UNT Sponsors Cutting Edge Smartphone App at International Conference
Oct 22, 2012

The Hospitality and Tourism Management program at UNT sponsored cutting edge smartphone app technology for the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (I-CHRIE) Summer Conference and Marketplace Expo in Providence, RI on August 1-4, 2012. This technology was available for all I-CHRIE attendants throughout the conference.  It’s most special features were customized functions such as, “My Schedule”, “My Booths”, “My Notes”, and “My City” where attendees could choose favorite activities and post them to personal “My” lists to plan their conference must-see schedules.

Kevin Anderson, Chief Operating Officer of I-CHRIE, reported that the idea for this app came from previous years’ Board of Governors recommendations received from members. Anderson said, “I approached UNT because I know they stay ahead of the curve when it comes to technology. Having UNT debut this smartphone app as a Silver Sponsor for the I-CHRIE conference was a perfect fit.”

Conference attendees were also able to view floor plans of the exhibit halls, search schedules of keynote speakers, set alerts for choice events, and explore surrounding city attractions, shopping, and restaurants. Mr. Anderson commented that his favorite feature of the app was the “ability to sync the schedule with my personal calendar so I didn’t miss any of the great sessions or events.”

The I-CHRIE Conference is a forum of informative presentations, the latest in educational research, exciting displays at the I-CHRIE Marketplace Expo, and networking opportunities for members and guests to reconnect with industry colleagues. Founded in 1946, I-CHRIE is the global advocate of hospitality and tourism education for schools, colleges, and universities offering programs in hotel and restaurant management, foodservice management and culinary arts.

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