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Bali Conference Program to Emphasize Latest Trends in Hotel Technology

Friday, June 19, 2015  

2015 HTNG Asia-Pacific Conference 21 – 23 July

CHICAGO (June 19, 2015) – Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), the membership association that unites the world’s hospitality companies and technology innovators to solve industry challenges, announced the agenda for next month’s conference in Indonesia. HTNG has lined up an impressive list of experts to speak on current important topics in technology for the hospitality industry. A sizeable number of attendees from hotel companies in the region have already registered, and space in the exhibit hall is already sold out.

“Advance interest in this year’s event is very strong,” said Douglas Rice, Executive Vice President & CEO of HTNG. “Our speaker lineup this year is the best ever for the region, drawing top experts from Southeast Asia, China, Australia and the USA for an unparalleled program in an outstanding location.”

HTNG produces conference programs that help attendees stay current on technologies that drive the business by focusing on emerging and ongoing business issues that technology can address for hotels. The association's conferences have become critical events for hospitality professionals who want to maximize the value their companies gain from technology. Session items on this year’s agenda include:

  • Going Digital – Deloitte Consulting keynote speaker examines the hotel industry’s digital transformation.
  • IT Leadership Panel – Three CIOs from leading Chinese hotel companies discuss their top priorities and strategies.
  • The Sharing Economy: Creating New Business and Damaging Existing Ones – This session addresses the growing impact of the sharing economy on the hotel industry.
  • STR Global Market Update – Hear the latest trends on Asian hotel industry performance from STR Global.
  • The Continually Evolving Security Landscape – An expert from Trustwave’s SpiderLabs will share the latest trends in security threats facing the hotel industry.
  • Micromarketing Building Blocks – Big data, CRM and revenue management become stronger when integrated, and offer hotels the opportunity to level the playing field with OTAs in distribution. When and how will these disciplines join to maximize impact on hotels? 
  • Mobile Apps Go Mainstream – Mobile Apps are becoming common in hotels; learn about the latest trends from Starwood Hotels and SilverNeedle Hospitality.
  • Designing New-Build Hotels for Technology – Technology for hotels changes rapidly, but architects and designers often fall behind. Following the 2013 HTNG Asia-Pacific Conference, an HTNG workgroup was formed to tackle this problem. This session will provide an update on the workgroup’s progress.

The conference content comes from industry expert speakers including:

  • Glenn Andrews - Managing Director - Asia, SiteMinder
  • Zane Au - Director, Shen Milsom & Wilke
  • Vivek Bhogaraju - Director, Global Strategic Alliances, IDeaS
  • Amitava Chatterjee - Director, Travel, Hospitality and Leisure Industries, Deloitte Consulting
  • Ted Harrington - Executive Partner, Independent Security Evaluators
  • Fraser Hickox - Managing Director, The Conceptual Group
  • Akina Ho - VP of Strategy & Global Business Development, FCS Computer Systems Sdn. Bhd.
  • Ted Horner - Managing Director, E. Horner & Associates
  • Dayna Kully - Co-Founder, 5thGenWireless
  • Lam Weng-Hoon - VP Information Technology, Accor
  • Christy Megawati - CHIA, Business Development Manager, STR Global
  • Rachana Salgia - President, DigiValet
  • Karl Sigler - Manager, SpiderLabs Threat Intelligence, Trustwave
  • Josh Steinitz - VP Global Business Development, Revinate
  • Jack Tan - Consultant – Jack Tan Consulting
  • Jeremy Ward - Chief Operating Officer, iRiS Software Systems
  • Jack Zhang - CIO, Jin Jiang Hotels
  • Jing Zhu - Chairperson & CEO, China Hospitality Technology Alliance
  • Michael Zhu - Vice President of Information Technology, Interstate China Hotels & Resorts

Registration: Conference registration is open to any full-time employee of a company that owns, manages or franchises a hotel. For all other industry participants, HTNG membership is required. Technology providers, consultants and others who are not HTNG members should check with HTNG's membership department to ensure eligibility. For more information or to register, visit

Product and service providers who would like to participate in promotional opportunities at the conference can find out more at the sponsorship page of the event website. A roundtable event for senior hotel IT executives will follow the conference on Thursday afternoon.




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 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. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards. Where necessary, it also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

Membership in HTNG is open to hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, academics, press and others. 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 about three 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