HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K. – Fast Company Innovation Festival 2019

T.H.I.N.K. Is Travel & Hospitality Innovation, Networking & Knowledge

November 4–8, 2019

New York, NY

Hotels company executives responsible for marketing, revenue, sales, and digital know how important innovation is to success — and the value of engaging with executive peers from other industry sectors.

Participating in the HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K. program at this year’s Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City will help you get out of your bubble and immerse yourself in a world of innovation, best practices, and ideas that will inspire your creative thinking. HSMAI has partnered with Fast Company to provide a curated experience for our attendees, allowing them to choose from a wide variety of offerings at the Innovation Festival — capped off by a debrief with their hospitality peers to explore the implications for the hospitality industry.

Held over five days (November 4–8), the Fast Company Innovation Festival attracts over 10,000 attendees annually with motivating keynotes speakers, a bustling festival hub, and more than 100 Fast Tracks, which visit the most dynamic companies across the city. HSMAI’s all-access VIP pass allows Executive T.H.I.N.K. participants to attend anything over the course of the entire five-day festival. However, HSMAI’s curated events will be hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 5 and 6.

THINKing About Innovation With Fast Company – Insights from HSMAI’s Executive THINK at the 2018 Fast Company Innovation Festival!

  • Detail about the full 2019 event can be found here:
  • Discovery Dinner Debrief
    • A hosted dinner and debrief will be hosted by HSMAI exclusively for HSMAI Executive T.H.I.N.K. attendees on Tuesday, November 5 at 7pm.
  • Access to other activities at the Innovation Festival
    • Your HSMAI VIP all-access pass provides you access to all activities for any or all of the five days of the festival. This includes:
      • Fast Track sessions are scheduled daily from Monday, November 4, through Friday, November 8. Fast Tracks are scheduled visits to dynamic companies and speakers located all over the city.
      • Panels and keynotes speakers and multiple Fast Track sessions are scheduled at three hubs of the Festival:
        • The Main Stage at Caldwell Factory
        • The Forum at Caldwell Factory
        • The Hub at Union West
      • Each Hub is open from 9 am–6 pm each day and includes scheduled content, a place to mingle with other attendees, and a daily happy hour.
  • Building your final agenda
    • Keynotes, panels, and Fast Tracks events at the Fast Company Innovation Festival will continue to be added to the schedule up until two weeks prior to the event. At that time, HSMAI will work with you to develop your customized itinerary based on how many days you will be in New York.

The special HSMAI VIP all-access pass is $895 per person.

To receive this price, HSMAI attendees must register on the Innovation Festival website at:


Each participant is responsible for his or her own travel and hotel accommodations.

A maximum of two exclusive partnerships are available to co-host the HSMAI dinner for companies that wish to develop relationships and be positioned with hospitality executives attending the Innovation Festival.  Packages are available that include or exclude the Innovation Festival all-access pass.  For additional details, email Elise Rhinehart at erhinehart@hsmai.org.