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HFTP Hospitality DPO Task Force Holds First Meeting in Amsterdam, Moves Ahead on Building Resources

HFTP 15 August 2017
Preparing for the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), a framework legislated by all EU member states with a required compliance date of May 25, 2018, international nonprofit association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) recruited a team of experts to develop Hospitality Data Protection Officer (HDPO) guidelines and supporting resources for the industry. In addition, the group is designing a certification program specific for HDPOs to demonstrate their competence with the specialized position. A key requirement of the GDPR is that companies who handle large stores of sensitive personal information must assign a DPO, and it is estimated that this could open approximately 28,000 positions across all industries.The HFTP HDPO Task Force held its first meeting last month from July 14-15, 2017 at the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands."I am very pleased with the outcome of our first meeting held in Amsterdam this summer," said Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at FIRSTLOGIC Consulting and HFTP HDPO Task Force co-chair. "We have identified areas in which specific solutions (registration challenges, integration of DPO, communication with IT providers and others) are being analyzed, and we are confident to bring those solutions to the industry this autumn."The HFTP HDPO Task Force consists of 23 members representing a three-dimensional cross section of the hospitality industry including: global, regional and local hotel operators; IT and service provider vendors (distribution, marketing, CRM, etc.); academics and counselors specialized in data protection regulations; members of large multinational groups as well as medium and small companies from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, United States, Switzerland, UAE, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain.The HFTP HDPO Task Force committee consists of the following hospitality industry leaders:Nigel Allport, vice president of EMEA at Digital Alchemy, United KingdomKen Bailey, managing director of public sector at Fortalice Solutions, USASjoerd Blum, CIO at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, The NetherlandsStephen Carter, OBE, general manager at Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, United KingdomDennis Collet, CEO at NextRound Ltd, United KingdomLuis del Olmo Pinero, president and chairman at Idiso, SpainRichard Harrington, director of finance of luxury at Splendid Hospitality, United KingdomLucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, COO at HFTP, USA Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at FIRSTLOGIC Consulting, SpainDaniel Johnson, COO at Venza, USATimo Kettern, director of IT at Lapithus Hotel Management GmbH, GermanyDennis-Kenji Kipker, research managing director at Universitat Bremen, GermanyJose Medio, Attorney, CIPP/us, CIPP/E, managing director at Privalis Group, USAIan Millar, CHTP, professor of IT at Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne, SwitzerlandBenny Nur, technical services director at Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts, United KingdomTar O'Neill, CFO for Jamie Oliver Group, United KingdomSophie Pommois, project director of global distribution at Global Hotel Alliance, SwitzerlandStephanie Timsit, director of finance at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, United KingdomRajesh Vohra, director at Sarova Hotels Ltd., United KingdomCarl Weldon, FIH FHOSPA, COO Europe at HFTP, United KingdomFrank Wolfe, CEO at HFTP, USAJames Wright, vice president of IT field services EMEA at Hilton Worldwide, UAEOguz Can Yildirim, CHT, associate director of information risk management EAME at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Belgium"By its nature, the hospitality industry manages a vast amount of personal data. The GDPR will set a new standard for data processing/management that will impact both the finance and technology sectors, and any company that offers goods or services to EU residents," said Wolfe. "Unlike previous frameworks, GDPR includes companies outside the EU who either have customers that are EU citizens or who monitor the online identifiers of EU data subjects. HFTP has deemed it critical to develop resources to alleviate the hospitality technology operational changes ahead."HFTP will host a HDPO education session at its upcoming Annual Convention on October 25-27, 2017. Wrapping up 2017, HFTP will produce its inaugural HITEC Dubai counterpart event, in partnership with Naseba, from November 14-15 - serving as the third, and final, HITEC of the year. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-13 in addition to the larger HITEC Houston on June 18-21. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department ateducation@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/.For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

HFTP and Naseba Announce HITEC Dubai 2017 Advisory Council

HFTP 11 August 2017
Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), the world's largest hospitality technology conference brand, will be coming to Dubai, UAE on November 14-15, 2017 at the Conrad Dubai. Produced in partnership by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), the only organization producing nonprofit hospitality events at an international level, and Naseba, HITEC Dubai is set to be the region's largest hospitality technology showcase hosting leading hospitality decision makers and technology vendors. HITEC Dubai is an extension of HFTP's tremendously successful HITEC, which just completed its 45th year.To plan the event's educational program, an advisory council of experts with over 200 years of combined industry experience has been formed. The council met on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Jumeirah offices in the Dubai Design District to discuss and design an agenda that is most relevant to the Middle East's challenges, needs and upcoming hospitality technology trends.Nancy Wolff, senior vice president of technology at Jumeirah Group is the chairwoman of the HITEC Dubai advisory council, and spearheaded the kick-off meeting. The other members of the council are senior executives from leading local and global chains, and the solution providers segment:Nigel Hattersley, senior director of IT MEA, Marriot InternationalRadi Karnib, senior director of IT MEA and Turkey, Hilton WorldwideIftikhar Hamdani, cluster general manager, Ramada Hotel & SuitesLaurent Voivenel, senior vice president of operations and development for MEA & India, Swiss-BelhotelMahmoud Kamal, CIO, Al Habtoor GroupMd Amirul Islam, HFTP Dubai Chapter president, Dubai Parks and ResortsMohamed Rizwan, IT director, JW MarriottYazan Sabelaish, director of IT, Four Seasons Hotels DubaiEmilio Dragas, CEO, m3connectNaveen Bharadwaj, production director, NasebaAngela Dowell, meetings and events manager, HFTPNicholas Watson, managing director, NasebaFrank Wolfe, CEO, HFTPKhushru Siganporia, director IT, Taj HotelsFraidy Pinto, area IT director of Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel GroupJai Govindani, CTO, Red Planet HotelsLijo Mathew Kankapadan, corporate director, Emaar Linda Griffin, group GM, Jumeirah GroupSamir Abi Frem, corporate vice president, Rotana Group Sanjay Nadkarni, director of research and innovation, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management"The Middle East hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing in the world," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "Combining HFTP's 65 years of hospitality finance and technology education, regional expertise from an industry advisory council and Naseba deal facilitation will create the ultimate hospitality information exchange that the region has experienced thus far."Some of the most important topics identified include: bandwidth and HSI, power of data analytics and intelligence, intuitive technologies, sustainable technologies and the future of management systems. There were also deliberations on the use of robotics, ethical implications of AI, blockchain and the rising risk of cyber-attacks.Production Director of Naseba and HITEC Dubai, Naveen Bharadwaj noted: "Dubai is the regional leader of hospitality and an epitome of innovation. By bringing HITEC to Dubai and working with the expert advisory council, HFTP and Naseba aim to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and deal flow amongst hoteliers and hospitality technology providers."HITEC Dubai will feature an expo floor for exhibitors to showcase their latest solutions; and a summit floor for panel discussions, tech talks and pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings between pre-qualified hoteliers and cutting technology providers.In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-13 in addition to the larger HITEC Houston on June 18-21. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other international activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/.For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333.About HITEC Dubai Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)) is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place.Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of HITEC, will partner with Naseba, a business facilitation company, to bring the brand to Dubai. Making the event accessible to buyers from the lucrative Middle Eastern market, currently worth over USD 75 bn. The show will offer an education program and exhibits. In addition, HITEC Dubai will feature a summit with one-to-one business meetings that have become the hallmark of Naseba's platforms. Hoteliers attending the summit portion of HITEC Dubai will be pre-qualified to confirm their purchasing authority, budgets, timelines and solutions of interest. hitec.naseba.comAbout HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

HFTP Announces Keynotes for its 2017 Annual Convention

HFTP 9 August 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) added three informative and motivating keynote speakers to the education program for its upcoming Annual Convention 2017, an event the association has produced since 1952. This year's HFTP Annual Convention is scheduled for October 25-27, 2017 at Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Championsgate, Florida USA."This year's event will offer a variety of essential education formats, continuing education, enhanced networking and vendor opportunities as HFTP celebrates its 65th year as an association," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "The dynamic event program, created by a selected expert advisory council, provides relevant industry information specific to current industry trends. Annual Convention is also traditionally an opportunity to honor the association's accomplishments and outstanding member volunteers."Wednesday, October 25. Selected opening keynote speaker Dennis Snow, professional speaker and author, will present a session from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. about "Performance Excellence - The Employee Factor." Based on his 20-years with Walt Disney World along with many years of consulting with organizations around the world, Snow will provide a "how-to" program for engaging employees in delivering outstanding customer service.Thursday, October 26. Selected Thursday keynote speaker Greg Land, global segment leader of travel related services at IBM, will present a session from 3:10 to 4:25 p.m. about "Cognitive Computing and the Digital Guest Experience." Land's presentation will reveal how cognitive computing can be used to personalize the digital guest experience.Friday, October 27. Selected closing keynote speaker Steve McClatchy, speaker and award-winning author of a New York Times best seller, will present a session from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. titled "Decide to Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress and Lead by Example." McClatchy will teach the audience how to dive performance to increase work and life engagement, and re-gain critical planning and personal time.Online registration is open for Annual Convention 2017. Visit the Annual Convention page on the HFTP website for complete information about all conference events, including the program schedule, hotel and travel details and more. For more information about HFTP's Annual Convention and other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org. Annual Convention 2018 is slated for October 24-27 at the new Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA.For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

