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Mr. Adelson

David Adelson

President & CEO, Intelity Corporation

David Adelson is founder, CEO and president of Intelity, creator of integrated guest services software for the hospitality industry. Since the company began, Intelity has installed its unmatched ICE platform on multiple devices (TVs, smartphones, tablets and PCs) at more than 500 hotels on six continents. It was the first company to allow hotels to offer guest services on tablet in guestrooms and through guests' personal devices. Mr. Adelson has used his background in business that began with his graduation from Penn State as well as nearly two decades of executive leadership experience within the travel and hospitality industries to shape Intelity into a company with a presence within the portfolio of every major hotel brand in the world. In 2011 and 2013, Intelity was awarded with the HFTP Visionary Award. Mr. Adelson currently currently serves on the HTNG Vendor Advisory Council and has previously been an administrator for hospitality industry courses at Boston College, Cornell University and Drexel University.

Mr. Adelson can be contacted at 888.738.7271 or david.adelson@intelitycorp.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.