Entrepreneurial Spirit: Day Two at HITEC 2016

Day two of HITEC 2016 dawned in beautiful, sunny New Orleans. After an evening of jazz at Generations Hall and delicious southern cuisine, conference-goers returned to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Centre yesterday morning to visit exhibitors, attend educational super sessions, and listen to keynotes by industry thought leaders.

At HITEC 2016, Josh Linkner, an entrepreneur, speaker, and author whose work has appeared in Forbes, The Harvard Business Review, and The New York Times, delivered a well-received keynote speech about the need to always innovate in a highly competitive market. He outlined five things hoteliers can do to continue pushing creative boundaries:

  • Be curious;
  • Crave what’s next;
  • Defy tradition;
  • Get scrappy; and
  • Adapt fast.

The worst thing hotels can do, he said, is to stick to the status quo while their competitors push boundaries and adapt to changing times. Hoteliers must think like entrepreneurs — even when they’re not.

Most of the action took place on the exhibition floor, where attendees mingled with hospitality media, innovators, and hotel tech providers.

And of course, at HITEC 2016, many others took advantage of all the sights, sounds, and tastes the Big Easy has to offer!

Don’t forget to drop by the Mitel Pavilion (booth #1425) to see a live demo of Loop! We’re on the exhibition floor for the full four days of the conference.

What did you discover at HITEC 2016 yesterday? Let us know on LinkedIn, Facebook, or on Twitter @Benbria.

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