Saturday, April 21, 2018

NoVacancy makes room for more in vast industry showcase

Australia’s biggest accommodation expo just got bigger.

Overwhelming interest in the NoVacancy Accommodation Business Expo has seen an additional hall added to the event at the Sydney International Convention Centre on July 17 and 18, creating a major expansion to the original show size.

The increase makes NoVacancy around seven times larger in scale than any other industry event of its kind in Australia.

Now covering a floor space of over 7,700sqm, it exhibits all aspects of the hotel and accommodation industry – including technology, guest experience, interiors and refurbishment, revenue and distribution, digital marketing, management and operations, and housekeeping products and services.

Some 110 suppliers have confirmed stalls, with a further 60 expected to announce their participation in coming weeks.

There will be more than 40 hours of free practical and tactical seminars led by industry experts covering aspects of accommodation management, regardless of property size.

With the Australian travel industry seeing a 6% increase in international visitors year on year to 8.1 million, and a 7% increase in domestic travel to 97.2 million, the increasing demand has created an expectation of more than 34,000 new rooms to be added to the market by 2019.

Organisers say NoVacancy is designed to help industry members stay at the forefront of  trends and innovations, gain access to relevant education, and showcase what they need to optimise business, enhance guest experiences and maximise profits.

Pre-registered visitors have already identified hotel technology, refurbishment and interior design, and guest experience as the three main areas of interest.

To reflect that demand, organisers have added a new seminar program with a focus on hotel design and experience.

And a dedicated ‘hotel technology zone’ will showcase the latest and most innovative solutions from more than 50 vendors from around the world, including TravelClick, InTouch Data, RMS – The Hospitality Cloud, Oracle and Angie Hospitality.

NoVacancy portfolio director Brad Langton said: “We’re excited with the huge level of support the industry has shown for a truly national trade show for the hotel and accommodation sector.

“This support has come from leading suppliers, major associations, but most importantly, thousands of accommodation decision makers from across the country and as far as Fiji registering for their tickets.”

The free-to-attend tradeshow is at the ICC Sydney Exhibition, Darling Harbour from July 17 to 18 and is expected to attract more than 2,000 visitors across the two-day event.  

More details on exhibitors, education and speakers will be announced over the coming months. For more, see https://www.novacancy.com.au/ .

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