Tech Trends of 2020: Where Innovation Lies

Facial recognition. Robotics process automation (RPA). Voice assistance. As technology becomes the cornerstone for the way we do business and a key driver for the guest experience, we have all become relatively familiar with tech terms like these — but…

The Threat of IoT Spies: Real or Imagined?

Written by: Sam Chester What is considered to be the first-ever “smart” device (a toaster that could be turned on and off via the Internet) was invented nearly 30 years ago in 1990. By 2008, the number of smart devices…

Omnichannel Surveys: The Next Step In Collecting Critical Customer Feedback

Written by: Jaime Bailey Back in 2013, Walker Insights made the bold prediction that by 2020 customer experience would overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator. Now, with 2020 literally weeks away, are they right? Further, how can you…

Attendees to the 2019 Club Forum

HFTP 2019 Club Forum — Security, Integration and System Selection

Central to the function of all businesses – whatever their purpose may be – is technology. And so, HFTP recently held its annual Club Forum with the main topic of club technology. The HFTP Club Forum is a one-day program…

Anticipating Guests’ Needs Using 3-D Location Technology

Written by: Manlio Allegra  Like many industries upended by new technologies in recent years, the hotel industry is feeling the pain of house-sharing websites, with the largest threat coming from Airbnb. According to recent research conducted by Florida State University,…

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…

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…

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…

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 Series of Must-Read Articles on Cybersecurity Produced by the HFTP Research Centers

Data security remains a pressing concern and top priority for the hospitality industry. The HFTP Research Centers are dedicated to producing findings that can significantly aid hospitality businesses in their efforts to protect their guests’ privacy and personal information against…