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Advisory Council Named for the 2008 European Hospitality Technology Educational Conference -
February 10-12, 2008 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 11, 2007) – After a successful inaugural conference in February 2007, the 2008 European Hospitality Technology Educational Conference (EHTEC) Advisory Council is busy designing a conference that covers relevant technology topics for the European hospitality industry. The conference, produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), will be February 10-12, 2008 at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

"Conferences like EHTEC help you build an industry network, which is already 50 percent of the journey to success," said Marco Bartelsman, I.T. director for the Park Plaza Hotels Europe and an attendee at the inaugural EHTEC. "I definitely look forward to the next EHTEC."

The boutique conference will offer two full days of focused technology education and excellent networking opportunities with European hospitality professionals. Online registration is now available on

“The EHTEC Advisory Council consists of a wide variety of hospitality professionals that are knowledgeable on the industry in Europe,” said Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP. “Their collective knowledge will provide useful and interesting education sessions that will focus on the most pressing challenges facing hospitality technology in Europe.” 

The EHTEC 2008 Advisory Council, a group of global hospitality experts, includes: 

  • Oliver Bernet, SVP Information Technology and CIO for Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts 
  • Floor Bleeker, group director of IT for Jumeirah Group 
  • Carson Booth, VP of IT in Europe, Africa, Middle East for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. 
  • Howard Field, FCA, FBHA, director for Hotel Investment Advisors LTD 
  • Michael Levie , partner and CEO of citizinM 
  • Ian Millar, CHTP, lecturer at Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne 
  • Peter O'Connor, PhD, professor at IMHI - ESSEC Business School 
  • Henri Roelings, founder and CEO of Hsyndicate 
  • Jules Sieburgh, CHTP, hospitality consultant with O'Neal Consulting 
  • Wibecke Vinke, SVP of IT for Kempinski Hotel SA 
  • Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP 
  • Derek Wood, managing director of Derek Wood Associates LTD
EHTEC premiered February 18-20, 2007 at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The education program included speakers such as Michael Levie, partner and CEO of citizinM, and Keith Gruen, founder of Fidelio Property Management Systems (PMS). HFTP, which produces EHTEC, also produces HITEC — Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference — the world's largest hospitality technology show of its kind. 

HFTP is offering a very limited number of EHTEC sponsorships. Please contact Laura Renfro, HFTP marketing account manager, at 001 (512) 249-5333 ext. 25 or for further details about these opportunities.

For more information about EHTEC, visit or Contact Irma Sutherland, HFTP meetings and events manager, at or by phone: U.S. - (800) 646-4387 or 001 (512) 249-5333 ext. 31.; Europe - 44 808 234 6808 or 0808 234 6808 (toll free within the UK).

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


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

Also See: HFTP Appoints Advisory Council for the First European Hospitality Technology Education Conference / October 2006


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