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Hotel Technologists to Expand Strategic and Technical Knowledge at Conference in Budapest

Tuesday, October 14, 2014  

CHICAGO (October 14, 2014) – A robust agenda of current issues and emerging technologies awaits hospitality industry technology leaders next week in Budapest at the European Hotel Technology Conference.

“Hoteliers who have attended our past conferences have raved about the quality of the content, and this year will be no exception,” said Douglas Rice, Executive Vice President and CEO of event producer, HTNG, a nonprofit association serving the hotel industry. “With the engagement our association has from top technologists from hotels and tech vendors, we are able to deliver the highest quality content, rather than simply filling panels with sponsoring vendors, as many commercial conferences do.”

Strategy-focused sessions on the agenda for Wednesday and Thursday, 22-23 October, include:

  • Driving Business to Sites Via Technology
  • Enterprise System Design for Reliable Performance in the Cloud
  • The Evolving World of Mobile
  • Security: Keeping the Bad Guys Out
  • Translating IT Success to Business Success; or rather "How do I get noticed?"
  • Public Space Robotics: The Future of Assisting and Serving People
  • Innovations in Payments
  • IT Leadership Panel

Additionally, industry participants wishing to learn more about specific technologies will benefit from the newly added “Tech Day” sessions on Tuesday 21 October, including:

  • New technologies in door locks
  • Wi-Fi evolution and the impact on hotels
  • Location-based services in hospitality
  • Hotel networks in transition: the shift from copper to fiber
  • The digital hotel: how to profit from big data and analytics
  • Managing systems migration to the cloud
  • The Internet of Things arrives in hotels
  • Next-generation guest television
  • Case studies in Bring Your Own Device/Content in hotels
  • Virtual credit cards

Forty-six technology and hospitality thought leaders from around the world are scheduled to present these sessions, including:

  • Colin Abercrombie – Managing Director, Abercrombie Training and Management Consultancy
  • Peter Agel – SVP Strategic Customer Relationships EAME, MICROS Systems, Inc.
  • Thierry Beau – Director of Strategy, HoistLocatel
  • Floor Bleeker – CIO, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
  • Bas Blommaart – Chairman - CTO, iTesso
  • Stephen Burke – VP, Enterprise Integration & Connectivity, eRevMax
  • Emmanuel Clave – Group IT Director, Rocco Forte Hotels
  • Andrea Coppini – EAME Hospitality Systems Engineer, Ruckus Wireless Inc.
  • Perry Correll – Principal Technologist, Xirrus
  • Greg Dawes – Sales Engineer, Zhone Technologies
  • Thomas Di Giacomo – CTO, Swisscom Hospitality Services
  • Wolfgang Emperger – VP Hospitality EMEA, Infor
  • Dave Gagné – VP Wireless and Services, Hospitality Markets, Motorola Solutions
  • Florian Gallini – CEO, Interel
  • Bryan Hammer – Director of IT - EAME, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • Simon I’Anson – VP Marketing, Swisscom Hospitality Services
  • Dayna Kully – Co-Founder, 5thGenWireless
  • Maud Larpent – Director, Direct Connect Development, TripAdvisor
  • Arseny Levin - Lead Security Researcher, Trustwave SpiderLabs
  • Albert Maes – Regional Director of IT – ECE, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
  • Robert Magliozzi – Vice President - Integration & Product Sales, Cendyn
  • Vaclav Matz – Technical Manager, EMEA, Inncom by Honeywell
  • Toula Matzorou – Sr. Marketing & Communications Manager, Temes
  • Aurelian Meltei – Senior Network Consultant, Swisscom Hospitality Services
  • Monika Nerger – CIO, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • John O’Meara – Strategic Business Development Manager, Häfele
  • Christian Palomino – CIO/Director of Global IT, Meliá Hotels International
  • Neil Peers – Director of Operations & Service, Sky Business
  • Nick Price – CEO, NetSys Technology
  • Mark Rupert Read – Director of IT, Firmdale Hotels
  • Douglas Rice – Executive VP & CEO, HTNG
  • Luca Rozzoni – Executive Sales Director EMEA, Tellabs, Inc.
  • Riko van Santen – VP Digital Strategy and Distribution, Kempinski Hotels
  • Eleftherios Simotas - Product Manager, Media Communications S.A..
  • Pete Simpson – SVP Global Business Technology EMEA, MICROS Systems, Inc.
  • David Sjolander – Chief Operating Officer, HTNG
  • Bryan Steele – Head of IT, Royal Automobile Club
  • Nia Stoykova – Head of Business Development, Travel - Eastern Europe, Google
  • Eric Sullender – VP Products, Eleven Wireless
  • Yvette Vincent – Director of Information Systems, Delaware North Companies, Inc.
  • Richard Wagner – Director, Emerging Technologies, Marriott International
  • Steve Waldron – CIO, Grange Hotels
  • Jeremy Ward – Former SVP of IT, Kempinski Hotels; President, HTNG
  • Brennon Williams – CEO, Iridium Systems and Robotics Corporation
  • Todd Wood – VP of Technology, The Americas and Global Applications, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  • Marta Zubiaurre – Key Account Manager Hospitality EAME, Salto Systems

Registration is open to all full-time employees of hotel owning, management and franchising companies, with lower rates for members. HTNG membership is required for other industry participants; technology providers, consultants and others who are not HTNG members should check with HTNG's membership department to ensure eligibility before making any travel plans.

Additional Opportunity for Senior Level Hotel Technologists: Hotel CIOs, IT Directors and equivalent senior-level corporate technologists are also eligible to participate in the Hotel IT Leaders’ Roundtable, immediately following the main conference on Thursday afternoon. This hotelier-only session creates a real-time agenda determined by the attendees.

The European Hotel Technology Conference will be in Budapest, at the Kempinski Hotel Corvinus from 21-23 October 2014. The program and speakers are subject to change.

For information and to register, visit