10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

What is the REIT fit?

Understand opportunities and challenges of REITs in today’s market and whether it’s the right fit for your next investment.

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Measuring ROI and Funding Your Technology Investment

Explore the pros and cons of different funding models for technology purchases, how to calculate the ROI of a technology-based investment and the best time to invest.

12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

The Lender’s View: A Market Assessment for Today
and Tomorrow

Look through the lens of the lender to understand nuances that may make or break financing a construction deal and how to present the most persuasive deal regardless of property segment.

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Dual- and Tri-Branding

Today’s hospitality landscape is evolving each day with innovative ways to gain the most market share. Dual- and tri-branded properties allows you to hit multiple target markets while sharing operating costs—including reduced labor expense. Gain an understanding of these types of developments and learn how you can benefit from this market with much less competition.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Maximize HR with Human Capital Technologies

Combat labor shortages by getting to know your employees better. Leverage emerging technologies that can analyze personnel data and identify psychological profiles.

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Planting the Seed: How to Empower the Next Generation

Hear from a panel of successful millennials on how to empower your future leaders to grow your business and foster long-term employees.



10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Digi-Tecture: Create Immersive, Interactive Experiences That Change as Fast as Guests’ Minds

Then: Design that lasts 14 years. Now: Design that lasts 14 seconds. Next: Design that steps into the future of multimedia-driven environments that can capture the emotions of an individual guest, bring people together around a digital campfire or immerse viewers in an interactive space that can morph second by second. Learn what this means for hospitality spaces and why you should be an early adopter.

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Smart-Specs Interiors: Public Space Lighting

Learn how to effectively describe your design intent from the vast array of styles and types available, specify the technical aspects of that gorgeous lighting, adhere to ADA compliance, and who (or what) Kelvin is. Learn how to specify lamping for optimal design and operational performance.

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Hospitality on Edge: Climate Change, Trade Wars and Brand Overload

Global forces, often beyond our control, have a major impact on the making or renovation of a hotel. Join a lively no-holds-barred discussion with industry leaders on topics including fallout from unforeseen events such as climate change, the meaning of constant new brands, and trade wars’ effects on where things are manufactured today.

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Listen Up: Fun, Important Lessons in the Art of
Working Together

Life is not a monologue. So sorry. Working effectively in the hospitality industry requires that you really, really pay attention to what your clients, colleagues and suppliers are saying, think on your feet and understand the value of someone’s time. Here’s a “how-to” on these topics as a game-filled improv session. Come and play.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Box of Tricks: Innovating the Guestroom Across Sectors

Let’s face it, the basic room bay isn’t going to change. That doesn’t stop the guest from expecting near-magical rejuvenation and indulgence from the hours they spend in the space. Here, designers for projects ranging from new midscale brand launches to luxury ski resorts dig deep into the strategies that pay off for clients and guests. Bonus: Get ready for an inside look at making sure the focal points don’t get value-engineered out.