFMWayfinding Made Simple

Navigating large hotel complexes can be daunting, especially for guests attending events in unfamiliar surroundings. Interactive digital signage simplifies wayfinding by providing intuitive maps, directions, and points of interest within the hotel premises. Guests can effortlessly locate conference rooms, restrooms, dining options, and other amenities with interactive touchscreens. By integrating wayfinding functionalities into interactive digital signage, hotels can alleviate guest frustrations and ensure seamless transitions between different areas of the property.

By embracing these innovations, hotels can differentiate themselves in a competitive market, offering unparalleled event experiences that leave a lasting impression on guests. The evolution of conference and event spaces in hotels is not just about physical infrastructure; it’s about harnessing the power of technology to create meaningful connections, foster collaboration, and inspire memorable moments. As we look to the future of technology in conference and event spaces, one thing is certain: the evolution of conference and event spaces in hotels will continue to be driven by innovation, creativity, and a commitment to delivering exceptional hospitality experiences.

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The Future of Hospitality: Innovations to Watch in 2024

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The Future of Hospitality: Innovations to Watch in 2024
In the dynamic realm of hospitality, innovation is the cornerstone of progress. As we look ahead towards up-and-coming trends and innovations, there are several solutions that will likely see an increase in popularity. From custom furniture designs to revolutionary charging solutions and state-of-the-art full-size appliances for extended stay properties, the future of hospitality promises an unprecedented array of innovations that will redefine guest experiences and reshape industry standards.

Custom Outdoor Furniture Designs

As hotels and resorts strive to create unique guest experiences, custom outdoor furniture designs present a compelling opportunity for innovation and personalization. One of the most notable advantages of custom outdoor furniture lies in its ability to reflect the unique identity of a hotel, resort, or restaurant, and custom designs allow for these spaces to showcase their brand. Additionally, custom designs offer unparalleled flexibility in accommodating different preferences and needs of guests. Cape Soleil Chairs

In particular, there are two trending collections from Cape Soleil that provide a perfect blend of luxury and comfort for hotel spaces, outdoor dining, resorts, and more — the Verde Collection and the Santorini Collection.

The Verde Collection delivers a stunning combination of sustainability and luxury, featuring sophisticated style constructed from recycled materials. Thoughtfully designed with sustainable HDPE materials, the collection provides guests with a realistic wood finish, without the maintenance and wear-and-tear of natural wood. Each item in the Verde Collection delivers impressive durability for years of constant use, with all seating featuring a contoured backrest for additional comfort. And with solid, heavy-duty construction to withstand UV fading, salt, insects, and other outdoor elements, the collection provides guests with a resort-quality feel that’s guaranteed to impress.

The Santorini Collection from Cape Soleil provides a perfect combination of style and durability, featuring contemporary style and all-weather construction. Designed to enhance guest comfort while seamlessly blending in with any style of décor, the collection delivers a luxurious experience for guests in a variety of applications. And with solid, heavy-duty construction to withstand UV fading, salt, insects, and other outdoor elements, the collection provides guests with a resort-quality feel that’s guaranteed to impress. Explore the collections »

Enhanced Extended Stay Properties

Extended stay properties have long catered to travelers looking for a comfortable “home away from home” during longer stays. In 2024, we can expect to see significant enhancements in this segment, particularly in the realm of full-size appliances. Brands like Frigidaire and Midea are introducing full-size appliances with a wide range of options to meet the various needs of guests. From spacious refrigerators to state-of-the-art cooking appliances, these enhancements work to elevate the extended stay experience and attract travelers in search of convenience and comfort.

NonstopNonstop Charging Solutions for Hotel Rooms

In today’s high-tech world, staying connected is more important than ever — especially for hotel guests. With wireless charging capabilities, Nonstop solutions for hotel rooms are becoming increasingly essential. From smartphones and tablets to laptops and smart watches, guests rely on a number of electronic gadgets throughout their stay. In 2024, hotels are stepping up their game by providing convenient charging solutions that ensure guests can power up their devices whenever they need to. Whether it’s built-in USB ports, wireless charging pads, or portable charging stations, these innovations are set to become standard amenities in hotels around the world. Additionally, Nonstop charging solutions offer opportunities for custom designs, allowing properties to include their own personal branding or advertise hotel amenities within the guest room.

