THE 14th ANNUAL Hotel Data Conference, the gathering of the industry data community, has been sold out for the first time since 2019 with 712 participants for the event on Aug. 10 to 12 at the Omni Nashville Hotel, a statement said.
Started in 2009, the conference is presented by IDeaS and co-hosted by STR and Hotel News Now, according to the statement.
“HDC returning to capacity status is another indicator of the hotel industry’s recovery,” said Amanda Hite, president, STR. “Our conference caters to a segment of the industry that was among the most affected in terms of budget and resources. Professionals from this segment have relied upon data to aid in the recovery, and they understand the need for new perspectives as we approach the seasonal transition from leisure to corporate demand amid a time of economic uncertainty. We are proud to deliver those perspectives through the agenda we have built and the content we will deliver.”
As many as 92 speakers will attend the event across five general sessions, 12 breakout panel sessions, 17 “data dash” sessions and six advanced level “data dive” discussions, the statement added.
The topics covered at the conference include business travel, forecasting, group business, guest evolution, inflation and other macroeconomic indicators, labor challenges, market leaders, OTA relationships, pipeline, and profit optimization.
Key speakers are, Erika Alexander with Marriott International, James Carroll with Crestline Hotels & Resorts, Christine Duffy with Carnival Cruise Line, Sourav Ghosh with Host Hotels & Resorts, Michelle Horn with Delta Air Lines, Mitch Patel with Vision Hospitality Group, Adam Sacks with Tourism Economics and Peter Strebel with Omni Hotels & Resorts.
This sold out year comes two years after the HDC, like many other major conferences, was changed to mostly online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.