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Hotel Industry Technology Leaders to be Featured at HTNG Booth at HITEC 2007

Thursday, June 21, 2007  

Schedule of Events Released


CHICAGO (June 21, 2007) – Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) announced today that technology leaders from across the spectrum of the industry will be available to meet with attendees of the Hotel Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from June 25-28.  Senior hotel technology executives and technical leaders of HTNG’s integration efforts will be available at the HTNG booth #373 throughout the show’s exhibit hours.

“HITEC attendees, both hoteliers and exhibitors, are invited to stop by to chat with senior technology executives from hotel companies on the  HTNG board; to meet with the hoteliers and vendors who have been leading HTNG’s integration efforts, or just to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or end-of-show cocktail,” said Douglas Rice, Executive Vice President & CEO of HTNG.

The schedule of events. detailed below, includes informal opportunities to meet HTNG’s leadership, which consists of CIOs, CTOs, and other senior technology executives from leading hotel companies from around the globe.  Also, each HTNG workgroup will have one or more dedicated timeslots where several of the participating hoteliers and vendors will be available to answer questions from hoteliers or vendors interested in their work.

HTNG will provide coffee and tea for visitors to its booth each morning of the show, and will host an end-of-show cocktail reception on Thursday afternoon from noon until 2pm.  Prospective members are invited to enjoy a glass of wine or beer and to learn more about HTNG from the members who are already actively involved.

All of the scheduled time slots represent informal opportunities to meet and interact with industry leaders, rather than presentations.  Times are subject to change, so please check the schedule posted in the HTNG booth during the show.

“Meet the IT Executives” Schedule

HTNG board members will be available at the HTNG booth throughout exhibit hours, including the following specific times:

  •  Tuesday 11am-12pm – Jeff Edwards, SVP & CIO, Wyndham Worldwide (formerly Cendant Hotel Group)
  • Tuesday 12pm-1pm – Wibecke Vinke, SVP & CIO, Kempinski Hotels
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:30pm – Fraser Hickox, General Manager Research & Technology, Peninsula Hotels
  • Tuesday 2pm-3pm – Jack Braman, VP & CIO, The Las Vegas Sands Corp. (The Venetian)
  • Wednesday 11am-12pm – Barry Shuler, SVP & CTO, Marriott International
  • Wednesday 12pm-1pm – Gustaaf Schrils, VP Hotel Technology & Services, InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Wednesday 2pm-3pm – Bob Bansfield, VP Information Technology, Global Hyatt Corp.

“Meet the Workgroup Members” Schedule

Key participants in each of HTNG’s five active workgroups will be available during the following times:

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:30pm – Distribution Content Management Workgroup
  • Tuesday 12:30pm-1:30pm – Property Web Services Workgroup
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:30pm – In-Room Technology Workgroup
  • Wednesday 11am-12pm – Property/Distribution Solution Workgroup
  • Wednesday 1pm-2pm – Property Web Services Workgroup
  • Wednesday 2pm-3pm – Architecture Workgroup
  • Thursday 10am-11am – Property/Distribution Solution Workgroup
  • Thursday 11am-12pm – In-Room Technology Workgroup

HTNG Booth to Highlight Workgroup Activities

HTNG’s booth is the place to learn about the latest industry initiatives in interoperability, next-generation guestroom technology, infrastructure, architecture, and other important developments.  Kiosks for each active HTNG workgroup will summarize their accomplishments and future directions, and will direct attendees to the booths of exhibiting HTNG members, where many of HTNG’s initiatives can be seen live and in production.

Also highlighted will be the first certified products from HTNG’s industry-leading certification program.  Launched just three months ago, at least six HITEC exhibitors will be showing HTNG-certified products, with additional vendors hoping to complete certification in time for the show.  To date, HTNG certification has been granted to products from Easy (Ez) Revenue Management Solutions, IDeaS, OpenCourse Solutions, PAR Springer-Miller Systems, TAC GmbH, and TRUST International.

 

About Hotel Technology Next Generation

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, non-profit organization with global scope.  HTNG members include leading hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors serving the hospitality market, and other industry members including consultants, media, and academic experts.  HTNG’s members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems and needs.  The HTNG certification program provides a “seal of assurance” for products that conform to HTNG specifications.

Currently nearly 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum are active HTNG participants.  Workgroup proceedings, drafts, and specifications are published for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption.  Specifications are released to the public domain when they are approved for certification or when the workgroup has completed its work, typically after no more than 18 months.  For more information, visit www.htng.org.