HFTP gears up for tech forum

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals’ (HFTP) will offer European hospitality professionals a first-rate educational program through its inaugural European Hospitality Technology Education Conference (EHTEC), February 19-20 at the Hilton Amsterdam in Amsterdam, Netherlands.The two-day conference is intended to be an intimate gathering of the EU’s top hospitality professionals, including delegates representing hotel companies, clubs, resort properties, casinos and other hospitality-related businesses. Attendees will discuss the most pressing challenges facing hospitality technology in Europe.

“HFTP has increased its European presence over the past year, starting with the establishment of its European office,” said Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP executive vice president and CEO. “Producing a European-based conference illustrates HFTP’s commitment to step outside of its North American home base and provide European hospitality professionals the full-range of HFTP benefits, including face-to-face networking and education.”

HFTP, established in 1952, is also the producer of the annual Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), the world’s oldest hospitality technology show. Although EHTEC (powered by HFTP-HITEC) is intended to be an intimate meeting focusing on education and networking, it will feature a very limited number of sponsorships that includes stands. An advisory council of European and Middle Eastern hospitality technology professionals, consultants and educators will help design the agenda.

“HFTP has recently completed an extensive survey of the European hospitality technology community to generate education topics for this conference,” said Ralph Miller, CA, CHA, CBV, CHAE, HFTP International president and president and owner of Inntegrated Hospitality Management Ltd. “These results, combined with the expertise of the advisory council, will help us develop a rewarding, educational experience.”

Also new for HFTP this year is the Caribbean Finance Technology Professionals Conference, which is scheduled for 11-12 December, 2006 at the Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa in San Juan, Puerto Rico. HFTP annually produces the Club and Hotel Controllers Conferences, the HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow, and the Hospitality Technology Professionals Forum. Visit www.hftp.org to review HFTP’s full education calendar.


HFTP is offering a very limited number of EHTEC sponsorships, which will include a 3 x 3 meter stand at the conference. Please contact Laura Huffman, HFTP marketing account manager, at 001 (512) 249-5333 ext. 25 or [email protected] for further details about these opportunities.

For more information about EHTEC, go to www.hftp.org (or www.hftp.eu). Contact Irma Sutherland, HFTP meetings and events manager at [email protected] or by phone: U.S. - (800) 646-4387 or 001 (512) 249-5333 ext. 31.; Europe - 44 808 234 6808 or 0808 234 6808 (toll free within the UK).