HFTP Announces Advisory Council for its Second Annual HITEC Amsterdam in April 2018

HFTP 2 August 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), the only organization producing nonprofit hospitality events at an international level, including the world's largest Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce the advisory council for its second annual HITEC Amsterdam. The next HITEC Amsterdam will take place from April 11-13, 2018 at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.The HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council met in Amsterdam this month to plan the upcoming conference's educational program. Sessions planned by the pan-European group will address the issues of top concern to the hospitality technology field. HITEC Amsterdam is an extension of HFTP's tremendously successful HITEC, which just completed its 45th year."HFTP was overwhelmed by the success of its inaugural HITEC Amsterdam in March 2017, and is delighted to bring the event back in April 2018," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "The HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council worked hard when they met last month to design an educational program that will radiate interest and knowledge-sharing amongst attendees."Planning for HITEC Amsterdam is in full swing with guidance from an advisory council representing six European countries. The council is chaired by Carson Booth, CHTP and vice-chaired by Derek Wood. The HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council who are among Europe's finest hospitality technology group are:Carson Booth, CHTP, startup technology consultant, GermanyFergus Boyd, vice president of digital and IT at Yotel, LondonJames Byrne, owner at Eccleston Square Hotel, LondonMark Campbell, chief information officer at Dorchester Collection, LondonAlly Dombey, director at Revenue by Design, LondonSteven Dow, vice president of revenue management at Diamond Resorts International, EnglandGerhard Finster, owner at Arcadia Hotels Group, GermanyThierry Guiraudios, chief information officer at chez Louvre Hotels Group, FranceAlvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at First Logic Consulting, SpainTimo Kettern, director of IT at Lapithus Hotel Management, GermanyLodewijk Klootwijk, chief executive officer at European Golf Course Owners Association, The NetherlandsPhil Le Brun, vice president and segment chief information officer at McDonald's Corporation, LondonMichael Levie, CHTP, executive at citizenM, The NetherlandsIan Millar, CHTP, professor of IT at Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne, SwitzerlandSophie Pommois, project director of global distribution at Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), SwitzerlandMichiel Roelfsema, deputy general manager at Hotel Okura Amsterdam, The NetherlandsHenri Roelings, founder and CEO at Hsyndicate, The NetherlandsBarry Thomas, CHTP, area director of information technology at Rosewood Hotel, LondonDerek Wood, managing director at Derek Wood Associates Ltd, EnglandLyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO at The Student Hotel, The NetherlandsIn traditional HITEC fashion, HITEC Amsterdam will include an exhibit hall, keynote presentations and over 16 educational sessions about trending hospitality technology topics including: blockchain, OTA's, sustainability, service bus, PMS, API, GDPR/DPO, development methodologies, meeting room technology, consumer journey and more.For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

HFTP and OpenTravel - Announce Newest Partnership in Systems Standards Horizon

HFTP 25 July 2017
The nonprofit groups, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) and Open Travel Alliance (OpenTravel) have announced a partnership to accelerate the support of travel industry distribution standards, as well as the creation and adoption of hospitality technology standards across the entire spectrum of the global consumer travel experience. Of top priority to both organizations are mobile standards for use within the industry, which are first on the work list.To facilitate the intended projects, OpenTravel will co-locate its corporate office with HFTP Global headquarters in Austin, Texas, USA, starting in August 2017. The move will enable the organizations to combine resources to help develop standards that ease communications between disparate technology systems, enabling stakeholders to conduct business more efficiently.More than 25 years ago, HFTP was given a mandate by its members to lead in establishing information processing practices and standards explains Frank Wolfe, CEO for HFTP. He said, "HFTP represents stakeholders from the cruise line to the casino, fairway to foodservice, the motel to the midway, and the resort to recreation, across the globe. OpenTravel also represents every one of these verticals, and by partnering on this objective, both of our organizations will better serve our stakeholders."Individually, the two organizations represent stakeholders that do not fully overlap; but combined, there are no other groups that encompass this broad horizontal reach. OpenTravel represents the enterprise and HFTP represents individual professionals, together they represent the full consumer experience."OpenTravel's 1.0 XML Messaging Standards are paramount among the travel standards and our new 2.0 Object Model will positively impact the consumer experience for years to come," said Mike Tinkey, CEO for OpenTravel. "OpenTravel continues to enable the future for the connected consumer end to end with their business and leisure travel across all aspects of travel including, but not limited to, airlines, lodging of all types, cruise lines, car rental firms, railways, ground transportation, leisure suppliers, solutions providers, service providers, travel agencies, tour operators, technology companies and distributors, and events of all types. HFTP's resources will allow us to accelerate standards awareness, adoption and utilization."Both HFTP and OpenTravel are in the process of planning upcoming events in Orlando, Florida USA. Visit the organizations' respective websites for the latest updates at www.opentravel.org and www.hftp.org.About OpenTravelOpenTravel is a global not-for-profit trade association founded in 1999 by travel companies across all travel verticals, with a primary focus on the creation of electronic message structures to facilitate communication between disparate systems in the travel industry. OpenTravel is the source of the most adopted cross industry technology standards that enable business and leisure solutions driven by the travel industry. For more information on OpenTravel membership, please email: info@opentravel.org.About HFTPHospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.
Article by Frank Wolfe

Will Blockchain Technology put Airbnb, Expedia, and Priceline out of business?

HFTP 12 July 2017
Here are some of the points that the industry audience should find useful:What is Blockchain Technology (BT)?"The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value." Alex and Don Tapscott.Both Don and Alex have been keynote speakers for HFTP previously and both received excellent reviews. But there is a lot of information in that one sentence. In an attempt to interpret the statement for our industry, the following is offered:Picture if you will that you are the CXO of a major travel enterprise with thousands of spreadsheets containing thousands of financial transactions that are duplicated at each one of your locations. Then picture that the decentralized network is designed to regularly update the all of the spreadsheets at all of the locations. This is the basics of a blockchain.Is BT something for hospitality to be concerned about or is it just another Y2K?BT is actually the technology behind cryptocurrency (altcoin), the most widely known of which seem to be Bitcoin, and Ethereum. It is real, "in play" and it is something people are already spending billions of dollars on. But, it is highly controversial and has generated a firestorm of headlines...good and bad.Since HITEC Toronto,HFTP has been contacted by a lot of industry VIP's who want to be involved with us because they believe its impact is going to disrupt the industry. Conversely others VIPs in the industry were totally unaware of BT and some contacts have said BT is like Y2K.So with that disclosure, according to a recent interview published in SKIFT (www.skift.com), Fritz Joussen, CEO of TUI Group says "It will be very difficult for intermediaries to have sustainable business cases. These platforms [travel intermediaries] build reach by spending billions on advertising, and then they create monopolistic margins on top of what they have as sales and marketing. They do offer great sales and marketing. Booking.com is a great brand, but they create superior margins because they have monopolistic structures. Blockchain destroys this." Later in the same article, Joussen goes onto explain that his vision of blockchain was a key reason TUI sold Hotelbeds last year for $1.2 billion, moving TUI out of the role of business-to-business intermediary, which he believes blockchain can easily replace.Will BT put Airbnb, Expedia, and Priceline out of business?Research would indicate that if BT catches on as predicted it will change the business model of anyone in the transaction business. But unless these companies don't adapt to the market, they are not going to go away. The good news, unless you are an intermediary, is that anytime that a customer and supplier can cut out all or part of an intermediary in the transaction process should increase money in one or both digital wallets. HFTP is a small company and our transaction fees for currency conversion and credit card processing are HUGE...imagine if your enterprise could erase even a fraction of these due to BT.Another benefit to BT is that it is continually updated, reconciled, and stored in decentralized locations. This makes records transparent and auditable because the transactions cannot be changed in just one place and the network has to "agree" to changes. If this proves to be true, hacking will be virtually impossible.Why is HFTP creating an industry Task Force and what is it going to do?One of the things that makes HFTP a bit different than most people realize is that we represent a very wide group of verticals. These include entities that provide a hospitality experience to its guests, members, or visitors, by providing lodging, food/beverage, recreational and tourism services at establishments such as clubs, hotels, motels, resorts, casinos, restaurants, recreation facilities, tourism, cruise lines, community associations and theme parks. This is a big responsibility for HFTP. According to our bylaws, we "provide leadership in the establishment and enhancement of hospitality accounting, financial management, and information processing practices and standards." Leading the industry to determine BT impact on our industry is right in line with what our members envisioned 65 years ago when we were founded.The mission of the BT Task Force is to study the topic and help HFTP's defined industry make their own decisions on how it will impact the industry and how we should respond to this new technology.How can I get involved in the industry's BT Task Force?If you are interested in being considered for our BT Task Force, please email your interest to blockchain@hftp.org. Volunteers should be prepared to attend at least two in person meetings annually and have employer time and financial support. For those who are unfamiliar with HFTP, we are a global nonprofit hospitality association that uniquely understands the industry's problems. We are recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. HFTP assists our members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via our expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC, and certification programs. HFTP has several thousand stakeholders across the globe. Through our HITEC brand, we also assist both members and stakeholders in deal facilitation.

