Five Advantages to Attending a Virtual Conference

The year 2020 saw a rapid shift of networking conferences, concerts, award shows, trade shows and association gatherings from in-person to online, and HFTP-produced events are no exception. The North American edition of HITEC (Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference) has pivoted from an in-person to a virtual program, the…

The HITEC Legacy Continues in 2020 with The Best of HFTP, Centered on Health and Safety

Event-planning in the midst of a global pandemic is no easy task, and while it may be difficult to imagine at this very moment, a foray back into face-to-face meetings and conferences is inevitable. It is just a matter of when. When planning its 48th annual HITEC North America, HFTP…

Destination Unknowable — The Next Five Years of Business and Technology Disruptions

A highlight to HITEC® Europe‘s 2019 education program is the forward-looking keynote presentation by award-winning futurist Rohit Talwar. Talwar is an entrepreneur and specialist advisor on business transformation, disruptive strategies and radical innovation. Profiled as one the top 10 global future thinkers by the Independent newspaper, his controversial and inspiring keynote speeches enable…

Meet Minneapolis: Travel to the Twin Cities this Summer for HITEC 2019

We all know that travel can be a real hassle. So, what about a trip makes it worth packing up your suitcase, saying goodbye to your family for the next few days, fighting the airport and staying in a strange city? To sum it up succinctly: It is all about the…

E20X Amsterdam Judge’s Award Winner KITRO Designed Innovative Solution to Combat Food Waste

It takes a truly cutting-edge business concept from a startup to best the competition and take home the coveted Judge’s Award at Entrepreneur 20X (E20X). During E20X Amsterdam in April 2018, that kind of groundbreaking concept was presented by KITRO — a startup company that designed a digital device to…

How to Connect in an Over-Distracted World (And Other Lessons from Leaders in Human Behavior)

Leaders face a mounting challenge in today’s increasingly technological world. People have a host of distracting devices now available at their fingertips. According to research compiled by the HFTP Americas Research Center, Americans check their phone on average once every 12 minutes. Conversations are consistently interrupted by cell phone pings or instant email…

A Few of My Favorite (HITEC) Things

Written By: James Lingle, an official guest blogger for HITEC Houston 2018 It is hard to believe that HITEC is over. If you had the chance to read my pre-HITEC blog, you might recall that I was fretting about being ready for HITEC. Now that it is over, I cannot…

HITEC Houston Exhibit Hall

Insight on HFTP’s Largest HITEC in History – Content and Reporting from HITEC Houston

Last week HFTP hosted the largest HITEC in the event’s 46-year history. Taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas USA, the over 6,650 attendees had access to four days of industry-specific education in a variety of formats, an exhibit hall featuring over 380 companies, and…

Club & Hotel Controllers Conference 2018: Count me in for 2019!

Written By: Laura Resco, official event guest blogger for the HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference 2018 The Club & Hotel Controllers Conference was my first HFTP event, and I can assure you, it will not be my last! Each person involved in it went above and beyond to make…

Being a Service Critic is in my DNA

By Jennifer Jones, HITEC 2018 Guest Blogger Being in the hospitality industry, we are a little more critical than the rest of the population when we experience issues as a guest at a hotel. At the same time, I believe we can also be exceedingly complimentary when our guest experience…