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Mr. Horner

Ted Horner

Managing Director, E. Horner & Associates

Ted Horner is Managing Director of E. Horner & Associates, a technology consulting practice specializing in the hospitality industry. Mr. Horner is widely respected as Australia's leading consultant in this area. Over the last 22 years Mr. Horner has consulted for a variety of clients from developers and international operators of large resorts, boutique hotels golf clubs, convention center's and licensed clubs covering the full range of technology namely: • PMS • POS • Sales & Catering • Food & Beverage • PABX • In Room Guest Entertainment including Digital Video on Demand • Broadband & Wireless • Golf & Spa Systems • Club Membership In 1996 Mr. Horner launched Australia's first dedicated hospitality technology exhibition and conference which continues each year as Hotel Operations Technology (HOT). In 2002 he was a founding member of HTNG (Hotel Technology Next Generation) a non-profit body which was established in the US to promote open systems integrations between vendors in the industry and today he is an Executive Advisor to HTNG. In 2004 Mr. Horner was the first non-US person to be elected to the HITEC Technology Hall of Fame for his contribution to the advancement of technology in the hospitality industry. Since the early 90's he has traveled extensively throughout the world to speak at many hospitality technology conferences and has written many articles on technology that have been published all over the world In 2011 Mr. Horner established an alliance with JBA Consulting Engineers, a company started in Las Vegas in the 60's and now has seven offices worldwide with multi-discipline expertise in electrical design, security, AV, fire and safety, data center design and systems integration. In the last 12 months Mr. Horner has formed a strategic alliance with jba consulting engineers in Las Vegas who are a world leader in providing consulting advise to the casino/resort market on a global basis.

Mr. Horner can be contacted at +61 2 98768119 or ted@hornertech.com.au

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.