HFTP Announces Blockchain Technology Task Force

HFTP 26 June 2017
Toronto, Ont. Canada -- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) announced today that it is organizing a Blockchain Technology Task Force to prepare for the technology's future impact on hospitality. The task force will be chaired by Lyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO of The Student Hotel and the 2017 HFTP Global President."Blockchain technology has been predicted to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy," said Frank Wolfe, CEO of HFTP. "As the industry's nonprofit brain trust on finance and technology, it is incumbent on us to address the issue before blockchain reaches maturity and assembling a task force is the first step."This week HFTP is hosting the 45th HITEC(r) (Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference - #HITECTor) at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada, where the topic will be extensively covered in the education program. First an introduction to the technology will be given in the Tuesday, June 26 keynote: The Blockchain Revolution presented by Alex Tapscott. Tapscott is a founding member at IMF's High Level Advisory Group on Fintech, as well as the co-author of the critically acclaimed best-seller "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World."Following up this session on Wednesday, June 28 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. is the concurrent session Demystifying Blockchain Technology, where speaker Andrew Sanders will specifically address how blockchain technology positively addresses pain points that impact hotel companies and travelers. Sanders held executive and sales leadership positions at global companies specializing in enterprise hospitality technology solutions for over 20 years.Members of the industry who would like to be considered for the task force should send an e-mail to Blockchain@hftp.org.

HITEC Toronto Entrepreneur 20X Judges and Mentors Announced

HFTP 21 June 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce the expert judges' panel and industry mentors that will offer their time and expertise in the Toronto version of Entrepreneur 20X (E20X). All registered HITEC attendees and exhibitors, including Exhibits Only registrants, are welcome to attend the action-packed pitch competition that will take place on Monday, June 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at HITEC Toronto."HFTP, with the help of Somers Communications, works hard each year to bring together experienced industry veterans and top up-and-coming startups," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Back by popular demand, this will be the second year the mentoring sessions are available to E20X contestants. Both the selected mentors and judges will provide quality advice that each entrepreneur can carry with them throughout their careers."The 2017 E20X Toronto expert judges' panel includes:Carson Booth, CHTP, technology startup consultant.Christina Cornwell, vice president, IT Field Services, Asia Pacific at Hilton Worldwide.Jeff Lapin, angel investor and president at Tech Coast Angels-Los Angeles.Henri Roelings, founder and CEO at Hsyndicate.Jules Sieburgh, CHTP+, former hospitality CIO and HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame Award recipient.Previous to the pitch competition, participants had access to expert mentors to help the competitors prepare for the main event. The volunteer mentoring/coaching team is assigned to review competitors' presentations and provide feedback and includes:John Burns, president at Hospitality Technology Consulting.Prakash Shukla, managing partner at WayfareVC.Lyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO at The Student Hotel and 2016-2017 HFTP International President.The 2017 onsite mentoring team will be available for short meetups with entrepreneurs immediately prior to the E20X competition. The experience is similar to round-robin dating--startups circulate the room making connections with the purposefully built mentor team who have a great deal of hospitality industry knowledge, expertise and experiences to share. This will provide a great forum to inspire and educate the E20X participants, and will also give them connections at HITEC Toronto and into the future. Onsite mentor team includes:Mike Dickersbach, CHTP, MCP, NICE, Thayer Ventures.Steve D'Erasmo, CHTP, director, technology planning and POS systems at Hilton.Diane Estner, president and CEO at DANNI Enterprises.Jai Govindani, CTO at Red Planet Hotels.Rod Jimenez, CEO at SHR.Steve Marino, vice president, information technology at Marriott International.Douglas Rice, managing director at Hospitality Technology Network LLC.Robert Rippee, director, hospitality lab at UNLV.Mike Schmitt, CEO at Clairvoyix.Luis Segredo, entrepreneur and investor.Richard Siegel, president and publisher at Hospitality Upgrade.Ron Tarro, vice president at Broadsoft, Inc.Alan Young, president and co-founder at Puzzle Partner.This year's larger North American event HITEC Toronto will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. HITEC Dubai, the third and final HITEC of 2017, will take place from November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to HITEC Houston on June 26-29.For more information about E20X, email e20x@hftp.org or charlotte@somerscommunications.com, or visit booth K13 in the E20X Pavilion on the HITEC show floor. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/. Stay updated with HFTP and HITEC on social media for conference updates: HFTP Connect; HITEC Bytes; HFTP Club Bytes; HFTP Finance Bytes; HFTP News; Facebook; LinkedIn; Twitter; Instagram; YouTube; Flickr.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is an international, nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HFTP Announces Planning Underway for HITEC India, HITEC Asia and 2018 Club Engagement Conference

HFTP 13 June 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), announced today they are laying the groundwork to further globally expand the HITEC brand by also producing HITEC India and HITEC Asia. These educational events, HITEC India and HITEC Asia, will follow the tremendously successful HITEC brand that launched in North America in 1972. HFTP's North American version HITEC Toronto, the largest HITEC of 2017, will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada."Expanding HITEC to India and Asia has been a goal HFTP has worked towards for several years. It is time that we moved from the goal stage to the planning stage," says HFTP International President Lyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO at The Student Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. "As a global association with members spanning six continents, we believe that the expansion of HITEC will be an opportunity to build the exchange of information within the hospitality technology community, which has gained immense importance within the industry."After HFTP's strategic planning conference in Amsterdam, HFTP has added many new benefits for its members this year. Expanding its club segment education to include a Club Engagement Conference in March of 2018, a new Hospitality Data Protection Officer program, development of new performance indicators for clubs, new chapters of the association and finalizing a research center located in Dubai, UAE later this month."As a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the industry, HFTP continues to respond to its stakeholder's requests' for meaningful projects that expand the industry" says HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Unlike other educational organizations that operate for-profit, HFTP events are planned by our volunteers and executed by our paid staff. It is this recipe that makes our events so successful. Our education is planned by the industry, for the industry, and the proceeds go back to the industry."Further new plans and programs will be prioritized during the upcoming HFTP Board of Directors meeting held in Toronto following HITEC Toronto. More details will be published late September prior to HFTP's 65th anniversary and 2017 Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, USA.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is an international, nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HFTP Announces Keynote Speakers and Opening Party for HITEC Toronto

