Letter from the HFTP Global President: HFTP Builds on Past Initiatives to Forge Ahead to the Future

Written By: Timothy G. Nauss, CHAE The HFTP Global board, advisory councils, research centers, and its Austin, Texas-based staff work hard year-round to create and implement wholly new ventures. This is evident with the introduction of brand-new global conferences, digital resources, industry research and more. With the hospitality industry changing and evolving at a faster pace…

Presenting: The Names You Should Know at HITEC Amsterdam 2018

Spring should be in full swing when HITEC® Amsterdam 2018 takes place this April — which is just six short weeks away. If you would like to attend HFTP’s European extension to the world’s largest and oldest hospitality exposition and conference brand, the early registration deadline is approaching fast. Register by this Saturday, March…

The Possibilities of Mobile Apps

A study found that Americans check their phone on average once every 12 minutes. That number may not be accurate for everyone, but you have to admit that the separation anxiety is real — and people have grown dependent on their mobile phones. The hospitality industry, though not always at the…

Carson Booth Earns Prestigious 2017 President’s Award

Carson Booth, CHTP’s invaluable contributions as chair of the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council and the overwhelming success of the inaugural HITEC® Amsterdam that took place earlier this year earned him the distinguished 2017 President’s Award. The annual HFTP President’s Award is an honor selected and presented by the outgoing HFTP Global president and recognizes a…

Be a 2017 Annual Convention Guest Blogger – Apply Today!

Returning this year, HFTP Connect is looking for up to three professionals involved with the hospitality industry who would like to write original and educational blog posts about their Annual Convention experience. Guest bloggers do not have to be professional bloggers; however, must have good writing skills and an interest in sharing their Annual Convention experience. If…

Okay Google, Are Apps Dead? Alexa, Do Hotel Guests Want You?

By Amanda Belarmino Are apps dead? This was a question presented during a session on mobile applications at HITEC Toronto 2017. Between upgrades to phone operating systems and the rapid marketplace acceptance of voice operated technology, some in the press have declared that 2017 will be the end of apps…

So Long, Farewell “O Canada!”

Written By: Jennifer Jones Another HITEC down, and it may have been one of the best yet. “O Canada” how you impressed me! I must admit I had my doubts on what level of turnout there would be, with potential hassles of passports, border crossings and foreign transaction fees. What…

What I Learned at HITEC Toronto

Written By: Ron Hardin Confession: I can not stop playing with the fidget spinner I picked up at the ALICE booth.  My wife, a well-known “anti-fidgeter” (ask my kids), rolled her eyes when she saw it come out of my HITEC Toronto swag bag. Correction: In my previous blog post (HITEC…

13 E20X Pitches and One Home Run

Written By: Jennifer Jones As a native to Baltimore, Maryland USA, I was excited to see that the Orioles are in town this week playing the Blue Jays. Now that I reside out west, I do not get to see them much anymore. Granted with a full schedule of meetings, sessions…

HITEC Toronto: Our Story Thus Far

Written By: Ron Hardin The curtain descends on the second day of HITEC Toronto (#HITECtor), and it has been a busy couple of days. This is my first visit to Toronto, and I hope I get to come back to Canada someday when I have more free time. With the exception of a…