LeisureLink COO to Present at HITEC 2015 Tech Talks

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Industry Veteran to Discuss the Disruptive Impact of Alternative Accommodations and Vacation Rentals and What Hotel and Travel Brands Can Do to Prepare

The Impact of Alternative Accommodations and Vacation Rentals on the Travel & Hospitality Industry

LeisureLink: The Impact of Alternative Accommodations and Vacation Rentals on the Travel & Hospitality Industry

With significant changes coming to the hospitality landscape, this is a great opportunity to engage with other hotel and technology executives to discuss what hotel and travel brands can do to best prepare.

Jim Barsch, COO of LeisureLink, the market leader in vacation rental technology solutions, will be a featured Tech Talks presenter at this year’s HITEC, the world's largest hospitality technology conference. The event, to be held June 15-18 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas, is expected to draw more than 5000 attendees, including leading hospitality executives and suppliers representing hotels, resorts, travel and technology.

In this provocative session, titled "The Impact of Alternative Accommodations and Vacation Rentals on the Travel & Hospitality Industry” Jim will focus on how the 84 billion dollar peer-to-peer and vacation rental industry is disrupting the hotel and travel industry and could change their trajectory in the coming years. The presentation will be an overview for hotels about the impact of vacation rentals, with insights into different types of alternative accommodations, why this segment is growing so quickly, and the differences between vacation rentals and hotels.

“You can’t put the genie back in the bottle,” explains Jim. “With significant changes coming to the hospitality landscape, this is a great opportunity to engage with other hotel and technology executives to discuss what hotel and travel brands can do to best prepare.”

Jim Barsch joined as Chief Operating Officer of LeisureLink in 2010 and brings over 25 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. He has held key leadership and executive positions with some of the nation’s leading travel brands and led company startups and merger/acquisition implementations. Additionally he has been heavily involved in the technological transformation of several companies in the travel industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Travel & Tourism from Brigham Young University.

Jim will be presenting at Tech Talks right on the exhibit hall floor at the HFTP Booth on Tuesday June 16 from 11:00 to 11:15. Only 15 minutes long, these free-flowing educational sessions will cover the most innovative ideas happening in the industry. The presentation will be open to all attendees at no additional charge. To schedule a meeting with Jim while in Austin, please email jbarsch(at)leisurelink(dot)com.

To learn more or request a live demo of the LeisureLink solution, please visit http://content.leisurelink.com/demo-land-page or call 1-855-840-2249.

About LeisureLink (http://www.leisurelink.com)

Salt Lake City-based LeisureLink helps vacation property suppliers optimize the value of distribution. Suppliers can easily distribute their inventory to top online travel agencies like Expedia, Booking.com, VacationRoost, and Orbitz; all major global distribution system players; and the top travel tour operators. Suppliers can manage their distribution from one platform – optimizing rates, availability, specials, and even content changes. Suppliers are provided with specialty distribution consulting and expertise from Account Managers who understand travel distribution, and can maximize exposure. Finally, LeisureLink consolidates all accounting, payables and receivables with a single, reliable source of payment, providing order and clarity to the often complex accounting issues in the world of travel distribution. For more information, visit LeisureLink.com

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