HFTP 2 June 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), has added four keynote speakers to this year's education program: Dave Berkus, super angel, author and entrepreneur; Alex Tapscott, CEO at Northwest Passage Ventures; Kevin Rosen, Esq. CIPP/US, partner at Shutts & Bowen, LLP; and Robert Villanueva, executive vice president at Q6 Cyber.Opening Keynote and Party. On Monday, June 26, 2017, Dave Berkus will take the HITEC Toronto stage from 4:30--5:30 p.m. to discuss technology and its impact on the job market. Berkus is one of the nation's most prolific angel investors with over 137 early stage technology investments. He is the creator of BERKONOMICS.COM - weekly insights for entrepreneurs and investors. Berkus is an author and in-demand speaker at national and international events sharing stories and wisdom related to entrepreneurs, building boards of directors, trends in technology and valuing young corporate enterprises. Berkus is also an inductee to the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame.Following the Opening Keynote, HFTP will host the "A Night in Toronto" Opening Party from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Toronto Event Centre, Beach Paris (formerly Muzik Event Centre). Attendees will enjoy delicious snacks, drinks and music as they mingle and get ready for the busy week ahead. Additionally, the Opening Party will feature an emulator touch screen DJ, giant light bright, digital graffiti wall and surfboard simulator. Opening Party entry information is detailed on the HITEC Toronto website.Tuesday Keynote. On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Alex Tapscott will present from 8:30--10:00 a.m. to inform HITEC attendees about the blockchain revolution. Tapscott is a founding member at IMF's High Level Advisory Group on Fintech, as well as the co-author of the critically acclaimed best-seller "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World." Tapscott is focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government, and is a passionate advocate for innovation, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.Closing Keynote. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Kevin Rosen, Esq. CIPP/US and Robert Villanueva will present from 2:15--3:15 p.m. on cybercrime. Rosen is a member of the Financial Services Practice Group and the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Taskforce at his current West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen, a full-service law firm with approximately 270 attorneys. He focuses his practice on cybersecurity, privacy, data security, securities regulation and financial regulation. He previously served as senior regional counsel and cybersecurity regulatory specialist at the Department of Enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Villanueva currently leads the Cyber Threat Intelligence Division of Q6 Cyber after spending 25-years working for the United States Secret Service, where he specialized in transnational cybercrimes, access device fraud, network intrusions and identity theft data breaches affecting the private sector.This year's larger North American event HITEC Toronto will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. HITEC Dubai, the third and final HITEC of 2017, will take place from November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to HITEC Houston on June 26-29.For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/. Stay updated with HFTP and HITEC on social media for conference updates: HFTP Connect; HITEC Bytes; HFTP Club Bytes; HFTP Finance Bytes; HFTP News; Facebook; LinkedIn; Twitter; Instagram; YouTube; Flickr.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HFTP's Entrepreneur 20X Returns at HITEC Toronto with More Opportunities to Participate

HFTP 19 April 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), will host its second Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) of 2017 on Monday, June 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at HITEC Toronto, the world's largest hospitality technology event. HFTP is currently accepting applications for participants, judges and mentors for E20X Toronto. Startups interested in competing in the hospitality technology innovation competition, and industry professionals who would like to serve as a judge or mentor, must apply by April 24 on the event website. Returning pitching applicants are welcome to come back and participate as long as they are considered Series A or a startup. All chosen startups, judges and mentors will be contacted by May 1, 2017.All registered HITEC attendees and exhibitors are welcome to view the innovative start-ups present cutting-edge ideas in a four-minute pitch to a panel of expert judges and HITEC Toronto attendees. The judge's panel will determine the grand prize, or E20X Judge's Award, winner who they deem "most innovative" that will take home $5,000 USD. HITEC Toronto attendees are encouraged to attend the competition, visit the startups at the E20X Pavilion on the exhibit hall floor as well as watch them present on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Digital Den. Attendees will determine the crowd favorite, or E20X People's Startup Award, winner by voting for their favorite startup through the HITEC 2017 app - available for download via the Apple Store or Google Play.Seasoned hospitality technology veterans will serve as mentors to inspire and educate our startups by lending them insights, expertise and guidance. Two E20X mentor opportunities are available to industry professionals who would like to volunteer: pre-show mentors and day-of competition mentors. Pre-show mentors will entertain a series of brief one-on-one calls with chosen pitchers leading up to the competition, providing coaching and pitch deck feedback. Day-of mentors will meet face-to-face with participants in a series of pre-booked meetups hours before the E20X Toronto competition takes place sharing their experience, getting their brain picked and making invaluable connections."E20X at HITEC Toronto is expected to be the largest competition to date," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "E20X is powerful way for hospitality technology startups to generate global exposure within our industry and further develop their products and services. The one-of-a-kind experience will provide participants with extensive knowledge and advice from judges and mentors as well as guarantee them a spot on the HITEC Toronto exhibit hall floor. New this year, participants will also be granted additional speaking opportunities at the world's largest hospitality technology event in days following the competition."E20X Toronto participants will receive further exposure among conference attendees with added speaking opportunities. On Tuesday and Wednesday following the E20X competition, all startups will be invited to provide a 10-minute presentation at the Digital Den stage at HITEC Toronto. HFTP will coordinate time slots with startups, and publish the schedule for attendees when available. Another added benefit, a barista service will be featured on Thursday at the E20X Pavilion on the HITEC Toronto exhibit hall floor.This year's larger North American event HITEC Toronto, HFTP's second HITEC of 2017, will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. HITEC Dubai, the third and final HITEC of 2017, will take place from November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to HITEC Houston on June 26-29.For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/. Stay updated with HFTP and HITEC on social media for conference updates: HFTP Connect; HITEC Bytes; HFTP Club Bytes; HFTP Finance Bytes; HFTP News; Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter; Instagram; YouTube; Flickr.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HFTP Announces 2017 CHTP of the Year Recipient

HFTP 19 April 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), will honor Clint DeMill, CHTP as the 2017 Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)) of the Year at HITEC Toronto this June. The CHTP of the Year award honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHTP certification exam within a given year. HITEC Toronto, HFTP's second and largest HITEC of 2017, will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada.DeMill began his hospitality career at a mountain resort in Utah USA in 1996. He later moved to The University Guest House at the University of Utah, which was preparing to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He has worked in hospitality accounting while earning a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Utah. DeMill contributes to many areas of the hotel, conferences and events, and also received his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2016. He is currently working as associate director of administration at The University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center."I first learned of HFTP at its HITEC 2012," said DeMill. "I was fortunate to join many others who specialized in both finance and information technology. I am honored to be selected as the 2017 CHTP of the Year by an esteemed association such as HFTP."Developed jointly by HFTP and the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA), the CHTP designation is the ultimate achievement in hospitality information technology by showing a dedication to both the hospitality and technology industries. The CHTP exam was first given in 1994 at HITEC in Dallas, Texas USA. Since then, more than 400 professionals have earned the CHTP designation around the world. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) industry designation.HFTP's certification programs are globally recognized for setting industry standards for hospitality finance and technology. Qualification for the exams is based on level of education and experience in the industry; student programs are also available. Active certificants have reported higher salaries and various career advancement opportunities. Becoming certified indicates and individual's commitment to professionalism, continuing education and their chosen career path.For more information on HFTP's certification programs, contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at certification@hftp.org. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/. Download the all-inclusive HITEC 2017 multi-event app from the Apple Store or Google Play - information coming available as each event nears. For the latest news, stay tuned to HFTP Connect, HFTP News, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP) and Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HFTP Exceeds Expectations with Inaugural HITEC Amsterdam

HFTP 4 April 2017
Over 1,100 hospitality industry professionals from around the globe came together in Amsterdam this week to explore the industry's best practices and latest innovations at the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam. Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), exceeded its goal to successfully produce a European counterpart to its recognized, 45-year-old North American event. HITEC Amsterdam was held from March 28-30, 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. Based on this year's successful show, HFTP has already scheduled HITEC Amsterdam 2018 for April 11-13 at the RAI Convention Centre.The conference served as a regional, concentrated forum to discuss the ins-and-outs of hospitality technology via networking, education and exhibits. The event's educational program featured 30+ speakers, including two keynote presentations, which addressed trending topics such as: EU data privacy legislation, disruptive technologies, e-payments, technology for profit, IT and more. Attendees also had access to an exhibition hall that was home to 83 exhibit booths showcasing the latest in hospitality technology products and services."Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam an overwhelming success," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "We had early indications foreshadowing the event's popularity with the exhibit floor selling out in 72 hours last June to high pre-registration attendance numbers. HFTP is humbled to have surpassed its goal in producing the first European extension of HITEC, and look forward to the future."Expanding on industry innovation, HITEC Amsterdam also offered attendees the chance to witness HFTP's thrilling Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) innovation competition for hospitality startups - contestant Hyre won both the Judge's Award and the People's Startup Award. Exclusively sponsored by HoReCa.digital, HITEC Amsterdam served as the platform for HFTP to debut its popular E20X event in Europe for the first time.HITEC Amsterdam was the first of three HITECs that HFTP will produce this year. Next up, the larger HITEC Toronto is slated for June 26-29, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Ending the year, the inaugural HITEC Dubai - a Middle Eastern counterpart - will take place November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba.For the latest news, download the all-inclusive HITEC 2017 multi-event app from the Apple Store or Google Play - information coming available as each event nears. View the event photo gallery on the HITEC website or Flickr. Read posts from HITEC Amsterdam Guest Bloggers via HFTP's official hospitality blog, HFTP Connect. Follow HFTP/HITEC on HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP) and Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). For more information about HITEC, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or +1 (512) 249-5333. About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HFTP Announces Team for Hospitality Program for Upcoming GDPR Compliance Deadline

