The Hospitality Show: New speakers, programming and app

The American Hotel & Lodging Association and Questex, parent company of Hotel Management Magazine, announced a new list of speakers and programming for The Hospitality Show, a new hospitality operations and technology event to be held June 27-29 at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.

The list of speakers announced today includes:

  • Scott Kirby, CEO, United Airlines 
  • Geoff Ballotti, president and CEO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Larry Cuculic, president and CEO, BWH Hotels 
  • George Limbert, president and CEO, Red Roof 
  • John Murray, president and CEO, Sonesta International Hotels Corp. 
  • Jay Caiafa, COO, The Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts
  • Andrew Arthurs, CIO, Aimbridge Hospitality 
  • Wendy Mertz, CIO, Virgin Hotels 
  • Scott Strickland, EVP and CIO, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Paul Zikopoulos, vice president of technology group skills vitality & enablement, IBM, who will deliver a special talk focusing on ChatGPT/artificial intelligence and its application in hospitality.

The Show attendees will have two days of main-stage sessions led by leaders from the hospitality industry and beyond, solutions-driven programming and case studies of profitable operations, as well as more than 13 hours of networking opportunities. 

Learn more about The Show’s networking opportunities here. A full list of speakers is here and the event schedule is here

The Show is also offering exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of host venue the Venetian Resort Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 27, and Wednesday, June 28 and the Bellagio Resort & Casino on Tuesday, June 27.

The tours will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and are available by contacting [email protected].  


The Show will kick off with a secret-agent themed reception at Tao Asian Bistro & Nightclub sponsored by DIRECTV HOSPITALITY June 27 from 7-9 p.m. PT. The reception will include Las Vegas-style games, cigar-rolling, signature cocktails and food.

The Show will also include a reception on Wednesday, June 28, from 5-7 p.m. PT, in the lobby activation area next to the Expo. 

The Hospitality Show is implementing sustainable practices encompassing content, event production, energy, food waste and travel. All Access pass holders will have access to a zero-waste lunch on both Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29, and leftovers will be donated to local charities or farms, ensuring sustainability throughout. 

The Show also introduced a mobile app to personalize schedules, create one-to-one meetings and network with exhibitors and fellow attendees. Only registered attendees will have access to the app and can access it with their email address and badge ID. 

“The Show’s amazing lineup of speakers, programming, and networking opportunities is second to none, and we hope you can join us there later this month as we take the hospitality event experience to the next level,” AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers said in a statement. “Not only will The Show bring together the most influential and respected leaders in both hospitality operations and technology, it’s also home to two exclusive events you won’t find anywhere else: the General Managers Summit at The Hospitality Show, where attendees can connect with fellow general managers, gain insights from industry leaders on issues facing GMs, and celebrate AHLA’s 2023 General Managers of the Year; and the TechOvation Award Contest, which will recognize the most significant recent innovation in hospitality technology.”