News for the Hospitality Executive
17, 2011) – Participants
attending the annual European conference of the non-profit trade
Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) will benefit from the
experience of top industry experts about planning and deploying a
wide range of technology advances in hospitality.
Topics on the agenda for the event in
Berlin starting 14 November include a keynote about the global travel
well as sessions covering above-property systems, data security and PCI
compliance, open-source software, environmentally friendly hotels,
systems, and more.
As part of an annual event planned by hospitality technologists for hospitality technologists, HTNG’s conferences are renowned for providing unmatched thought-leadership sessions that have brought together the top technology minds in the industry for six consecutive years, and created the largest conference in Europe dedicated to hospitality technology. To expand on this mission and ensure the greatest benefit to the industry, HTNG has this year opened up the event, which was formerly limited to HTNG members, to all hoteliers – members or not (vendors are still required to be members). In addition, the association has significantly reduced the registration fee for hoteliers, to only €100 for the entire two-day conference.
“Hotel technology executives who have attended in past years tell us this is the most valuable hotel technology event in Europe, and we want all of their European peers to have the opportunity to experience it first-hand,” said HTNG’s CEO Douglas Rice. “In addition to a best-in-class conference program, it is an excellent opportunity for hoteliers to learn about many of the ideas that HTNG members are developing to benefit the entire industry, and to learn why large and small hotel groups from around the world are joining our cooperative efforts to advance the state of technology in our industry.” Hoteliers can also view many of the latest technologies from leading vendors in the conference exhibition area. “We are extremely pleased to see the caliber and numbers of hoteliers who have already registered for this year’s event,” said Rice, who noted that this included 25 of the top global and regional IT executives from the region’s best known hotel brands, as well as numerous corporate distribution and technical leaders, IT managers at major hotels, and others.
The conference is the main event within a full week of HTNG meetings. Immediately preceding this year’s conference will be the third annual Hotel IT Directors’ Roundtable. This exclusive collaborative event is available at no charge to qualified hotel IT executives, who share experiences and perspectives on the greatest challenges facing their hotel IT teams. The Hotel IT Directors’ Roundtable convenes on Monday 14 November at noon, just prior to the HTNG European Conference. The main conference starts with a Monday evening welcome reception and continues with general sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, 15-16 November. The HTNG Infrastructure & Device Forum, where working groups of members collaborate to implement many solutions to the industry’s technology challenges, will meet on Thursday and Friday.
The agenda for the main conference includes sessions from some of the leading technology names in the hotel community, technology vendor community and industry associations. These distinguished experts and some of their unique sessions include:
In all, the meeting will provide hotel technology experts with leading-edge knowledge on technology best practices, improving the guest experience through faster and more robust deployment of technology, and a better understanding of gains to be made by upcoming enhancements in hospitality technology. For more details about the meeting, specifics on the sessions, the Hotel IT Director Roundtable, or registration for any of the week’s events, visit http://www.htng.org/europe.
About Hotel Technology Next Generation
The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, non-profit organisation with members from hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, and other industry members including consultants, media, and academic experts. HTNG’s members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards. Where necessary, it also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.
Membership in HTNG is open to hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, academics, press and others. Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including most of the world’s leading hotel companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG’s Board of Directors alone represents more than 2.3 million guest rooms. Workgroup proceedings, drafts, and specifications are published for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. Specifications are released to the public domain as they are ratified by the workgroup. For more information, visit www.htng.org
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