HFTP 2 April 2017
AMSTERDAM -- As hospitality companies conducting business in Europe prepare to make operational changes to conform with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional (HFTP(r)) has put together a team of experts to prepare supporting resources for the industry. Specifically, the association has recruited an advisory council to develop Hospitality Data Protection Officer (DPO) Guidelines along with a Hospitality Data Protection Officer certification program, with a release date of Summer 2017. A key requirement in the GDPR is that companies who handle large stores of sensitive personal information must assign a DPO, and it is estimated that this could open approximately 28,000 positions overall. Impacting both the finance and technology areas and with a required compliance date of May 25, 2018 for the GDPR, HFTP has deemed it critical to develop resources for hospitality technology operations which assist in installing this newly-mandatory position.HFTP, which produces HITEC(r) the oldest and largest hospitality technology conference and exposition, has expanded the brand internationally with three events in 2017. This includes the just concluded HITEC Amsterdam, March 28-30 with 1,121 attendees and 83 exhibitors and an education program with a unique European perspective. The GDPR and general data protection were top issues of discussion amongst the group of European technologists and highlighted the importance to HFTP leaders the importance to developing resources in advance of next year's deadline."By the nature of a hospitality business, hospitality companies now collect vast amounts of personal data to assist in providing seamless and personalized services to their guests. With that, in the coming year, hospitality technology operations doing business in Europe will need to focus on making compliance happen," said Frank Wolfe, CAE. "By making available these guidelines and directives from experts specifically knowledgeable with the hospitality space, HFTP is aiming to ease the unique protection challenges ahead."The mandate for the DPO is described in Article 39 of the GDPR and requires the position to inform and advise employees on requirements, ensure compliance and act as the contact point.HFTP currently offers two hospitality-specific certifications: the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)) and the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) each demonstrating competencies in finance and technology. This puts HFTP in a unique position to establish a hospitality-specific certification for DPOs. With a team of experts, HFTP will build a program that demonstrates an individual's competency for the position within a hospitality company.This year, HFTP will also produce its larger North American event HITEC Toronto from June 26-29 and HITEC Dubai from November 14-15, in partnership with Naseba. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to HITEC Houston on June 26-29.For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HFTP's HITEC Amsterdam High Pre-registration Count Illustrates Hospitality Vitality - Stakeholders' Support for the Industry

HFTP 22 March 2017
With the 600+ pre-registered participants for next week's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is interpreting the strong interest as a sign of vitality for the hospitality industry and its stakeholders. In 2017, HFTP expanded its stakes in its 45-year Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), by adding two boutique events in hospitality-strong regions to complement the larger, North American HITEC that runs annually in June.The first of three HITECs in 2017 is HITEC Amsterdam, March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, with pre-registration already exceeding the expected attendance numbers. This sign of popularity, plus the fact that the exhibit hall sold out in 72 hours when space was made available last June, demonstrates the need for a regional, concentrated forum to discuss the ins-and-outs of hospitality technology via networking, education and exhibits. This year HFTP will also produce HITEC Toronto, June 26-29 and HITEC Dubai, November 14-15, in partnership with Naseba."While we expected that HITEC Amsterdam would be a big draw, it is already exceeding our wildest expectations," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Because we are a non-profit organization, our successes are attributable to the industry experts who volunteer their expertise and time to help plan the program, resulting in valuable knowledge-sharing that leads to industry improvement. HFTP is also fortunate to have the support of many industry suppliers and sponsors, some who have been with HFTP through name changes, mergers and acquisitions for the HITEC brand's 45 years."The HITEC Amsterdam education program is a topical slate of sessions planned and presented by a renowned, respected, volunteer group of industry experts led by HITEC Amsterdam Chair, Carson Booth, CHTP and Vice Chair, Derek Wood. Sessions will cover important topics such as: EU data privacy legislation, disruptive technologies, e-payments, service bus technologies, technology for profit and more. In addition the program starts with a keynote from BBC Radio broadcaster Dr. Aleks Krotoski and caps off with a keynote by future-scenario planner Woody Wade.Wolfe goes on to say, "HFTP has been entrusted by the industry as one of the most reliable sources for finding out how technology and finance impact our enterprises. HFTP's volunteers are among the very best and brightest the industry has to offer who are extremely passionate about the industry. It is that passion that drives such positive responses."HITEC Amsterdam will also host an exhibit hall full of companies offering some of the best technology products and services ever assembled in Europe under one roof. In support of the inaugural event, Platinum Sponsors CNN, Samsung, NEC and Novility are helping to provide participants special experiences.HFTP's Entrepreneur 20X program, the hospitality industry's startup pitch competition, is a bonus event that will be held on the afternoon of March 28. The startups compete for a cash prize, two separate awards and the opportunity to innovate the hospitality industry. The event is exclusively sponsored by HoReCa.digital. HoReCa.digital is a newly established business unit of METRO that focuses on helping independent restaurants, hotels and caterers via innovative digital tools and solutions to improve their businesses. Focused on digital opportunities in the hospitality sector, HoReCa.digital features METRO Accelerator's highly selective mentor program for technology startups across the entire chain of Hospitality and Retail.Also co-located with HITEC Amsterdam next week are two critical hospitality events produced by HFTP industry allies, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Region Europe and Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG). Interested individuals can find information about these events at HSMAI.Europe.com and HTNG.org.To learn more about HITEC Amsterdam, visit the HITEC website or download the HITEC app on the App Store or Google Play. For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP) and Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC).About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.##END##

HFTP Announces HITEC Dubai, Extension of World's Largest Hospitality Technology Event

HFTP 9 March 2017
Building on the expertise of planning and producing the world's largest hospitality technology show, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), will host its inaugural HITEC Dubai from November 14-15, 2017 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE - the center of the fast-developing markets of Asia and The Middle East. Produced in partnership with Naseba, HFTP's HITEC Dubai will serve as the association's third, and final, HITEC of 2017.The new event will be a Middle Eastern counterpart to the tremendously successful annual HITEC which brings together thousands of individuals from the hospitality technology community to a different city in North America each year. This year, celebrating the 45th anniversary since the first HITEC in 1972, HFTP decided to break tradition and satisfy the increasingly popular demand with additional events in new regions with HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai."The international events will increase involvement and better accommodate not only HFTP members located in Europe and the Middle East but also the industry itself," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "HFTP has been entrusted by the industry as one of the most reliable sources to find out about the impact of technology and finance on our enterprises."Planning for HITEC Dubai has begun, and will reflect practices and trends specific to The Middle East. The preliminary program will follow a similar format to HITEC Amsterdam, March 28-30, with up to 80 booths, keynote presentations in the usual tradition of HITEC and education sessions on current technology topics for hospitality. Top regional experts will be diligently selected to volunteer their industry expertise on the HITEC Dubai Advisory Council and provide guidance for the event's education program.Reservations for exhibit space at HITEC Dubai are now being taken. HITEC Dubai also offers multiple sponsorship and advertising opportunities for exhibitors to increase impressions before and after the show. For more information, contact HFTP Exhibits Manager Alison Heathcote at Alison.Heathcote@hftp.org.The partnership between HFTP and Naseba for HITEC Dubai will combine both organizations' vast experience in the sector to build the ultimate hospitality technology platform in the United Arab Emirates region. Naseba will bring additional, local expertise to the inaugural event whereas HFTP will appoint a HITEC Dubai Advisory Council to assist in identifying education sessions and speakers. Both organizations will work together on production, marketing/branding, sponsorship, customer relations, logistics and more to ensure the success of the event's core goals and objectives.In addition to HITEC Dubai, in 2017 HFTP is producing its inaugural European counterpart HITEC Amsterdam on March 28-30 and the larger HITEC Toronto on June 26-29. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HITEC Toronto Exhibit Space is Officially Sold Out

HFTP 22 February 2017
Global hospitality association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of the world's largest hospitality technology conference Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce its exhibit space for HITEC Toronto is officially sold out. A waiting list is available on a first-come, first-served basis for booth space - an updated floor plan is available on the HITEC Toronto website. HFTP's HITEC Toronto is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada."Booth space for HITEC Toronto sold out quicker than ever before in HITEC's 45-year history," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "HFTP continues to reach new milestone accomplishments, and we are overjoyed to produce the first HITEC event in Canada, Europe and the Middle East this year."HITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference with over 331 companies and 853 booths occupying this year's Canadian show floor. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology education, led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled trade show showcasing the latest hospitality technology products and services. In recent years, HFTP has added its increasingly popular Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) startup pitch competition to the HITEC event program - introducing the competition at HITEC Austin in 2015.HITEC Toronto also offers multiple sponsorship and advertising opportunities for exhibitors to increase impressions before and after the show. See which opportunities are still available and download the 2017 HFTP/HITEC marketing kit by visiting the HITEC website at www.hftp.org/hitec.Beginning in early June 2017, HITEC Toronto exhibitors will have the opportunity to select space in advance for next year's HITEC Houston. The process takes place prior to arrival in Toronto to give exhibitors time to review and select space with the assistance of key company personnel. Selection order is based on total points accumulated by exhibiting at HITEC. Last year, more than 80 percent of exhibit space was reserved during this process so exhibitors are encouraged to participate for the best selection.For more information or to get on the exhibitor waiting list, please contact HFTP Exhibits Manager Alison Heathcote at Alison.Heathcote@hftp.org. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break barriers in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. boarders. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place in a different country. In addition to HITEC Toronto, in 2017 HFTP is producing two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. HITEC Amsterdam will serve as the first HITEC event of the year, taking place from March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. HITEC Dubai will serve as the last HITEC event of 2017, and take place in the Fall in partnership with Naseba.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has several thousand of members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org.

