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The GUESTROOM 2010 Task Force is Seeking New and Upcoming
Technologies for the 2008 Version of GUESTROOM 2010


AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (January 22, 2008) – Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and the GUESTROOM 2010 Task Force, a group of hospitality technology leaders and experts, are conducting a comprehensive global search for the hospitality industry’s most innovative technologies to be exhibited in GUESTROOM 2010. The 2008 version of GUESTROOM 2010, a model guestroom of the future featuring some of the latest and near-future technologies for the modern hotel room, will be unveiled at the 2008 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) and will be on display at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas June 16-19. 

“Since its inception in 2006, GUESTROOM 2010 has become an important reference for cutting-edge and future technology in the hospitality industry,” said Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP CEO. “With their combined experience, the GUESTROOM 2010 Task Force is highly qualified to uphold GUESTROOM 2010’s reputation by providing innovative and exciting technologies for the 2008 version of GUESTROOM 2010.”

The 2008 GUESTROOM 2010 Task Force includes:

• Carol Campbell Beggs, CHTP, chair, VP of technology for Sonesta International Hotels Corp
• Jules Sieburgh, CHTP, hospitality consultant for O’Neal Consultants
• Brenda Burke, CHTP, director of hotel technology for Hilton Hotel Corp
• Scot Campbell, vice president of business solutions for MGM Mirage’s CityCenter
• Brian Garavuso, CHTP, CIO of Hilton Grand Vacations Company
• Steve Murphy, MBA, VP and CIO of The Cosmopolitan Resort & Casino
• Richard Siegel, president and publisher of Hospitality Upgrade Magazine
• David Sjolander, CHTP, VP of hotel information systems for Carlson Hospitality Corporation
In order to design the 2008 model, the Task Force is seeking new and upcoming technologies for the hotel guestroom. Potential technologies include, but are not limited to, traditional technologies like next-generation televisions, non-traditional technologies like lighting and green technologies like energy-saving devices. Previous versions of GUESTROOM 2010 have included technologies such as a coffeemaker that predicts the weather, recycled carpet made from corn-based polymers, a bed without a mattress and a window that is an art gallery. 

Hospitality technology suppliers, consumer technology companies, inventors and others who have a technology product that should be considered for display must apply by Friday, March 28. You do not have to be a member of HFTP or a current HITEC 2008 exhibitor to participate. Submissions will be considered and carefully chosen by the GUESTROOM 2010 Task Force. 

The GUESTROOM 2010 Technology Application Form is now available on www.guestroom2010.org. All submissions and supporting documentation are due by Friday, March 28, 2008. 

If you have any questions about GUESTROOM 2010, e-mail GUESTROOM2010@hftp.org or call (800) 646-4387 or 001 (512) 249-5333 x20.

About GUESTROOM 2010
GUESTROOM 2010’s popularity includes world-wide attention, like invitations to exhibit and publications mentioning the room. This attention has prompted professionals in various industries to talk about new and upcoming technologies in the hospitality industry. The exhibit has been on display at HITEC and the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show (IH/M&RS) in 2006 and 2007. It was also on display at the 2007 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) & The Center Annual Meeting & Exposition. After many requests to show GUESTROOM 2010, HFTP created a portable presentation detailing the room’s technologies that can easily travel to the global hospitality community. The portable presentation has been shown in North America, Europe and Asia.

About HFTP
HFTP, Austin, Texas, USA and Maastricht, The Netherlands, founded in 1952, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs and other hospitality-related businesses. HFTP provides first class educational opportunities, research, and publications to more than 4,700 members globally including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC — founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology — the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. For more information, visit www.hftp.org. 
 

 

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Contact:

Katy Walterscheidt
Communications Specialist
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals
11709 Boulder Lane, Ste. 110
Austin, TX 78726-1832
Phone: 001 (512) 249-5333 (Extension 27)
www.hftp.org

 

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Also See: Approximately 36 Companies Selected to Provide Technologies for HITEC's Guestroom 2010; Some Technologies Not Included Because they Lacked a Working Model / May 2006
Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) Selects 21 Companies to Participate in Designing the Future of Hotel Guest Room Technology / October 2004
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