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Wireless Screen Sharing with Apple Airplay on LG TVs

As a wireless functionality from Apple, Airplay allows for the streaming of audio, device screens, video, and more from MacBook, iPhone, and iPad. With support available on a variety of LG TV models, guests can seamlessly share content from their Apple devices straight to their TV. Additionally, this capability provides increased efficiency when changing content in lobby TVs, keeping guests informed and engaged at all times.

Supported models include the US670H Series UHD 4K Pro:Centric Smart Hospitality Displays, available in 50″, 55″, 65″, and 75″ sizes.

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The future of hospitality in 2024 holds immense promise, with innovations ranging from custom furniture designs to charging solutions and enhanced amenities for extended stay properties. As the industry continues to evolve, it’s clear that innovation will remain at the forefront, driving progress, shaping perceptions, and creating an enjoyable experience for guests. By embracing these transformative technologies and ideas, hospitality spaces can anticipate a future where guest satisfaction knows no bounds, and unforgettable experiences await at every turn.

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Easy Audio: A Roadmap to Confident Integration in Hospitality Projects

Easy Audio: A Roadmap to Confident Integration in Hospitality Projects

In the world of hospitality, incorporating audio into projects can often be seen as a daunting task. However, with a structured approach, focused on both the application and guests’ needs and preferences, the process can certainly become an opportunity for success. Rob Voorhees, CTS, CTP, DSCE, CTNS, Dante, BDM II – Technical Specialist at Exertis Almo, has shared with us some valuable insights on how to start incorporating sound into projects with ease. Let go through some of these tips together and turn any uncertainties into endless possibilities.

1. Understanding the Application and Customer’s Needs:
You can begin the audio integration journey by gaining a basic understanding of the application and the specific requirements of your customer. This involves asking targeted questions, much like you would for other components of a project. For example, inquire about the need for microphones, amplification for live bands or pianos, and sound systems. This initial step helps demystify the process and eliminates the “scary unknown.”

2. Creating a Roadmap:
To simplify the integration process you can create a roadmap that starts with the customer’s display or source. Consider how the content will be heard, which most likely requires speakers. These speakers require amplification, potentially involving a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) or mixer for sound control and tuning. Following this roadmap systematically guides you through the integration steps, instilling confidence in both you and your customer to provide a comfortable guest experience.

3. Selling Comfort and Confidence:
Recognize that many integrators may not be entirely comfortable with audio topics. Therefore, focus on selling comfort and confidence throughout the integration process. By breaking down the project into manageable steps and clearly defining each component, your not only simplifying the task at hand, but also assuring that your customers are fully informed and set up for success.

4. Knowing Your Resources:
One key to removing the unknown and building confidence is being aware of your available resources. Numerous vendors and sites, such as Harman Pro Training, offer online support made specifically to enhance your audio knowledge. Additionally, you can utilize any available design tools provided by audio vendors. For example, JBL’s Distribute System Design can assist in determining speaker quantity and required wattage for amplifiers based on specific dimensions. Need to know your sound reinforcement system will be free from feedback? Check out the Exertis Almo PAG-NAG calculator.

5. Utilizing Exertis Almo Support with Manufacturer Relationships:
For support beyond training and design tools, our BDM team acts as a direct connection to our manufacturer partners. From technical support and system design to product training and demo programs, our BDMs are here to assist you and to connect you with our manufacturers for additional help with designing a system or creating the ultimate Bill of Materials (BOM). If certain questions make you uncomfortable or if uncertainty arises, remember that Exertis Almo and our manufacturers are there to assist you and your customer. If you leverage your available resources correctly, then a successful audio integration is certainly achievable!

In conclusion, incorporating sound into hospitality projects doesn’t have to be a complex and intimidating process. With a structured approach, a clear roadmap, and a utilization of vendor resources, you can confidently navigate the world of audio integration, delivering exceptional results for both you and your customers!

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Hospitality Trends for 2024: What to Expect in Travel

Hospitality Trends for 2024

The new year is fast approaching, and with a new year comes new trends!

The hospitality industry is constantly evolving, so staying ahead of the trends is crucial for both hospitality professionals and travelers alike. As we look towards 2024, let’s dive into the anticipated changes and developments that will shape the future of travel.

Personalized Experiences
Hospitality professionals can expect to see a shift towards personalized experiences. With advancements in technology, hotels and other accommodations will be able to gather more data on their guests’ preferences and tailor their experiences accordingly. We could see this manifesting through personalized room amenities, custom travel itineraries, or even customized dining experiences.

