Understand the Present, Celebrate the Future of Hospitality at HITEC

One of the most compelling aspects of attending the world’s largest and oldest hospitality technology event brand are the brilliant minds who present the education program. These established industry experts are sharing their knowledge on an array of topics important to hospitality finance and technology professionals: from data security to operating investments,…

Letter from the HFTP Global President: A Look at the Past Six Months

Written by: Michael Levie, CHTP Dear HFTP colleagues, In just a few short months, our world has changed from a strong and steady economy, solid revenues and overall happiness to great concerns for our health and well-being, a deep recession and overall nervousness. Most of us were first in disbelief…

First HFTP Europe Hangout Discussed Hotel Pandemic Response on Global Scale

Presented by: Michael Levie, CHTP, citizenM Hotels For the first HFTP Europe Hangout, live on Zoom, the featured speaker was HFTP Global President Michael Levie, CHTP. As COO of citzenM, an international hotel company, he was particularly suited to speak on a hotel’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as the…

Industry Partners Check-in: What Will the Industry Look Like Post Pandemic?

Moderated by: Henri Roelings, Hospitality Net The second gathering for the new HFTP Hangout virtual get-togethers was a vendor-focused group who contemplated what the hospitality-industry will look like post-pandemic. Nowhere near the same was the overwhelming conclusion. Led by moderator Henri Roelings, founder of Hospitality Net, the group covered the…

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 do we truly understand what they mean, and are we…

HITEC Dubai 2019: Risk Management and More

By: Naftali Tanyongana This was my second year covering HITEC Dubai, and from a hospitality student perspective, it is always interesting to go to hospitality events and see theory put into practice. That is why I enjoyed watching Melissa Aoun, ARM, MSc, director of transformation advisory at Grant Thornton, presenting…

Letter from the HFTP Global President: We Have a Lot to Celebrate

At the ocean-inspired Annual Tribute to Success at the HFTP 2019 Annual Convention, newly-installed HFTP Global President Michael Levie spoke about what to expect from HFTP in 2020, outlining his vision for the association for the next year and beyond. Michael shares here some of what he spoke about that evening….

Sentiment Survey Reveals Top Hospitality Technology Decisions in 2020

The results are in for the inaugural Hospitality Technology Sentiment Survey, co-produced by HFTP and Hospitality Net. This survey sponsored by Shiji with partners EHL and Puzzle Partner serves as an indicator of pertinent technology trends in the hospitality industry. The report uncovers some surprising insights based on the feedback gathered from over 540 survey respondents from around the…

A Review of Today’s Hotels of the Future

Written By: Evita Ma These days, technology is transforming the customer experience at an alarming rate. Many hoteliers wonder what the future hotel will look like. Flyzoo Hotel, regarded as Alibaba Group’s first future hotel, was opened in mid-December 2018. Numerous news and media outlets applauded its futuristic design and…

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…