HITEC Closing Session Features Insight from
Hospitality Technology Experts and Suppliers
AUSTIN, TEXAS (June 7, 2007) – The 2007 Hospitality Industry Technology
Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) will cap off with a can't-miss closing
session, offering insight on the state of technology solutions, as well
as the announcement of the brand new HITEC FAVE award winners. The closing
session “2007 I.T. Challenges: Suppliers Respond,” June 28 at the Orange
County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will bring together top hospitality
technology experts and suppliers for a candid panel discussion. The announcement
of the HITEC FAVE results will reveal the favorite HITEC booth designs
and top-five technology solutions of the 2007 HITEC attendees, which were
voted on during HITEC.
The highly-interactive closing session discussion will focus on the
industry's I.T. challenges for 2007 and critique promising technologies.
Panelists will discuss how product development addresses challenges faced
by hospitality technology professionals. Scheduled panelists include:
The HITEC FAVE Awards
program is brand new, and was devised in response to focus groups and
surveys indicating that attendees would like to give exhibitors an added
incentive to promote their technologies and exhibits, while enhancing the
sense of excitement and competition at the show. Booth award categories
include Favorite Island Booth, Favorite In-line Booth and Favorite Exhibitor
Giveaway. In addition, attendees will vote for their top five favorite
technologies or solutions exhibited at HITEC.
Co-moderator Scot Campbell, vice president of business solutions for MGM
Mirage’s City Center
Co-moderator Richard Siegel, president and publisher of Hospitality Upgrade
magazine, a member of the 2006 – 2007 HITEC Advisory Council and an inductee
to the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame
Sandra Andrews, hospitality industry solutions director for Microsoft
Tom Giannopoulos, chairman, president and CEO of MICROS Systems Inc.
Sean O’Neill, CEO for Newmarket International
Nicholas Price, CIO and CTO at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group Ltd.
Terry L. Price, CHAE, CHTP, CPA, executive I.T. manager at The Grove Park
Inn Resort & Spa, a member of the 2006 – 2007 HITEC Advisory Council
and HFTP International secretary
Michael Schubach, CHTP, vice president of I.T. for Pinehurst Resort
David Sjolander, CHTP, vice president of hotel information systems for
Carlson Hospitality Corp. and a member of the 2006 – 2007 HITEC Advisory
Tina Stehle, vice president and general manager for Agilysys, Inc.
"The Favorite Solutions Awards are very important because they highlight
the five technologies or solutions that stand out among a large group,
singling out the ones attendees feel will have the greatest impact on the
industry," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP CEO and executive vice president.
"The HITEC FAVE Awards will bring a new level of excitement to the show
and will encourage greater interaction between attendees and exhibitors,
who will be challenged to be noticed."
Attendees will note their favorites as they explore the exhibit hall
and cast their votes electronically at voting stations located at the HITEC
Cybernet Center; HFTP booth, located next to GUESTROOM 2010; and at the
entrance to the exhibit hall. Those who cast FAVE votes will be automatically
entered in a drawing to win a 26” Philips LCD High Definition TV, which
will be shipped to the winner after HITEC. Winners will receive industry-wide
promotion as a HITEC FAVE Award recipient and will be listed on the HITEC
web site throughout the year.
For more information about the Closing Session, FAVE Awards or about
attending HITEC, send inquiries to email@example.com,
call (800) 646-4387 or 001 (512) 249-5333 or visit HITEC.org.
HITEC, produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals
(HFTP®), is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and
conference. The 2007 event will be June 25-26 at the Orange County Convention
Center in Orlando, Fla. It offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality
technology education, led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled
trade show showcasing the latest hospitality technology products and services
from over 300 companies. The trade show will feature the brand new Club
Technology Pavilion, brand new FAVE Awards and GUESTROOM 2010, which is
returning to HITEC for a second run.
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 4,600 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,