Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Intel Capital Technology Team Up in Search of the Next Breakthroughs for the Luxury Traveler
Six Startups on Hand During the First Pitch Day Held at the New Hilton Innovation Gallery
MCLEAN, Va. - Conrad Hotels & Resorts, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) luxury portfolio, has always delivered an inspired stay to guests using innovative technology and service. Since its inception, the Conrad brand has catered to the global guest with groundbreaking offerings such as Conrad Concierge - the first service-enabled technology to be a part of hotel management systems across a brand's portfolio. In its commitment to deliver tech-forward solutions that enhance the guest experience, Conrad is hosting an Intel Capital Technology Day at its Innovation Gallery in McLean, where six startups will pitch the Conrad leadership team on products that offer frictionless, personalized, data-driven and culturally immersive experiences for the Conrad guest.
"Conrad Hotels & Resorts prides itself on being a leader in the hospitality industry, especially when it comes to integrating advanced technology into our properties," said John T. A. Vanderslice, global head of luxury and lifestyle brands, Hilton. "We are looking forward to continuing this trajectory through our collaboration with Intel and the results that this pitch day will produce."
The Intel Capital Technology Day will feature six innovative tech startups including:
- Chargifi - A global, wireless charging network - bringing power to people, where and when they need it most, and providing businesses with an opportunity to attract and engage with customers.
- Embr Labs - A sleek and discreet wearable that solves the dilemma of "too hot" & "too cold" by delivering personalized thermal comfort.
- Lisnr - An ultrasonic audio technology - a communication protocol that uses inaudible sound, called Smart TonesTM, to transmit information.
- Reflektion - Software that understands and influences the intent of each customer in real time to deliver individualized content across touchpoints that matter most.
- Savioke - Technology to revolutionize the service industry, including hotels, elder care, hospitals, restaurants and offices.
- Sprinklr - A platform designed to reach, engage and listen to customers across any social channel to deliver better experiences-at scale.
"Intel Capital companies are using data to transform industries, and we are thrilled to work with Conrad Hotels & Resorts to showcase these exciting innovations," said Tami Hutchinson, managing director of Portfolio Management at Intel Capital. "These six companies can help Hilton reinvent hospitality."
Conrad Hotels & Resorts was the first hospitality brand to put personalized luxury at guests' fingertips with the introduction of Conrad Concierge, a function of the Hilton Honors mobile application, which recently reached one million interactions and operates in 12 languages. This unique software platform allows travelers globally to interact and request amenities using their personal devices. Designed with the smart luxury traveler in mind, Conrad Concierge gives guests the freedom to customize stay details before and during their trip.
Conrad Hotels & Resorts continues to remain at the forefront of the intersection between luxury hospitality and cutting-edge technology, most notably through a recent Hospitality Hackathon held at Cornell University and the Intel Capital Technology Day that takes place today.
"We understand that to find the best technologies and solutions that will meet the needs of our tech-savvy travelers, Conrad Hotels & Resorts must explore solutions outside of the traditional hospitality space," said Vanderslice. "That's why we've engaged both college students and tech startups. By looking outside of our industry for ideas, we're leveraging an unconventional approach to enhance the experience for our luxury guests."
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About Intel Capital
Intel Capital invests in innovative startups targeting 5G connectivity, the data center, artificial intelligence, merged reality, autonomous driving and a wide range of other disruptive technologies. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US $12.2 billion in 1,500 companies worldwide, and more than 640 portfolio companies have gone public or been acquired. For more information on what makes Intel Capital one of the world's most powerful venture capital firms, visit www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital.
About Conrad Hotels & Resorts
Spanning five continents with 35 properties, Conrad Hotels & Resorts has created a seamless connection between contemporary design, leading innovation and curated art to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit of the globally connected traveler. Conrad is a place where guests can experience service and style on their own terms – all while connecting with local and global culture. Connect with Conrad by booking at www.conradhotels.com or through the Hilton Honors mobile app. Learn more about the brand by visiting newsroom.hilton.com/conradhotels, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,900 properties with more than 939,000 rooms, in 114 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 94 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube.