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 Kjell Olsson to be Honored as 2009 CHTP of the Year at HITEC

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (May 12, 2009) – Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) will honor Kjell Olsson, CHTP, as the 2009 CHTP (Certified Hospitality Technology Professional) of the Year during the Opening Session of the 2009 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) on Monday, June 22. In its 12th year, the CHTP of the Year honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHTP certification exam in a given year. HITEC 2009 is June 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Olsson is area director of IT for WHM, LLC which is the management company for LXR Luxury Resorts. Based at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel and Spa, he has held various positions at the hotel since 1992, working his way up from night audit clerk. He currently is responsible for IT of several WHM, LLC properties in the Florida area. 

Olsson has been a member of HFTP since 1997 when his Director of Finance encouraged him to further his finance and IT knowledge by attending HFTP conferences like the Annual Convention & Tradeshow and HITEC. Since then he’s also become active with his local chapter, HFTP Mid-Florida.

Developed jointly by HFTP and the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel & 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. Since then, more than 250 professionals have earned the CHTP designation around the world. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE).

HITEC, produced by HFTP, is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference. The conference is June 22-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. It offers attendees a one-stop shop for essential education, access to experts and hospitality technology vendors, networking with top leaders in the industry and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines.

Visit www.hitec.org for complete information about all conference and exhibition events, including a full conference schedule, Buyer's Guide, a map of the exhibit hall and the most current HITEC news. For more information, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at attendee@hftp.org, (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 http://www.hftp.org/.

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Katy Walterscheidt | Media/Public Relations Specialist
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
11709 Boulder Ln, Ste 110
Austin, TX USA 78726-1832
Ph: +1 (512) 249-5333 | (800) 646-4387 (US) x27
Fx: +1 (512) 249-1533
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