|BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, 16 March 2009 - The Spring Meeting of
HEDNA, the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association, will explore
how mobile technologies are changing the face of hotel distribution. The
meeting will be held 28-30 April 2009 at the Novotel Budapest Congress
& World Trade Center in Budapest, Hungary.
|HEDNA is an international association focused on identifying distribution
opportunities and providing solutions for the lodging industry and its
distribution community. HEDNA is able to meet its objectives through:
* Optimizing the use of current and emerging technologies
* Influencing development of current and emerging electronic distribution
* Providing an opportunity for an open exchange of information among
* Educating industry members
HEDNA is a not-for-profit trade association whose worldwide membership
includes executives and managers from the most influential companies in
the hotel distribution industry. Founded in 1991, all of HEDNA´s
activities are intended to stimulate the booking of hotel rooms through
the use of Global Distribution Systems (GDSs), the Internet and other electronic
means. HEDNA brings all segments of the hotel industry together to evolve
systems and services into electronic distribution that is easy and efficient.
More often customers are relying on their mobile devices to receive
and send on the spot travel information, creating unique challenges for
the distribution industry. Gerry Samuels, founder and executive director
of Mobile Travel Technologies, will speak about the current trends in mobile
technologies and how they impact electronic distribution. Samuels will
also lead a panel discussion on this key subject.
Other highlights of the meeting include:
Daniel Levine, executive director of The Avant-Guide Institute, on "Turning
Economic Challenges into Profitable Opportunities: How hotels can thrive
in a weakening global economy."
Andrew Flack, vice president of sales and marketing, Asia Pacific, Hilton
Hotels on capitalizing on the trends within emerging markets.
Panels on greening initiatives, corporate booking tools, tour packaging,
social networking and social media, and user-generated content.
Workgroup sessions with the key GDS and OTA providers. Expedia, Pegasus
Solutions, Sabre and Travelport GDS, in addition to other large distribution
companies, will participate in the Budapest sessions. These workgroups
give attendees direct access to senior managers at these relevant distribution
companies and the opportunity for these companies to hear directly from
a collective supplier base.
HEDNA's Committee Meetings - Group, Tour, Green Initiatives, Payment Systems,
Standards and Unique Global Identifier -- offer members the opportunity
to have direct input into hotel distribution developments.
HEDNA's Tech Showcase offers attendees the chance to see the newest products
and services for the hotel distribution industry.
To view the complete agenda, visit http://www.hedna.org/networking/budapest2009.cfm
Early Bird registration - at a reduced fee -- is now available and runs
through 3 April.
Complimentary press registration is available to working press only.
To register, please contact Chanale Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA) is a
not-for-profit trade association whose worldwide membership includes executives
and managers from over 200 of the most influential companies in the hotel
distribution industry. Founded in 1991, all of HEDNA's activities are intended
to stimulate the booking of hotel rooms through the use of GDS, the Internet
and other electronic means. HEDNA brings all segments of the hotel industry
together to evolve systems and services into electronic distribution that
is easy and efficient. Additional information on HEDNA is available by
calling +1 202-204-8400 or by visiting www.hedna.org.