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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.