HFTP is Now Accepting Applications for Entrepreneur 20X at HITEC Toronto

HFTP 8 February 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is now accepting applications to participate in the successful Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) event at HITEC Toronto. Hospitality technology startups who would like to apply for the exciting opportunity can do so by visiting the event website - past applicants and winners are welcome to come back as long as they are considered Series A or a startup. The competition will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada.HITEC Toronto E20X participants will compete for a grand prize of $5,000 USD. Similar to last year, there will be two E20X awards given - the Judge's Award and the People's Startup Award. The Judge's Award recipient will be determined by the expert panel of judges and also receives the grand prize. The People's Startup Award recipient will be determined by HITEC Toronto attendees and serve as the popular, or crowd favorite, vote. HITEC Toronto attendees will be able to watch the companies compete, visit with company representatives in a designated E20X pavilion in the exhibit hall and vote for their favorite competitor via the upcoming HITEC multi-event app."This will be the third year HFTP has produced Entrepreneur 20X, and the Toronto competition will be the second in 2017," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "E20X has received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from both competitors and spectators, and we are excited to bring the program back at the largest HITEC event of the year - HITEC Toronto. The program features some of the most up-and-coming, innovative technology hospitality technology has to offer, and serves as an essential platform for startup companies."HFTP's expanding E20X program features ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders. The competition will be open to all HITEC Toronto registrants."We loved the HITEC E20X competition," said David Temple, from Hello Scout Inc., the winner of the Judge's Award at the HITEC New Orleans E20X competition on June 20, 2016. "It provided us with great exposure and let us get our story in front of lots of people that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to reach. That the judge's chose us as the winner was the icing on the cake."Videos from last year's E20X competition at HITEC New Orleans are available on the HFTP/HITEC YouTube channel.In addition to accepting participant applications for the HITEC Toronto E20X competition, HFTP is also accepting participant applications for the first E20X competition in 2017 at the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam on March 28 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Applications must be submitted separately via each event's respective website, accessed directly from www.hitec.org.HFTP's HITEC Toronto is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. In addition to HITEC Toronto, in 2017 HFTP is producing two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. HITEC Amsterdam will serve as the first HITEC event of the year, taking place from March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. HITEC Amsterdam will feature pre-conference programs on March 28 followed by the full event from March 29-30 featuring two full days of education, an expo and networking party. HITEC Dubai will serve as the last HITEC event of 2017, and take place in the Fall in partnership with Naseba.For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 4,200 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HITEC Toronto Online Registration and Housing Bureau Open Now

HFTP 6 February 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC(r)), has announced that attendee registration for its HITEC Toronto is now available online. Also available on the HITEC Toronto website is information on travel and hotel reservations. HITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference, and this year will be HFTP's 45th anniversary since it produced its first HITEC event in 1972. HITEC Toronto is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will be June 26-29, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada."HITEC Toronto will be another outstanding occasion to thoroughly discuss and examine all aspects of hospitality technology and celebrate our industry," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "This year's program and exhibits are already promising to be the best in HITEC's 45 year history."HITEC Toronto full registration attendees will have access to four full days of education, three full days of exhibits and access to the opening party. The full schedule of events is available on the HITEC Toronto website.Education. Full registration attendees will have access to four full days of education, carefully planned by the HITEC Toronto Advisory Council, starting early Monday morning, June 26 and finishing off with a closing Keynote on Thursday, June 29 immediately following the exhibit hall closing.Exhibits. Full Registration attendees, as well as those purchasing an exhibits only attendee pass will have access to three days of exhibits from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29. Do not miss the only opportunity to see a number of new products and high-caliber existing products all in one location. Attendees will also have access to education right on the show floor including Exhibitor Tutorials and Tech Talks.Entrepreneur 20X (E20X). HFTP's expanding E20X program features ambitious, unfunded technology entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a room full of HITEC attendees as well as a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders. All HITEC badges, including exhibits-only badges, will have the opportunity to watch some of the most innovative startups the hospitality technology industry has to offer compete in the Toronto version of the globally recognized pitch competition. This will be the second E20X event of 2017.Networking. Attendees will have opportunities for networking with peers and leading industry experts from around the world throughout the conference and during the opening party on Monday, June 26. Full Registration attendees receive a pass to the opening party with their registration on Monday evening.In addition to HITEC Toronto, in 2017 HFTP has expanded the world renowned event into Europe and the Middle East with its inaugural HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai events. HITEC Amsterdam will be 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with pre-conference events on 28 March, followed by the full conference from 29-30 March. Attendee online registration is also available on the HITEC Amsterdam website. HITEC Dubai will be in the Fall, in partnership with Naseba.Visit each HITEC website for complete information about all conference and exhibition events, including the conference schedule, a list of exhibitors, a map of the exhibit hall and the most current HITEC news. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 4,200 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HFTP Announces Exclusive Entrepreneur 20X Sponsorship Agreement with HoReCa.digital at HITEC Amsterdam

HFTP 31 January 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce its exclusive Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) sponsorship agreement with HoReCa.digital, a unit of METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist Company, for HITEC Amsterdam. The successful E20X pitch competition, featuring hospitality technology startups, will take place with HITEC Amsterdam's pre-conference events in the afternoon on 28 March 2017. Following the pre-conference program is the full HITEC Amsterdam event, featuring two full days of education, an expo and networking party. HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam is the first of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.HFTP's Entrepreneur 20X program, featured at HITEC, is a pitch competition that provides hospitality technology start-ups a career-boosting opportunity with exposure to top industry mentors, investors, leaders and executives. The startups compete for a cash prize, two separate awards and much more in this thrilling competition series."We are grateful for our partnership with HoReCa.digital for the premier of Entrepreneur 20X in Europe this year," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "This exclusive partnership with HoReCa.digital will serve as an additional benefit to our Entrepreneur 20X participants at HITEC Amsterdam, as the company's business model speaks directly to that intended audience."HoReCa.digital is a newly established business unit of METRO that focuses on helping independent restaurants, hotels and caterers via innovative digital tools and solutions to improve their businesses. Focused on digital opportunities in the hospitality sector, HoReCa.digital features METRO Accelerator's highly selective mentorship program for technology-first startups across the entire value chain of Hospitality and Retail. METRO Accelerator is powered by Techstars, a flagship program based in Berlin, and invests in companies who are market champions in pioneering new grounds with their unique digital solutions.Benefits to the Hospitality program include a monetary investment, access to industry experts, mentorship from key hospitality executives and leaders, venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs - and much more. HFTP Global President Lyle Worthington, CHTP and HFTP Global Secretary Michael Levie, CHTP both serve as mentors for METRO Accelerator, and are described as some of the best, brightest and most innovative entrepreneurial minds out there."We are delighted to be the exclusive sponsor of Entrepreneur 20X at HFTP's premier HITEC Amsterdam this year," said Frederic Schumacher, director at HoReCa.digital. "HoReCa.digital is showing its commitment to the industry by encouraging an environment where entrepreneurs and new businesses can unveil new digital solutions and create lasting economic value in their respected communities."Co-located with HITEC Amsterdam are two additional events brought by HFTP industry allies. The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Region Europe will locate its Revenue Optimization Conference (ROC) with HITEC Amsterdam. Also co-locating is the Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) Insight Summit Europe.In addition to HITEC Amsterdam, in 2017 HFTP is producing the larger HITEC Toronto on 26-29 June and HITEC Dubai in Fall in partnership with Naseba. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HoReCa.digital HoReCa.digital is METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist Company's newly established group focusing on helping a core customer group of METRO Cash & Carry - the independent restaurant, hotels and caterers - with innovative tools and solutions to improve their business. With offices in major METRO countries, HoReCa.digital drives innovation in hospitality through the METRO Accelerator, as well as large scale eco-system pilots in key geographies. HoReCa.digital helps confirmed and scalable innovations gain further traction by linking to METRO Cash & Carry's more than 750 stores and 3,000+ people salesforce. Different from many other corporates, the investment arm leverages established investment industry best-practices and structures to help VC/PE-experienced staff to make exit focused co-investments with the aim of helping founders to successfully fund their businesses. The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2015/16, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around EUR37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has nearly 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HFTP Now Accepting Applications for Entrepreneur 20X at HITEC Amsterdam

