Opinion: Page (1) of 4 - 10/24/01 Email this story to a friend. email article Print this page (Article printing at MyDmn.com).print page facebook

Hotel AV: LCD room service? Not yet

By Gary Kayye, CTS
An interesting trend is coming about in the hotel AV market -- a segment currently dominated by the audiovisual rental business. More and more hotels are either investing in upgrading their conference centers with amenities like in-room coffee break bars, bathrooms, and even installing AV permanently in the room, or they are renovating their standard meeting rooms and including integrated DSL access, high-performance audio systems that include wireless microphones, and projectors mounted in the ceiling.

Is this a trend?

It appears that way, for now at least.

Recognizing that the competition for meeting space is heating up in this booming economy, as well as the appearance of unlikely competition from places like Kinkos and airport lounges, the hotel industry is rethinking how they manage meetings for clients. In some cases, theyve even redesigned the entire facility to set a bar that well exceeds what everyone else in the hotel industry is even able to attain.

For instance, take Marriotts Evergreen Conference Center in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Evergreen features an average good-quality Marriott-run hotel property, but one of the best Conference Centers in the US. Not only does each room feature either an in-room break bar that includes coffee, sodas, water, a self-serve candy bar, an ice cream cart and daily bakery selections, but it also features built-in T1 line access, DSL access, video and audio signal routing to every other conference room in the facility and also a bathroom within a 30-second walk to every meeting room. This bar is very hard to attain at many of Marriotts other facilities, or most other hotel chains for that matter.

Page: 1 2 3 4 Next Page

Related Keywords:AV, hotel, presentation

Content-type: text/html  Rss  Add to Google Reader or
Homepage    Add to My AOL  Add to Excite MIX  Subscribe in
NewsGator Online 
Real-Time - what users are saying - Right Now!

Our Privacy Policy --- @ Copyright, 2015 Digital Media Online, All Rights Reserved