Panel discussion highlighted innovative technology in the industry

New Orleans & Company hosted NOLA Talk: Technology, a panel discussion highlighting innovative technologies that are emerging in the New Orleans hospitality and tourism industry, on November 19th at New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute (NOCHI).

The curated panel, led by Jeremy Cooker, vice president of Marketing and Special projects at New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, included four influential leaders in the tourism industry, David Piscola, general manager of Hilton New Orleans Riverside; Andrea Chen, executive director of Propeller; Prashant Vashisht, commercial account manager of British Airways, North America; and Lawernce Martin, president of Connect2Black. The event kicked off with a reception and cooking demonstration presented by Link Restaurant Group’s Chef de Cuisine at Herbsaint, David Rouse.

“New Orleans & Company is committed to cultivating the next generation of industry leaders within our community by providing curated panel discussions like this one. Through events such as NOLA Talk, we are able to provide a forum that allows New Orleanians to learn from peers,” said Cheryl Teamer, senior vice president of Public Affairs. “From keyless door entry to finding transportation to get from one destination to another, technology plays a vital part in our visitors’ experiences. It’s important to provide our members and industry professionals with information that can be applied to their businesses allowing the New Orleans hospitality and tourism industry to continue its evolution and maintaining New Orleans’ reputation as a premiere travel destination.”

The panelists offered insight on how hospitality businesses are using technology, the challenges it creates, how to maintain excellent customer service and more.

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