HITEC 2007 Set for Orlando, Florida on June 25-28, 2007
|AUSTIN, TX; June 27, 2006 - Thousands of hospitality professionals
arrived at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference
(HITEC®) with intentions to invest in new technology. HITEC 2006, produced
by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) was held
at the Minneapolis Convention Center and featured more than 600 booths
with 4,700 attendees. This year's succes was illustrated by the record-breaking
500 booths reserved for next year by the end of the show.
A popular feature at HITEC was HFTP-produced, GUESTROOM 2010, a glimpse of the modern hotel room, showcasing technologies with pizzazz, like artwork that matches the guest's mood, to the practical, like a self-cleaning shower. The always-packed display featured 56 technologies, 38 displayed in GUESTROOM 2010 and 18 displayed in a surrounding pavilion.
"As with previous years, HITEC 2006 proved to be a valuable marketing event for PrinterOn," said John Heldur Kaarid, director of business development for PrinterOn Corporation, a HITEC 2006 exhibitor. "HITEC provides an excellent opportunity for us to not only develop relationships with qualified new customers and partners, but also get valuable face-to-face time with our existing ones."
Exhibitors use HITEC as a place for product launches, with many HITEC 2006 vendors announcing new products and alliances. The HITEC exhibit hall featured the most current in hospitality products and services for audio/visual, energy management and conservation, Internet, information processing, security, fire safety and telecommunications. Companies offered wireless services, in-room movies, reservation systems, self check-in and check-out devices, call center services, guest room telephones and much more. Many of the exhibitors were very happy with the traffic in the hall, the quality of the attendees, as well as the overall show.
"After exhibiting at HITEC for four consecutive years with great success, we decided to increase our presence to a 20 x 20 booth from our usual 10 x 10," said Voula Monos, marketing manager for ResortSuite, a HITEC 2006 exhibitor. "This year's show proved to be our most successful to date. The quality of attendees and the opportunity to interact with the industry's leaders surpasses that of any other industry events. HITEC is a must for anyone remotely involved in hospitality technology."
"As a first time HITEC exhibitor in 2006, Torex Hospitality achieved its objective of establishing a wide-range of initial business opportunities for the hotel division's enterprise product lines," said Greg Spicer, managing director of the Hotel Division for Torex Hospitality.
"As a new company, we found this year's HITEC to be a great venue to launch our intelliChaise personal ordering system, and to connect personally with hospitality technology executives and industry leaders," said Jeff Krevitt, president of Tiare Technology.
Already over 70 percent of the exhibit hall is sold for next year's show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. USA on June 25-28.
This year's education conference offered over 38 sessions on the hot issues in hospitality technology. Some of the session topics included: VoIP, managing disaster, future-proofing guest and meeting rooms, distribution, hotel technology outside of North America, CRM, Kiosks, and many more.
Tuesday morning featured the HITEC Awards ceremony, where three technology leaders were honored. First, CHTP of the Year Doug McCurdy, was presented a plaque to commemorate his achievement. McCurdy, regional IT director for the Four Seasons Resort in Maui, HI, earned the honor by scoring the highest score for the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) exam within a set period.
Next, two technology pioneers, both well-respected hospitality technology consultants, were selected for induction into the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame. John Burns, CHA, ISHC, and Jon Inge, CHTP, ISHC, were chosen for their generous approach to sharing their experience and knowledge, not only through their consulting businesses, but also via conference presentations, articles and participation in industry committees and councils.
For those who were not able to attend HITEC 2006, visit www.hitec.org to review information on HITEC 2006 exhibitors, pictures, and information on the technology featured in GUESTROOM 2010. If you didn't make it this year, start making plans to attend next year's HITEC in Orlando, Fla. USA at the Orange County Convention Center on June 25-28, 2007.
About HFTP - Based in Austin, Texas, HFTP is the professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, resorts, clubs, casinos, restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses. The association provides continuing education and networking opportunities to more than 4,600 members around the world, and produces the premiere hospitality technology shows HITEC. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952 as the National Association of Hotel Accountants.
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Eliza R. Selig
|Also See:||HITEC 2005 Has a 10% Attendance Increase from Previous Year; Already 75% of the Exhibit Hall is Sold Out for Next Year's Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center / July 2005|
|HITEC 2004 Draws 600 Booths and 4,500 Attendees; HITEC 2005 Set for Los Angeles Convention Center June 20-23, 2005 / June 2004|
|HITEC 2003 Draws 4,500 Attendees to New Orleans; Dallas Site for HITEC 2004 / June 2003|