HFTP 19 January 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is now accepting applications to participate in the successful Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) event at its premier HITEC Amsterdam. Hospitality technology startups who would like to apply for the exciting opportunity can do so by visiting the event website. Deadline for submissions is 22 February. The competition will take place as part of HITEC Amsterdam's pre-conference events on the afternoon of 28 March 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. HoReCa.digital will serve as the exclusive Entrepreneur 20X sponsor at HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam.HITEC Amsterdam E20X participants will compete for a grand prize of EUR2,500 EUR. As in the previous E20X competition, there will be two E20X awards given - the Judge's Award and the People's Startup Award. The Judge's Award recipient will be determined by the expert panel of judges and also receives the grand prize. The People's Startup Award recipient will be determined by HITEC Amsterdam attendees and serve as the popular, or crowd favorite, vote. HITEC Amsterdam attendees will be able to watch the companies compete, visit with company representatives and vote for their favorite competitor via the upcoming HITEC app. Immediately following the competition, HITEC Amsterdam attendees are encouraged to visit the E20X participants in room E108 in the convention centre to learn more about each company."This will be the third Entrepreneur 20X HFTP has hosted since the program's creation two years ago at HITEC Austin," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "With the overwhelming, positive feedback on E20X from competitors and spectators, we are thrilled to debut the program in Europe at our inaugural HITEC Amsterdam. The technology presented demonstrates what kind of technology is on the cusp for our industry -- from the outlandish to the practical -- and is another reason HITEC is an essential event. "HFTP's expanding E20X program features ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders. The competition will be open to all HITEC Amsterdam registrants."We loved the HITEC E20X competition," said David Temple, from Hello Scout Inc., the winner of the Judge's Award at the HITEC New Orleans E20X competition on June 20, 2016. "It provided us with great exposure and let us get our story in front of lots of people that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to reach. That the judge's chose us as the winner was the icing on the cake."Videos from last year's E20X competition at HITEC New Orleans are available on the HFTP/HITEC YouTube channel.In addition to accepting participant applications for the HITEC Amsterdam E20X competition, HFTP is also accepting participant applications for the second E20X competition in 2017 at HITEC Toronto on 26 June in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Applications must be submitted separately via each event's respective website, accessed directly from www.hitec.org.HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam is the first of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The pre-conference events will take place on 28 March, followed by the full HITEC Amsterdam event featuring two full days of education, an expo and networking party. HITEC Amsterdam registration is now available on the HITEC Amsterdam website.In addition to HITEC Amsterdam, in 2017 HFTP is producing the larger HITEC Toronto on 26-29 June and HITEC Dubai in Fall in partnership with Naseba. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

What to Expect from Global Hospitality Association HFTP in 2017

HFTP 13 January 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC(r)), has widely extended its global reach for this upcoming year. With leading industry events spanning three separate continents, five inaugural events and three new Digital Learning Day additions, HFTP has largely increased its scope of hosted events in 2017."It has been exciting to watch the rapid growth and progression of the association," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP. "We are looking forward to what lies ahead - with so many additions and developments, we expect 2017 to be another groundbreaking year for HFTP."HITEC Conferences. The global association's HITEC event is the largest hospitality technology conference in the world, and will take place in Europe, Asia and North America this year as listed below. Historically taking place in a different city in North America each year, HFTP built upon its annual HITEC event with the additions of the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai events taking place this year. Co-located with HITEC Toronto will be the Club & Hotel Controllers Conference.HITEC Amsterdam: 28-30 March 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Pre-conference events will take place on 28 March, followed by the full event from 29-30 March.HITEC Toronto: June 26-29, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada.HITEC Dubai: Fall 2017 in partnership with Naseba.Entrepreneur 20X. Back by popular demand, HFTP is bringing its overwhelmingly successful Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) to Europe and Canada. HITEC attendees will have the opportunity to watch some of the most innovative startups the hospitality technology industry has to offer compete to bring their dreams to life. E20X will take place at HITEC Amsterdam the day prior to the conference on 28 March 2017 along with the invitation-only CIO and CFO pre-conference programs. E20X videos are available on the HFTP/HITEC YouTube channel.Online Events. In addition to its year-round webinar schedule, the association will host five completely online Digital Learning Day events this year as listed below. HFTP added three inaugural Digital Learning Day events to its lineup including: Club Technology Digital Learning Day, Digital Learning Day - Europe and Digital Learning Day - Asia.HFTP Club Technology Digital Learning Day: February 15, 2017HFTP Digital Learning Day: March 22, 2017HFTP Digital Learning Day - Europe: May 9, 2017HFTP Digital Learning Day - Asia: May 18, 2017HFTP Club Digital Learning Day: September 20, 2017Membership Events. HFTP's yearly member-focused event, Annual Convention, will take place from October 25-27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Florida USA. In true HFTP fashion, the association will host four regional conferences throughout the year: HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference, HFTP Mid-West Regional Conference, HFTP Texas Regional Conference, HFTP Florida Regional Conference. The confirmed dates are as follows:HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference: February 23-25, 2017HFTP Mid-West Regional Conference: March 16-18, 2017HFTP Texas Regional Conference: May 19-20, 2017Industry Publications. In addition to its many global conferences and events, HFTP also produces numerous resourceful tools for its members. The Bottomline is HFTP's quarterly journal which includes feature articles on finance and technology best practices, industry research reports, general management tips, HFTP news and profiles of industry and association leaders. All articles from the publication are now available on PineappleSearch.com(r) - a search platform for hospitality-specific industry information and intelligence.Website Renovations. HFTP's official blog HFTP Connect has been redesigned for the New Year, and is currently accepting educational blog contribution submissions. The Global Hospitality Accounting Common Practices (GHACP), an accessible online resource and guide for hospitality industry accounting practices, website was also redone for the New Year, and now features item definitions on PineappleSearch.com.For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HFTP Announces Pre-Conference Programs for Inaugural 2017 HITEC Amsterdam

HFTP 30 November 2016
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), will kick-off its inaugural HITEC Amsterdam with a pre-conference events program the day prior to the full conference. On 28 March 2017 are the CIO and CFO events, invitation-only round-tables that bring together high-level hospitality CIOs and CFOs from across Europe, for a face-to-face discussion on crucial issues their companies are encountering. Adding to the pre-conference program, HFTP is hosting its successful hospitality technology start-up pitch competition, Entrepreneur 20X (E20X). HITEC Amsterdam is the first of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will be 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre."We are looking to develop HITEC Amsterdam into a must-attend event by drawing professionals from all facets of the European hospitality industry - from the key decision-makers to the creative start-ups trying to break through," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "These additional events build on the core education and expo program, and overall creates an environment for innovative discussion."The CIO and CFO Events are designed to draw c-level executives to discuss the most important issues they are facing in their respective companies and the hospitality industry at large. Participants are invited to an interactive, half-day program, followed by lunch and additional networking events planned for that day.In the afternoon is Entrepreneur 20X a pitch competition specifically for start-ups developing hospitality technology products or services. The participants present five-minute pitches to a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIOs and industry insiders. The winning competitor deemed "most innovative" receives a cash prize, and all participants get an opportunity to exhibit in the HITEC Amsterdam exposition. HFTP hosted the first E20X at HITEC 2015 in Austin, Texas USA. The program was well-received, and was run again at HITEC 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana USA; and Amsterdam will be the competition's third run."We loved the HITEC E20X competition," said David Temple of Hello Scout, winner of the Judges' Choice Award at HITEC 2016 in New Orleans. "It provided us with great exposure and let us get our story in front of lots of people that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to reach. That the judges chose us as the winner was the icing on the cake."Following the pre-conference program is the full-on HITEC Amsterdam event, with two full days of education, an expo and networking party. The HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council has developed a hot-topic program with the latest in hospitality technology, as well as secured two globally known, innovative thinkers for the keynotes. Opening the event is Aleks Krotoski, an award-winning international broadcaster, author and academic who is behind the BBC Radio 4 show The Digital Human and BBC World's The Virtual Revolution. Closing the program is Woody Wade, future scenario planning expert and author.Co-located with HITEC Amsterdam are two additional events brought by HFTP industry allies. The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Region Europe will locate its Revenue Optimization Conference (ROC) with HITEC Amsterdam. Also co-locating is the Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) Insight Summit Europe.In addition to HITEC Amsterdam, in 2017 HFTP is producing the larger HITEC Toronto on 26-29 June and HITEC Dubai in Fall in partnership with Naseba. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 5,200 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HFTP Co-Hosts the 20th Edition of Naseba's Hotel Technology Summit in Dubai

