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Hotel Technology Experts to Meet in Hong Kong: Focus on Western Crossover with China

Tuesday, June 18, 2013  

World-class speakers will discuss cloud computing, Big Data, digital media, wireless networking, green hotels, technology new builds, mobile computing, audio-visual and cyber security

CHICAGO (June 18, 2013) – Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), the membership association that unites the world’s hospitality companies and technology innovators to solve industry challenges, has announced agenda and speaker details for its fifth annual Asia-Pacific Conference, in Hong Kong 23-25 July 2013.  The event is open to all hoteliers for a nominal fee, and also to vendors and consultants who are HTNG members.


Immediately following this year’s conference, on the afternoon of 25 July, HTNG will facilitate its annual Hotel IT Leaders’ Roundtable.  This exclusive and free collaborative event is available to qualified hotel IT executives only, who share experiences and perspectives on the greatest challenges facing their IT teams.

An annual event planned by hospitality technologists for hospitality technologists, HTNG’s conference provides unmatched forward-thinking sessions featuring top technology minds, to help hotels better meet the technology needs of guests and staff, while reducing deployment risk and cost.  This year for the first time, HTNG is working closely with the China Hospitality Technology Alliance (CHTA), with whom HTNG recently announced a partnership.  A recurring theme throughout this year’s program will be the “crossover” between Chinese and Western markets, including the rapid growth in outbound travel from China, the move of Chinese hotel companies into the West, and efforts by both Western and Chinese technology companies to expand into each other’s markets.  A panel session entitled Crossing the Great Wall will answer the key question:  what can hotel technologists from China and the West learn from each other?

A summary of additional confirmed sessions for this year follows:

  •  The Evolving Technology Landscape – Potential for the Hospitality Industry - Cloud computing, Big Data analytics, mobile computing and cyber security are the industry’s buzzwords.  How can the hospitality industry make use of these technologies and cut through the hype?
  •  Digital Media – Contemplating a possible marriage between IT and Marketing, this session will explore the future of consumer engagement, the next generation of social strategy, the impact of Big Data and what it means as the Chinese middle class begins to travel worldwide.
  •  Technology in the New Build Process – The growing disconnect between architects and designers on the one hand, and evolving hotel technology infrastructure on the other hand, has led to major issues in new build hotels.  How can technologists influence the process to reduce the impact on operators and guests?
  •  The Changing World of Wireless Infrastructure – Network designers and equipment manufacturers are innovating to meet exploding bandwidth demands, and best practices for network design are changing.  Learn about new options for network infrastructure.
  •  IT Leaders' Panel – CIOs, CTOs and other IT leaders from leading hotel groups will share their perspectives on the most pressing challenges they face in their jobs today.
  •  Technology in the World’s Greenest Hotel – Learn how a Hong Kong developer used technology to build the first hotel in the world to achieve the trifecta of green certifications: LEED for New Construction, BEAM Plus and Green Mark.
  •  Simplifying Audiovisual Technology: Is HDBaseT an Option? – Learn about a new standard for AV networking and its potential to support high-quality video on older hotel infrastructures.
  •  Protecting Your Hotel from Cyber Attacks – The hospitality industry remains one of the top target industries for cyber attacks.  Hear from an expert who protects many hotels about how these attacks happen and how to stay ahead of them.

Some of the speakers already confirmed for this conference include:

  •  Martin Bookallil, VP Information Resources, Asia Pacific, Marriott International
  •  Lee Field, Head of IT Consulting and Complex Solutions, Asia-Pacific, Terremark, a Verizon Company
  •  Michael Gazeley, Managing Director, Network Box
  •  Ted Horner, Managing Director, E. Horner & Associates Pty. Ltd.
  •  Shane Izaks, General Manager, Information Technology, The Peninsula Group
  •  Perry Lai, VP of IT, Langham Hotels International
  •  Scott McBride, Head of Digital, Ogilvy & Mather Group, Hong Kong
  •  Monika Nerger, CIO, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
  •  Terence Ronson, Managing Director, Pertlink Limited
  •  Ian Stott, Project Consultant, Inova Audio Visual Designs
  •  Ted Watson, Director, Global Hospitality Solutions, Ruckus Wireless
  •  Rosana Wong, Executive Director, Yau Lee Holdings Limited
  •  Jack Zhang, CIO, Jin Jiang Hotels
  •  Jing Zhu, Chairperson, China Hospitality Technology Alliance

Attendees will benefit not only from the knowledge of these experts, but from the conference’s many networking opportunities with other attendees from the region and from around the world.  CIOs, IT Directors, senior vendor staff and consultants dominate the attendee mix, and the sessions are geared toward a strategic, business focus on technology.

Additional Opportunity for Senior Level Hotel Technologists: Hotel CIOs, IT Directors, regional heads and equivalent-level technologists are also eligible to participate in a subsequent meeting – the Hotel IT Leaders’ Roundtable.  This afternoon-long, hotelier-only session will have an agenda determined by the attendees based on the challenges they face.  Details about this no-cost meeting can be found on HTNG’s website.

Registration InformationFully enrolled members of HTNG can register online.  Others, including non-members and employees of corporate members, can choose the appropriate registration path on the conference registration page.  Important note: for many attendees, the registration rate increases on 22 June, but individuals and companies who join HTNG to attend can still receive the early registration rate by booking within 30 days of joining.

Sponsorship/Exhibiting InformationSponsorships and tabletop exhibits are still available for vendors who wish to promote their products and services to the most senior level audience at any similar show in the region.  Details are in a downloadable brochure on the conference’s sponsorship page.