NELSON's Hospitality Practice to Participate at HI Connect 2015

March 17
NELSON HI Connect Design Team
From left to right: David Stone, Design Director, Lauren Perich, Interior Designer, Antonino Donato, Director of Hospitality Practice, and Hisham El Bassiouni, Junior Designer

NELSON’s Hospitality Practice has been invited to participate as a featured hospitality designer at HI Connect 2015, the national hospitality trade show, in Nashville, TN on March 25-27. Sponsored by Hotel Interactive, a hospitality focused website that provides news and business tools to the industry, HI Connect has entered its fourth year of operation.

Setting HI Connect apart from other trade shows in the hospitality industry is its format – design firms are hand selected to by the trade show to participate in the event. Designated designers must develop a full scale vignette of a hotel space such as luxury guestroom, boutique bathroom, lobby, etc. The design firms are then required to team up with vendor and manufacturer partners and are charged to build out the space. Attendance at the exclusive show includes representatives from renowned hotel brands as well as hotel operators and developers.  

This year, HI Connect is expecting a turnout of about 50 vignettes by leading designers across the industry.

“NELSON has created a new category that we have titled the ‘On-Demand Flex Meeting Space’ capitalizing on both our knowledge of how people work today and our hospitality experience,” said Antonino Donato, Director of Hospitality Practice. “Our design concept is to address the needs of those who are part of the decentralized, dispersed, and increasingly untethered, modern mobile workforce. These individuals can work from any location on any device at any time.”

“Working while on the road does have some disadvantages – there isn’t always a stable office environment, and it’s quite difficult to find a quiet meeting space,” continued Donato. “The ‘On-Demand Flex Meeting Space’ allows users to book on-the-go or plan ahead private meeting rooms/work areas by the hour or the day and only pay for what you use. Whether someone needs a quiet place on the fly for an important conference call or productive surrounds for next week’s team meeting, the ‘On-Demand Flex Meeting Space’ offers a better place to meet or work. The right workspace is the one that drives productivity, is tailored to its client and its client’s needs, and makes work a little more enjoyable.”

Designed to accommodate smaller groups of four to six people, the “On-Demand Flex Meeting Space” is broken up into multiple zones which allow for a number of working environment scenarios; these include the work/meeting hub, social lounge, sit-stand bar, and chill zone. The design will feature all the necessary technology and luxuries required of today’s meetings combined with a distraction free environment and all the conveniences. Mobile employees will continue to play a key role in the future of businesses.

If you would like to find out more about “On-Demand Flex Meeting Spaces” or you would like to attend HI Connect as a VIP Guest please contact Antonino Donato, Director of Hospitality Practice at NELSON 617.751.5882

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