HFTP 18 November 2016
Global hospitality association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) co-hosted Naseba's 20th annual Hotel Technology Summit that took place this week from November 16-17, 2016 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, UAE. HFTP association leaders were in attendance, and participated in the summit's educational program. HFTP Global President Lyle Worthington, CHTP, served as the chairman for this year's Hotel Technology Summit.This year's Hotel Technology Summit introduced more than 150 pre-screened buyers from the Middle East - including: hotel owners, operators and technology consultants - to the best solution providers in a focused 5-star business-to-business environment. During the event, hotel technology leaders presented innovative solutions, relevant case studies and led interactive panel discussions. Additionally, the global technology providers shared insights into the latest hospitality innovations in keynote speeches."HFTP is proud to continue its role in the success of Naseba's Hotel Technology Summit," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "We look forward to extending our lasting relationship with Naseba, and global reach into the Middle Eastern market, at the premier HITEC(r) Dubai in the Fall of next year."Wolfe, a frequent hospitality spokesman, participated again at this year's summit by presenting the summit's introductory remarks, and explaining HFTP's Global Hospitality Accounting Common Practices (GHACP) international educational resource. Worthington and HFTP Immediate Past President Arlene Ramirez, CHAE, CHE, CHIA, MBA, also participated in the summit's program.Worthington acted as the moderator for interactive panel discussions, featuring key decision-makers from leading hotel groups, which focused on smart hospitality solutions to increase profitability in turbulent times. He also officially announced the upcoming HITEC Dubai that HFTP will co-produce with Naseba next Fall. Ramirez explored technology innovations and IT solutions in accounting and financial management in the hospitality industry; she explained how innovation can unlock business growth."As one of our major supporters in the United States, we were thrilled to have HFTP's support as a co-host at this year's Hotel Technology Summit in Dubai," said Nicholas Watson, managing director at Naseba. "We are extremely pleased to be able to combine resources with a global hospitality powerhouse such as HFTP - it is beneficial to both of our markets as well as the industry overall."The summit's format is comprised of research and pre-qualification, advance notice of buyers, panel discussions, keynote presentations, one-on-one meetings, a networking lunch and a product showcase. Last year, HFTP was named the association sponsor for the Hotel Technology Summit where HFTP provided summit attendees with relevant industry reports and articles to promote education within hospitality.For more information about HFTP, please contact HFTP Director of Membership Development & Services Bryan Wood at Bryan.Wood@hftp.org. For more information about the Hotel Technology Summit, please contact Naseba Marketing Manager Ryan Cooper at ryan.cooper@naseba.com.Upcoming next year, HFTP will host its premier HITEC Amsterdam in March 2017 while producing the larger HITEC Toronto in June 2017. HFTP's HITEC Dubai, in partnership with Naseba, will take place in the Fall of next year. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 5,200 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HFTP Sponsored HOSPACE 2016, HOSPA's Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition in London

HFTP 15 November 2016
Global hospitality association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) was pleased to sponsor HOSPACE 2016 in London last week. HFTP association leaders in attendance presented on topics such as user experience design, and received an award for outstanding contribution. HOSPACE took place on November 10, 2016 at the Sofitel London Heathrow hotel in London. The one-day annual conference and exhibition was hosted by Hospitality Finance, Revenue and IT Professionals (HOSPA), the United Kingdom's leading educational organization for professionals involved in financial management, revenue management and IT within the hospitality industry.HOSPACE 2016 enabled international delegates to get an informed and cutting-edge view from a global lineup of inspirational experts - all icons in their own field - about the latest key financial, revenue and IT management issues and developments; as well as the commercial aspects that connect these together to maximize profitability and create value. HFTP representatives participated in the educational program and exhibition at this year's event.HFTP Global President Lyle Worthington, CHTP, spoke about "Designing the User Experience" at the conference. Worthington's workshop presentation explained the art and science behind user experience design, showed examples of why it is important and discussed ways to improve the overall user experience. HFTP COO Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, and HFTP COO Europe Carl Weldon were also onsite at the conference.Weldon received an "Outstanding Contribution" award from HOSPA recognizing his tremendous contributions that have been influential to the association's success in recent years. Weldon served as the Chief Executive at HOSPA for over 10 years before joining HFTP in March. Bringing over 30 years of hospitality experience, primarily from Europe, Weldon is currently a key strategist for HFTP's global expansion."HFTP is proud to congratulate its very own Carl Weldon for receiving an award from HOSPA recognizing his outstanding contribution to the association throughout the years," said HFTP COO Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA. "Serving as HOSPA's chief executive for over 10 years, the award appropriately reflects Carl's exemplary track record and dedication to the hospitality industry. It is a great pleasure to have Carl on the HFTP team, and we look forward to continued growth and success with his assistance."In regard to HFTP's global expansion efforts, the association will host its premier HITEC Amsterdam in March 2017 while producing the larger HITEC Toronto in June 2017. HFTP's HITEC Dubai, in partnership with Naseba, will take place in the Fall of next year. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 5,200 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HFTP Announces Forward-Thinking Keynote Speakers for Premier HITEC Amsterdam in March 2017

HFTP 9 November 2016
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), has secured two globally known, innovative thinkers for the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam. Opening the event is Aleks Krotoski, an award-winning international broadcaster, author and academic who is behind the BBC Radio 4 show The Digital Human and BBC World's The Virtual Revolution. Closing the program is Woody Wade, future scenario planning expert and author. The premiere event is the first of three HITECs planned for 2017, and will be 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre."The HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council has selected the ideal speakers to open and close the program, as their expertise are topics that fuel forward-thinking discussion, something that people come to HITEC for," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "As professionals it is crucial for us to always be thinking how to leverage technology to make our hospitality companies attractive, efficient and secure. Both speakers key into these top priority issues."Krotoski will speak on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 in a presentation called, "A Perspective of Technology within the World Today, and its Impact on Hospitality and Travel and Their Customers." She will explore the wider fundamental changes in technology and the internet today. The presentation will review how these changes will affect the hospitality and travel industries, and all of its customers, imminently and in the future.Krotoski is CEO at Pillowfort Productions, as well as a presenter at BBC Radio based in London. She is also a research associate at the University of Oxford. Krotoski is the author of "Untangling the Web," and is a freelance writer for various publications. She is an Emmy, BAFTA and Radio Academy award-winning academic journalist who writes about and studies psychology and technology.Wade will speak on Thursday, 30 March 2017 in a presentation called "Scenario Generation: Thinking Differently about the Future." The presentation will explore how company leadership can formulate winning strategies to stay competitive in the business terrain now and in the future. Wade will demonstrate to the audience, using a creative yet structured methodology, on why it is important to anticipate potential changes in your future business landscape.Wade is owner and managing director at Wade & Co., as well as the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief at The Hotel Yearbook. He is a world-renowned speaker, writer and facilitator based in Lausanne, Switzerland. As a scenario planning expert he has worked with companies such as Movenpick, Kempinski Philip Morris, UBS, Geneva Centre for Security Policy and a number of national governments to determine policy and future business landscapes. He is also the author of "Scenario Planning: A Field Guide to the Future" and "Hotel Yearbook 2036.""The advisory council, with representatives from eight European countries, had a specific focus for this inaugural event - build a universal hospitality technology program with a European outlook," said HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council Chair Carson Booth, CHTP, vice president of global property technology at Marriott International. "Both Aleks and Woody are well-respected field experts who have in-depth knowledge on regional business practices."In addition to HITEC Amsterdam, in 2017 HFTP is producing the larger HITEC Toronto on 26-29 June and HITEC Dubai in the Fall in partnership with Naseba. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 5,200 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

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