Southern Lodging Summit Memphis

August 16 & 17, 2016

Presented by Pinkowski & Company and MMHLA

2015 Opinion Survey Results


Q 1 Which one of these technology oriented topics will have the most impact on your job during the next 12 months?  
  WiFi/Broadband Capacity 35.0%
  Last Room Availability to OTA's 26.0%
  Keyless Guestroom Entry 23.0%
  Mobile Bookings 16.0%

Q 2 What area of hotel technology will likely experience the most innovation during the next five years?  
  Property Wide Wireless Connectivity 16.0%
  Online Distribution Channels 10.0%
  In Room Electronic Offerings, Including the TV 19.0%
  Mobile Devices 55.0%

Q 3 If you were CEO of a hotel company, where would you spend the most money for technology?  
  Back of the House/Office 0.0%
  Guest Rooms/Public Spaces 42.0%
  Distribution Platforms 16.0%
  Property Infrastructure 42.0%

Q 4 In your opinion, what are the most important amenities for the millennial guests?  
  Free WiFi 3.0%
  Faster Free WiFi 97.0%
  Communal Space 0.0%
  Smaller Guest Rooms 0.0%

Q 5 I believe the US hotel industry in 2016 will be:  
  Better Than 2015 58.0%
  Worse Than 2015 0.0%
  About the Same as 2015 42.0%

Q 6 Is Air BnB  
  A Threat to the Hotel Industry 48.0%
  Not a Threat to the Hotel Industry 42.0%
  I Don't Know     10.0%

“Thanks again for inviting me to the Southern Lodging Summit. I continue to find the conference one of the most informative events that I attend. I thought the sessions were outstanding and I thought the one moderated by Isaac was especially interesting. It's a great mix of local hoteliers and top notch industry executives so attendees gain practical knowledge about property operations and overall industry trends. Well done.”

Randy Smith

Chairman/Co-founder, Smith Travel Research

“I have been attending and participating in the Southern Lodging Conference for the last 6 years...always a great lineup of speakers addressing timely regional and national industry topics...a terrific venue for networking purposes. I look forward to attending again this year.”

Ed Ansbro

Executive Vice President, Fairwood Capital LLC  

“Thank you all for the opportunity to be a panelist yesterday at the Southern Lodging Summit. It was a great time of learning and sharing. I left much more informed than when I arrived. It was an honor to be a part of such a great collection of industry professionals.”

Jerry Stafford

Regional Director of Revenue Management, Davidson Hotels & Resorts

“When I reflect on the Southern Lodging Summit, I think about participation, community, education, and quality. The conference provides a truly interactive forum for the lodging community to gather, access real world experience, and gain substantial insight from leaders in the marketplace. The conference is thoughtfully organized, beautifully produced, and graciously hosted – a singular blend of southern business and hospitality.”

Bob Fitzpatrick

Director, Sales Operations, Clarabridge

“The Southern Lodging Summit provides you information on the most current issues and trends of the hospitality industry in an efficient and collaborative format. An event that consistently delivers a high return on time invested.”

James Timothy Harvey

Core Ideas

“Southern Lodging Summit was a great opportunity to discuss and learn more about industry trends. I thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Drew Patterson

CEO, Room 77

“This was my first time at the Southern Lodging Summit, and I will definitely be back! Not only were the presentations relevant and filled with timely information, the attendees were a great mix of individuals from across the industry – all overlaid with a wonderful dose of ‘southern hospitality.’ I greatly enjoyed presenting to the group, and look forward to participating in future conferences.”

Vanessa Sinders

Senior VP, AHLA

“The Summit brings together the region’s thought leaders to address and debate the most important issues facing the industry. The speaker line-up is top notch and dialogue is thought provoking and highly relevant to driving success.”

Flo Lugli

Principal, Navensink Advisory Group, LLC

“The Summit brings together the region’s thought leaders to address and debate the most important issues facing ths a first time attendee of the Southern Lodging Summit, I was impressed by the depth and knowledge of numerous panelists and found the content of the conference to be exceptional. The intimate size of the conference allowed for excellent networking and great opportunities to expand my market knowledge. I plan on attending future conferences and hope they all as beneficial as this past one.”

John Koshivos

VP Managing Director of Development, Hilton Worldwide

“The attention to detail that went into the planning of the Summit showed in the quality of the content and interchange. Congratulations on a very successful event.”

Michael G. Medzigian

Watermark Capital Partners, LLC