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Fresh and Innovative Program to Be Offered at Hospitality Technology Conference

Wednesday, January 13, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Emily Wilson

HTNG 2016 North American Conference March 1-3

CHICAGO  (January 13, 2016) – Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) is set to present an agenda of current issues and emerging technologies to hospitality leaders at the HTNG 2016 North American Conference in Amelia Island, Florida this March. The program includes more than 40 experts who will share their knowledge in sessions that address current hot topics in hospitality technology.

In addition to the sessions listed below, the agenda will feature two notable keynote speakers. Henry Harteveldt’s address, “The Three I’s Influencing Hotel IT,” will demonstrate how three factors driving the future of the hospitality business – immediacy, inspiration and individualism – both arise from improved lodging IT capabilities and will impact IT systems during the next few years. In the second keynote session titled “The Genius of Opposites: How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together,” best-selling author Jennifer Kahnweiler will offer a five-step process that will enable introverts and extroverts to better understand one another to leverage their strengths and create strong teams in the workplace.

“HTNG is excited to have some interesting new speakers and industry experts who will address relevant and important top-of-mind issues at the North American Conference,” said Michael Blake, Executive Vice President and CEO of HTNG, a nonprofit association governed by senior IT hospitality executives from around the world. “The program aims to educate and entertain, while also providing a venue for members to share experiences, successes and recommendations with their colleagues.”

Experts from both hospitality companies and technology vendors will present the program, comprised of both strategic and technical sessions throughout the conference, including:

  • Cloud PBX – The Time Is Now
  • Don’t Let the Cloud Rain on Your Parade
  • Event Space ArchiTechnologySM:  Planning for the Future of Meetings
  • Fresh from China: Big Data on Steroids
  • Innovative Power Distribution for Fiber Optics
  • Internet of Things Security
  • Jeopardy, n. \ˈje-pər-dē\: hazard or risk of or exposure to harm, loss, theft; also a popular TV game
  • A New Twist on E=MC2 -- E+C=M2
  • OpenTravel’s Architectural Direction; Moving Beyond XML Messaging 
  • The Cloud Imperative – Oracle’s Perspective
  • PCI Security Council Presents
  • Physical Security in Hospitality
  • The Third Generation of Payments
  • Virtual Reality: Not Just for Gamers Anymore
  • Wi-Fi and Big Data – How to Capitalize on the Investments

In addition to some of these topics, the first day of the conference will also consist of working meetings of HTNG member volunteers who have formed teams to solve hospitality technology problems such as lightweight messaging, scalable cellular service and more. Leaders from the Software Resource Team and the Infrastructure Resource Team will update attendees on current activities and recently published documents, all of which can aid hotels in choosing the appropriate technologies for their properties.

The HTNG North American Conference will be in Amelia Island, FL at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort from March 1-3, 2016. The program and speakers are subject to change. For information or to register, visit our website.


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About Hotel Technology Next Generation

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, media and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including most of the world's leading hotel companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 21 top IT leaders from hotel companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for 3.5 million guest rooms. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit


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