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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

Getting Organized for HITEC Toronto

Written By: Jennifer Jones I have attended HITEC now for several years, as both an exhibitor and an attendee. Regardless of my role there, I have learned one valuable lesson: take a vacation after to catch up on sleep! I know that is not realistic,…

Why HITEC Toronto Is Important

Written By: Ron Hardin It sounds like one of those essays you had to write in school: “what I did on my summer vacation,” “what extracurricular activities mean to me.” It also sounds blindingly obvious – of course HITEC Toronto is important. After all, it is…

Exclusive Interview: Dual Award Winner Hyre Talks Entrepreneur 20X (E20X)

In June 2015, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), debuted its Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) innovation pitch competition, designed for hospitality technology startups, for the first time at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) – the world’s largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and…

Dispatches from HFTP Global: CHTA Disruptive 2017 Innovation and Technology Expo

Written By: Evita Ma This is the second time I have attended a China Hospitality Technology Alliance (CHTA) event. Last month, I attended the CHTA Disruptive 2017 Innovation and Technology Expo from April 26-28, 2017 located at the Marriott QianJiang, HangZhou in Hangzhou, China. Featured exhibitors, impressive…