Is NFT the Next Big Thing in Hospitality? A Perspective from the Dubai Research Center

Written by: Rochak Khandelwal In the last two years — especially in 2021 — we all have come across this acronym “NFT” that everyone has been talking about, and how these NFTs are being sold for millions of dollars. Many…

Read Between the (Wine) Lines

Written by: Joanne Sieljes During the last decade, wine has become increasingly popular in the United States. Online wine retailers have made drinking wine become more accessible and affordable regardless of where consumers reside. Additionally, wine makers in the United…

Does ‘Smart City’ Mean ‘Smart Hotels’?

Smart city foundations—digitization, new technologies (Blockchain, AI, and Internet of Things) and corresponding data—seem to be on everybody’s mind in Dubai, with countless tech events hosted daily around the city.

Addressing the Plastic Crisis through Crypto Anchors & Blockchain Technology

The Plastic Crisis: Out of Sight, Out of Mind From automated daily digests to dinner table conversations, the omnipresence of the Covid-19 pandemic has successfully managed to overshadow other – yet no less important – global challenges. In 2019, plastic…

The Future of F&B: Industry 4.0’s Impact in the Luxury Hotel Segment

Written by: Varun Khanna, research scholar In this blog, the HFTP Middle East Research Center examines the essence of Industry 4.0 and how it is expected to impact the food and beverage (F&B) sector, and also identifies potential barriers to the adoption…

The Right to Privacy and How to Protect It

Written by: Paul West From Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to prioritizing data protection, privacy and security — each of my sessions taking place at the HFTP 2019 Annual Convention this October will present the opportunity to get a straight…

For Everything, There is a Season

By James Lingle, HITEC Houston Guest Blogger I had to make a choice this morning. I had to choose between two sessions that I wanted to attend that were happening at the same time. Both were interesting, but until I…

Will Blockchain Technology put Airbnb, Expedia and Priceline Out of Business?

Last month at HITEC Toronto, it would seem that HFTP put Blockchain Technology (BT) right in the middle of hospitality’s radar. After some well-received education sessions and an announcement by HFTP that an industry taskforce on the subject was being…