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As the Innovation Sponsor of the BDNY 2017 Trade Fair, November 12-13 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, is presenting two intriguing conversations with leading designers and hospitality clients that I will have the pleasure of moderating.

Sofitel Paris Baltimore Hotel | Welcome Wall

We’ll explore how audiovisual technology increasingly defines the guest experience. Immersive, integrated audiovisual experiences are now central to hospitality design, not an afterthought.

We’ll hear from hospitality brands that stay relevant to today’s digital consumers by putting integrated AV experiences front and center, from the moment guests walk in the door. We’ll talk to designers who understand how to use the latest technology to create experiences that attract and engage guests, and keep them coming back.


Sofitel Paris Baltimore Hotel | Welcome Wall

Our two events are:


Hospitality Innovation Roundtable

Sunday, November 12th, 2017, from 11:15am-12:00pm

This first conversation brings together experts who have designed some of today’s most iconic destinations for an eye-opening exploration of the future of hospitality — and the increasingly critical role of integrated audiovisual experiences.

I will moderate a panel of innovators from Mode:Green, Gensler, Aloft Hotels, Krause Sawyer, HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates, Holland America Group (Princess Cruises), Stonehill & Taylor and HOK.

Our panel includes the creative forces behind the W Hotel in Las Vegas; the tech-forward, music-driven and different-by-design Aloft hotels; and a cruise line that’s improving connectivity and surrounding travelers with information, wayfinding and digital entertainment


AV Innovation Conversation:

Monday, November 13th, 2017, from 12:30pm-1:00pm

Alex Simionescu, of experiential design studio Float4, and I will take an inside look at his company’s groundbreaking hospitality projects and discuss the evolving role of integrated audiovisual experiences.

Alex will take us behind the scenes of the spectacular Welcome Wall in the Sofitel Paris Baltimore, a 19th century townhouse hotel not far from the Eiffel Tower. Through a recent renovation, management retained the historic charm of the building, but introduced a spectacular new 100-square-foot interactive digital wall in the entryway that is entertaining and informative.

Sofitel Paris Baltimore Hotel | Welcome Wall

All the people I’ll be presenting with at BDNY are experiential trailblazers, building engagement, brands and better business outcomes through audiovisual technology. AVIXA believe that for hospitality to thrive in the digital age, brands need to provide experiences that appeal to the increasingly digital consumer, and AV can be a valuable asset. We hope our experts open your eyes to new possibilities for using audiovisual experiences in hospitality design.

David Labuskes, CTS, is ceo of AVIXA, the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association. AVIXA represents the $178 billion global commercial AV industry and produces InfoComm trade shows around the world.