NEW YORK—HX: The Hotel Experience—Rooms to Restaurants, formerly the International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show (IHMRS)—named the winners of the Editor’s Choice Awards, TECHPitch, and Tabletop Challenge during the show, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center November 13-15.
Five exhibitors received Editor’s Choice Awards recognizing best new products within the categories of food & beverage, foodservice equipment, guest amenities, hotel products and technology. From the five winners, the Kenneth F. Hine “Best of Show” Award was selected.
In the food & beverage category, Juicero, a professional quality, countertop cold-press juicer, won. It presses plant-based organic Produce Packs that are delivered fresh in minutes, at the touch of a button, eliminating all the typical prep and cleanup, according to the company.
Elkay Foodservice won in the foodservice equipment category for Elkay’s Blubar Countertop. This dispenses hygienically safe chilled sparkling, chilled still and ambient temperature water at an economical price point, said the company. Its UV Purification System acts as a strong sterilizer preventing bacterial growth and cross contamination on the dispenser.
The ES Simulation Package from Ernest Sports won the guest amenities category. It offers customers access to over 110,000 golf courses and a free driving range app. The ES16 Tour launch monitor combines both Doppler radar and photometric cameras to provide the most accurate shot data available.
In the hotel products category, Ramler International won with the Connect Chair. This chair charges smartphones, and also includes a steel frame, luxury ergonomic seat, flexible backrest for lumbar support, molded high-density foam, integrated coat hook, and is stackable to 10 chairs.
In the technology category, AeraMax Pro took home the win. AeraMax Professional commercial-grade air purifiers helps provide guests a cleaner, healthier environment by reducing odors and capturing up to 99.9% of germs, viruses and allergens, said the company.
The Kenneth F. Hine Best of Show Award was presented to Ramler International.
Judges for the 21st Editor’s Choice Awards were Kris Burnett, Hospitality Upgrade; Michael Scinto, Total Foodservice; Christine Trauthwein, Hotel Business and Dave Turner, TabletopJournal.com.
The 4th Annual Tabletop Challenge winner was Tina Delia from the Philadelphia, PA design firm of Tina Delia Designs. With her table titled “Tea for 2”, Delia bested three other teams in a vote of HX attendees. The Tabletop Challenge was co-presented by the HX and TabletopJournal.com and was hosted by its publisher, Dave Turner.
The 2nd annual TECHPitch winner was Zoottle for its No App Required technology. In describing the service, Zoottle President Christos Perakis explained, “The importance of apps in hospitality is growing proportional to the difficulty in getting guests to download and use them. Apps can allow guests to check-in, order room service, view local weather and attractions, re-book and overall become a happier more profitable customer. Unfortunately, less than 5% of hotel guests download hotel apps. This is where Zoottle’s new “No App Required” feature comes in. Zoottle is able to run a hotel’s app via any browser— thus all guests have access to the hotel’s app on their computer, tablet and/or smartphone, not just the 5% that have downloaded it.”
As winner of TECHpitch, Zoottle will receive a free 10×10 booth at HX 2017.
TECHPitch allowed eight finalists—all HX exhibitors—to showcase their products in a presentation with the winner chosen by a panel of judges made up of hospitality industry thought leaders: Valerie Ferguson, VP of operations + innovation, Disney; Dave Lorenzini, CEO, EFX; and Nicole Carlino, senior associate editor, Hotel Business.