Live from HITEC: Top News and Tech Releases from the Show Floor

By Christina Volpe | June 23, 2009

One of the largest hospitality technology trade shows, HITEC, is primetime for hotel technology vendors to release their newest products and announce the latest customer implementations. For those industry executives not in attendance at this year's show in Anaheim, California, Hospitality Technology offers this roundup of the top stories that you are missing, right from the show floor.

Hoteliers Offered the Chance to Win a Complete Technology Make-Over
The Ultimate Hotel Technology Make-Over contest, launched by MSI and Libra OnDemand during the week of HITEC, gives hoteliers the chance to enter and win a complete technology makeover.

Merchant Link, MICROS Offer Next-Gen Credit Card Security System for OPERA PMS Users
Through a newly announced agreement with MICROS, Merchant Link's hosted credit card security solution will soon enable OPERA PMS users to achieve PCI compliance and protect personal guest data.

Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Taps Rainmaker Group for Revenue Management Optimization
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas selects Rainmaker's revolution product suite to maximize profitability. System implementation is anticipated in the third quarter of 2009.

Gold Key Solutions Launches Web-based Concierge Assistant
CA Web enables brands to boost guest service across multiple properties and gather guest preference information to drive more effective marketing.

Flyte Systems Unveils Enhancements to FlyteTouch
The enhanced FlyteTouch provides travelers with real-time airport flight statuses, boarding passes, local weather, traffic and safety information for total traveler service.

ResortSuite to Discuss the Launch of RS Ambassador
ResortSuite's founder and CEO will lead a press conference to discuss the launch of RS Ambassador, a solution designed to provide rich, streamlined communications between ResortSuite and other industry-leading hospitality software systems.

LodgeNet Launches IPTV Solution Powered by Apple MAC Mini
Leveraging the capabilities of both the Apple Mac mini and LodgeNet's HDTV technology, the LodgeNet IPTV+ provides guests with access to a broad selection of on-demand entertainment content, supports the delivery of TV- and Web-based entertainment, provides a platform for the development of next-gen interactive applications, and more.

TravelCLICK's Newest Product Release to Help Hotels Harness the Power of Social Networks
TravelClick's social marketing optimization service is designed to open the door to online communities, engage consumers in interactive conversations, and drive traffic from numerous marketing channels.

MICROS Expands OPERA Capabilities with Cell Phone-Enabled Features
New features within the OPERA enterprise solution allow guests to manage their hotel reservations and travel itineraries from mobile devices, order room service with a PDA, receive confirmation texts, and more.
 
The Westin St. Francis becomes the first hotel to pilot iCon, a solution designed to function as a mobile concierge that can be used as a bedside communication device for guests or a mobile control for use by property staff.
 
New mobile MICROS features for the iPhone, digital menu board solutions, and OPERA's MyStayManager are just some of the technology solutions that will be on display.
 
SAFLOK premieres Messenger LENS, a subscriber-publisher software designed to transmit real-time information from guestroom locks to hotel staff as it occurs.
 
The mobile application allows hoteliers the ability to access real-time property data points including daily, weekly and monthly ADR, REVPAR and Occupancy stats. Features that track guest room availability, guest status, and room status are also offered.
 
The HITEC coverage doesn't stop here. Keep checking in throughout the show for more industry news and technology innovations as they are being announced.

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