Sustainability
Sustainability will also continue to be a major trend in the hospitality travel industry. Travelers are becoming increasingly conscious of their environmental impact, and hotels are responding by implementing eco-friendly practices such as energy-efficient systems, waste reduction initiatives, and utilizing locally-sourced products.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Another trend that is likely to gain traction is experiential travel. Travels are seeking unique and immersive experiences that go beyond simply visiting popular tourist destinations. This means that travelers are wanting to immerse themselves in the culture’s of the places that they choose to visit. This could look like “traveling off the beaten path” via volunteer opportunities, cultural wellness retreats, or relying more on travel-influencer marketing vs traditional marketing.

Experience-Focused Travel
Another trend that is likely to gain traction is experiential travel. Travels are seeking unique and immersive experiences that go beyond simply visiting popular tourist destinations. This means that travelers are wanting to immerse themselves in the culture’s of the places that they choose to visit. This could look like “traveling off the beaten path” via volunteer opportunities, cultural wellness retreats, or relying more on travel-influencer marketing vs traditional marketing.

Apps
Lastly, the rise of social media and digital platforms will continue to shape how people book their travel arrangements. Online booking platforms and mobile apps will become even more user-friendly and intuitive, allowing travelers to easily search for accommodations, compare prices, read reviews, and make reservations with just a few taps. Travelers will expect to see this information quickly and clearly, and will be more inclined automatically “rule out” a venue if their online appearance seems to be dated or confusing.

Looking ahead to 2024, staying informed about the emerging trends in the hospitality and travel industry is crucial for both professionals in the field and travelers alike. Stay ahead of the curve: brainstorm on how to implement these trends today!

Happy New Year and Happy Travels from the Hospitality experts at Exertis Almo!

Navigating the Holidays: Top Qualities to Look for When Selecting a Hotel

Hotel Room Hacks: Making the Most of Your Stay Away from Home
The holiday season is here! As you gear up for this busy time of the year, it’s crucial to find the right “home away from home.” Choosing the right hotel can make or break your experience, so let’s explore the top qualities that you should be looking for when making this important decision.

Location, Location, Location!
The first rule of hotel selection– consider the location. A close proximity to your desired activities and events can help make your stay easy and stress-free. Save on transport costs after you arrive, skip the holiday traffic, and make the most of your time away when you prioritize location!

Comfort and Amenities
Whether you’re traveling for business, family, or fun, it’s important to remember the value of comfort and amenities. Some universal perks include spacious rooms, free WIFI and parking, and flexible arrival and departure times. It’s also important to prioritize amenities that match the intentions of your trip. Are you looking for relaxation? A hotel that offers perks such as hot tubs, room service, and an on-site spa may be the one for you! Looking to explore the area? A hotel that offers concierge services and discounts to local businesses may be the best fit! It’s beneficial to weigh the pros and cons in order to find the perfect hotel that fit’s your needs.

Safety and Cleanliness
Nobody likes getting sick, especially around the holidays. This is why it’s important to prioritize safety and cleanliness when selecting a hotel. Research the hotel’s hygiene protocols, read up on reviews from recent guests, and call if you have specific questions. This will allow you to make an informed decision, keeping you and your loved ones healthy and safe this holiday season.

Local Cuisine and Dining Options
Holidays are a time for indulgence, and a hotel with exceptional dining options can add an extra layer of enjoyment to your stay. Explore hotels with on-site restaurants that offer a diverse menu, or ones that speak to your personal tastes and preferences. If you’d enjoy exploring the local cuisine, try taking a look at the near-by restaurants that peak your interest. Be sure to take note of their reservation policies, as local businesses may prefer you book ahead during the holidays.

Customer Reviews
Don’t underestimate the power of customer reviews. Platforms like Trip Advisor and Google Reviews can provide valuable insights into the true guest experience of a particular hotel. Pay attention to both negative and positive reviews in order to make an informed decision. Topics like cleanliness, friendliness of staff, ease of check-in/check-out process, and overall presentation are the most important to look for. It’s also important to take into account when the reviews were posted. Depending on how recently the feedback was uploaded, the hotel may have implemented changes in order to improve overall guest experience.

As you gear up for the holidays, keep these qualities and tools in mind to ensure a wonderful experience. A well-chosen hotel becomes more than just a place to stay–it becomes a place where holiday memories are made.

Happy holidays and safe travels from the Hospitality experts at Exertis Almo!

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