CHR and SAS Webcast to Focus on Key Issues in Hospitality and Gaming

Apr 27, 2010

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CHR and SAS Webcast to Focus on Key Issues in Hospitality and Gaming

Biggest issues include how to get the industry moving and effects of global economy

Ithaca, NY, April 27, 2010 – Registration is now open for the "The Things that Matter Most; The hottest trends and biggest issues for the hospitality and gaming industries" scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 14, 2010. Jointly produced by the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) and SAS, this final webcast in the series of seven SAS and CHR webcasts will focus on the hottest trends, biggest challenges, and groundbreaking technologies in the gaming and hospitality industry. Leading industry executives, analysts, and academics will discuss such important topics as what issues are keeping executives up at night, what it will take to motivate guests, and how the global economy will shape the future of hospitality and gaming.

The webcast lineup includes an expert panel, interviews with industry practitioners, and questions from the webcast viewers. By special arrangement with SAS, registration is free for this webcast. Register Now

The presenting panel will be live in the SAS studios. They are:
• Mark Lomanno, President of STR (Smith Travel Research) and Chairman of the Board of STR Global;
• Cathy A. Enz, Ph.D., Lewis G. Schaeneman Jr. Professor of Innovation and Dynamic Management, Cornell University;
• James Ruttley, Vice President of Client Services, IdeaS; and
• Radhika Kulkarni, Ph.D., Vice President of Advanced Analytics R&D, SAS.

The webcast's industry practitioner interviews will include executives from Harrah's; Wyndham Exchange and Rentals; Sonesta; and Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, among others.

About SAS
SAS is the leader in business analytics software and services, and the largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. Through innovative solutions delivered within an integrated framework, SAS helps customers at more than 45,000 global sites improve performance and deliver value by making better decisions faster. Since 1976 SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.
About The Center for Hospitality Research
A unit of the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, The Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) sponsors research designed to improve practices in the hospitality industry. Under the lead of the center's 79 corporate affiliates, experienced scholars work closely with business executives to discover new insights into strategic, managerial and operating practices. The center also publishes the award-winning hospitality journal, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. To learn more about the center and its projects, visit
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