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Michael Gray, Caterer & Hotelkeeper's UK Hotelier of the Year, to Speak at EHTEC;
Will Address Dynamic Between Hoteliers and Hspitality IT Companies
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AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (January 21, 2009) Michael Gray, general manager of the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill, is scheduled to speak Tuesday 3 February during a featured session at the 2009 European Hospitality Technology Educational Conference (EHTEC). With over 40 years of industry experience, Gray was named the 2007 UK Hotelier of the Year by Caterer & Hotelkeeper magazine and recently oversaw a major restoration to the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill. A service of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), EHTEC 2009 is from 24 February 2009 at the Amsterdam Hilton in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Registration is available online.

Gray's session "What Hoteliers Really Want From Hospitality IT Companies" addresses the critical dynamic between hoteliers and hospitality IT companies. The session covers the importance of good communication, defining each party's role, common frustrations for hoteliers and more. 

"Mr. Gray's industry experience is incomparable, with a resounding understanding of what defines a good relationship between hoteliers and hospitality IT companies," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP. "His insight to achieving effective results from IT projects through planning and communication is a major asset for EHTEC attendees."

Gray has worked in the hospitality industry since 1968. He has been general manager at the Hyatt Regency London The Churchill since 2004 and oversaw the hotel's renovation to restore its original character. He previously was General Manager for the Hyatt Carlton Tower in London and operated Hyatt hotels in Australia and Singapore. He was named the 2007 Hotelier of the Year for his outstanding dedication to staff development, industry support and his hands-on approach to managing hotels. 

EHTEC offers two days of focused technology education and various networking opportunities with peers and suppliers. The EHTEC Advisory Council, a group of global hospitality experts, designed a programme that addresses tough technology issues prominent in Europe. Important topics addressed include environmental responsibility, short range wireless networks, understanding the Millennial Generation, optimizing hospitality business processes and more.

Visit www.ehtec.eu for online registration, full conference schedule, special discounts on hotel and more. For more information about EHTEC 2009, send inquiries to education@hftp.org, call (800) 646-4387 or +1 (512) 249-5333.

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 4,800 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 and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
11709 Boulder Lane, Ste. 110 | Austin, TX USA 78726-1832
Ph: +1 (512) 249-5333
www.hftp.org

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