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May 2, 2017

Convention Space News: New Tech in Prague, New Faces in Hawaii

New tech amenities and new hires lead this week’s convention space news in the meetings and events industry.

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Prague Congress Center Adds Self Check-In, Event Management Solution

The Prague Congress Center has added a number of new tech amenities to help host congresses, conferences and festivals. 

New features include a self check-in system that aims to simplify event organization. The new self check-in kiosks smooth guest registration and allow participants who did not register online to register on the spot. A new application helps create invitation cards and send them to guests. Potential visitors can register with one click through a special website, with an entry QR code sent soon after via email. The system also monitors the activity of attendees and updates data, which is accessible online. 

Another new tool for event management is a software and hardware solution for electronic content maintenance. The modular system collects presentations and distributes them to conference halls. The system also helps to prepare or adjust the conference program and displays information on the monitors in front of the conference halls, or sends the information to the participants. The system contains three different modules for administrators, organizers and participants. The administrator module, meant only for trained technicians, allows for presentation recording, checking and editing; system functionality checks; and the setting of event parameters, such as resolution or the source graphic for particular projections. The organizer module helps with time management, the administration of electronic posters and information boards, and data collection. The participant module syncs with Android and iOS apps, allowing participants to find all the relevant information about the event, such as the program and speaker list. Participants can also evaluate lectures, as for presentations or communicate with the authors. 

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Hawaii Convention Center Announces New Hirings, Promotions

AEG Facilities, the management company of the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC), has announced the promotion of Aaron Ichiki to client services manager and the hiring of Kelsey Kitagawa as sales manger – local sales.

In his new role as client services manager, Ichiki will be responsible for supporting the HCC sales team’s efforts and ensuring client service and satisfaction remains at high levels. He most recently served as HCC’s senior event manager and has been with the center for more than 17 years. He has also held the positions of event manager, event coordinator, interim IT manager and systems assistant manager at HCC. A graduate of Iolani School on Oahu, Ichiki also hold a bachelor’s degree in information technology and management from Washington State University.

Kitagawa joined HCC on April 10 as sales manager – local sales with the primary responsibility of helping identify and secure business across the Hawaiian Islands for the center. Prior to joining HCC, she served as corporate group sales manager at the San Mateo Marriott from September 2016, and also held the position of catering sales manager at the hotel from November 15. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in travel industry management, Kitagawa is also a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do.

“Aaron has been one of our most versatile and committed team members over the past 17 years and I’m excited to see him start this new career path with us in his new role,” said Teri Orton, HCC general manager. “At the same time, I’m equally please to welcome Kelsey to our ohana as she is someone who brings a solid background in hospitality and fresh insights of the Hawaii market to our sales team.”

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