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HFTP and HSMAI Announce New Date for HITEC and ROC San Antonio

In light of the worldwide uncertainty stemming from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the North American Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) has been rescheduled to October 26-29, 2020. In addition, the co-located HSMAI ROC Americas will take place October 26-27. Produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), the 48-year hospitality technology event is traditionally held annually in June. At this time, HFTP has determined to take a proactive approach by rescheduling for later this year to allow time for group gatherings to be safe once-again; as well as, give attendees and the hospitality businesses they represent some space to focus and strategize on their economic recovery.

HFTP to assist postponed HITEC Europe Exhibitors

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), the producers of HITEC®, announced today that exhibitors and sponsors who were confirmed to participate in HITEC Europe 2020 will be offered a complimentary branding package for HITEC North America, scheduled for 15-18 June 2020, San Antonio, Texas, USA. HFTP is also in the process of refunding booth fees and sponsorships paid to HFTP. The Europe event, which has been postponed in response to the global uncertainty related to the Novel Coronavirus and its impact on the hospitality industry. was planned for Mallorca, Spain 21-23 April is Europe's premier hospitality technology event.

HFTP Postpones HITEC Europe 2020

Austin, Texas USA - Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), the producers of HITEC®, has postponed HITEC Europe 2020 in response to the global uncertainty related to the Novel Coronavirus and its immediate impact on the hospitality industry. This decision was made following careful consideration for the health and well-being of attendees. HITEC Europe, produced in cooperation with HTNG, was originally planned to take place April 21-23, 2020 in Palma, Mallorca, Spain as Europe's premier hospitality technology event.

The 2020 Hospitality Upgrade Executive Vendor Summit to Feature Office Politics Guru and Author Pete Havel

Attendees at Hospitality Upgrade Magazine's 16th Annual Executive Vendor Summit (EVS) will be treated to an insightful and entertaining keynote presentation by workplace culture authority Peter Havel. His presentation, "The Arsonist in the Office," will talk about tools and tactics employers and employees can use to protect themselves and their organizations against toxic people and cultures that destroy careers, morale, productivity, reputations and financial success.

Applications Now Open for Positions on the 2020-2021 HFTP Global Board and Executive Committee

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is calling hospitality professionals who are innovative, strategic thinkers to join the association's top leadership. The application process to participate is open for director positions on the HFTP Global Board and the secretary on the HFTP Global Executive Committee. These two bodies represent the highest volunteer positions at the association, advising on the strategic direction of HFTP. The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2020.

Leading Club-focused Associations — HFTP and NCA — Partner to Share Resources

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and the National Club Association (NCA) are joining forces this year to contribute each association's specialty resources to their memberships and club industry at large. The two organizations will participate in each other's 2020 educational events and collaborate on a club cybersecurity guide.

HFTP's HITEC Expanding to Asia

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) announce the inaugural HITEC® Asia to take place December 8-10, 2020 in Macau, SAR, China. The two international, nonprofit associations are the sole organizations that bring hospitality professionals together for education, networking, best practices, innovation and exclusive marketplaces.

Winners of Hospitality Student Webinar Competition Announced, Presented by the HFTP Foundation and the University of Houston

Capturing the Chinese tourism market is the topic of the winning webinar in a competition for graduate-level students completing a masters certificate at the Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston (UH). The competition was sponsored by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) Foundation and held for students earning their HFTP-UH Global Masters Certificate, a program for candidates of the Master of Science in Global Hospitality Business, a partnership between the University of Houston, the School of Hotel and Tourism Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne. The top webinar was titled "Top Strategies to Attract Outbound Chinese Travelers," and was produced by students Nieves Carbon, Yichun Fan, Yilei Sheng, Luc Espaillard.

HITEC San Antonio Announces Best Selling Socialnomics Author Erik Qualman as Opening Keynote

Digital leadership speaker and author Erik Qualman will initiate a technology-focused week as the Opening Keynote speaker for the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) in San Antonio, Texas USA. Qualman has performed in over 50 countries and reached 25 million people this decade. He will present his observations on digital trends and transformation to the 6,000 plus attendees expected at the 2020 event, which offers a high-quality education program and exhibition focusing on the latest in hospitality technology.

HFTP and HSMAI Release Special Report, “Bringing Together Hospitality CMOs and CTOs”

This past year, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) organized two gatherings of hospitality technology and marketing executives for an open discussion on the roles each group occupies within their organizations and how their responsibilities intersect. Resulting from these meetings is the just-released report: "Bringing Together Hospitality CMOs and CTOs: Takeaways From European and North American ThinkTanks on the Strategic Integration of Marketing and Technology."

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