Timothy Hentschel, co-founder and CEO of HotelPlanner, is the recipient of the 2018 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award. He will receive the award at the 10th annual Cornell Hospitality Icon and Innovator Awards gala on June 5 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.
Hentschel founded HotelPlanner, based in West Palm Beach, Florida, in 2003 and it currently serves more than 4.2 million group event planners. It received $7 billion in group hotel booking requests in 2017 and is expected to process $10 billion in 2018.
The Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award is presented annually by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. It began in 2009 and also serves as a fundraiser for the school.