There Is Still Time to Plan for Your HITEC Experience

Written by: Artak Gevorgian, CHAE, MBA — Official HITEC® Minneapolis 2019 Guest Blogger I have participated as an official event guest blogger for HFTP twice before — at both the 2017 and 2018 HFTP Annual Convention. I heard all about HITEC in the corridors there, during the breaks while convention attendees talked amongst…

My Credit Card Did Not Think This Was Too Funny

Written by: Jennifer Jones — Official HITEC® Minneapolis 2019 Guest Blogger As a continuing trend at HITEC again this year, I find myself still infatuated with finding the most secure, well-integrated, user-friendly, aesthetically pleasing ability to chip credit cards with your PMS and POS. I know there are solutions out there —…

My First HITEC: Insights from a First-Time Attendee

Written by: Inga Hjartardottir The  2019 European Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC® Europe for short) took place in Palma on the sunny island of Mallorca last month. I was attending for the first time and I must say — what a great event. I have already set the…

E20X Europe 2019 Award Winner Tackles Genuine Industry Problem and Solves It

AN INTERVIEW WITH HANNU VAHOKOSKI, HOTELWAY CEO Meet Sam. Sam is a bright, AI-based chat bot designed by Finnish hospitality startup company Hotelway. Hotelway provides professional management of customer engagement for hotels. What can Sam do? In addition to answering general questions and providing automated customer service, Sam is a great tool…

Mallorca, Spain Was Exemplary Host for International Conference, HITEC Europe 2019

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE HITEC® EUROPE ADVISORY COUNCIL CHAIR Hundreds of hospitality professionals from all across Europe and beyond convened in the beautiful Spanish island city of Palma, Mallorca, Spain for HITEC Europe 2019. Produced by HFTP, HITEC Europe 2019 was an overwhelming success. It was held April 9–11, 2019…

Personalizing the Guest Experience While Protecting their Privacy — A HITEC Europe Preview

As competition intensifies and technology evolves, the hospitality industry must rise to meet the latest expectations of all traveling demographics — and that now includes a customized guest experience. The modern traveler has come to expect a certain level of personalization that saves them both time and energy while also…

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…

Destination HITEC: All about Mallorca, the Picture-Perfect Locale of HITEC Europe 2019

Azure waters. Limestone mountains. Historic villages. These are just a few choice phrases to describe the location of HITEC® Europe 2019 — where business and leisure will collide in the best possible way for hospitality finance and technology professionals this spring. In just a few short months, HITEC Europe attendees will attain…

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…