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Hospitality sector encouraged to make the most of COVID-19

Three New Zealand hospitality and technology companies have joined forces to inspire and help the hospitality sector adapt to the new landscape.

The Hospo Suite Roadshow – hosted by posBoss, Upstock, and FlexiTime – is being held at Lulu Bar in Wellington on November 2 and live-streamed.

The event will feature some of New Zealand’s successful hospitality operators to share how they’ve overcome 2020’s major challenges.

Philip Fierlinger, Co-CEO of Upstock, says one of the most effective ways hospo has been able to prevail is through the adoption of cloud technologies.

“The businesses doing the best have figured out tech is key to not just getting by, but actually coming out better than before,” he says.

“We’re all in this together as an industry, so it’s in our best interests to make sure everyone is as successful as they can be.”

Jonny McKenzie, founder of posBoss, says the idea for the roadshow was hatched at Drunken Octopus – a co-working space for hospo companies.

“During lockdown we saw this huge uptake and impact cloud tech had on keeping hospo going,” he says.

“But there are still plenty of people in hospo who aren’t taking full advantage of the tech.”

At Hospo Suite Roadshow, attendees will be able to try hospitality-focused tech solutions and learn what technologies work for them. Speakers will cover operations, staffing, attracting and retaining customers, as well as maintaining mental health and work life balance.

The Hospo Suite Roadshow is on November 2nd, from 10am – 6pm at Lulu Bar, Wellington and virtually by Zoom call.

The event is free, but tickets are limited. Click here for more information.

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