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Distinguished Keynotes to Speak at Upcoming HTNG European Conference

Tuesday, August 7, 2018  
Posted by: Emily Wilson

CHICAGO (August 7, 2018) – World-famous rock climber, Catherine Destivelle, and Portuguese National Radio Host, Carla Rocha, will be keynote speakers at the 2018 HTNG European Conference held on 22-24 October at the Penha Longa Resort just outside of Lisbon.

Catherine Destivelle is recognized and admired as the most adventurous and exciting female climber in the world today. Her daring accomplishments as a solo climber in scaling the most difficult and dangerous peaks without the use of safety ropes, support or back-up is legendary. Her passion and desire to conquer the most challenging mountain faces in the world satisfies her emotions and her thirst for adrenaline, keeping her at the forefront of climbing and ahead of her time.

Destivelle’s inspirational presentations challenge and inspire the audience to re-focus their goals to achieve success by sharing her own visions and startling achievements. Destivelle’s mountain exploits require meticulous planning, perfect physical and psychological preparation, and complete determination when it really counts. Destivelle shares this extensive experience with all of the audiences she encounters.

Carla Rocha is the host of the morning show of the well-known Portuguese National Radio Station, Renascença. In addition to radio, Rocha is also a communication trainer helping executives to transform the way they communicate with their teams and partners. She coordinates the “Athlete Speakers” program, developed by the Portuguese Olympic Committee. In this program, she trains and guides Olympic athletes, helping them to impact audiences with their presentations.

Rocha has interviewed hundreds of individuals and has an extensive background speaking on topics including: change management, innovation, journalism/media, leadership and motivation and women. Rocha is the author of the book “Speak less, communicate more – 10 strategies to become a great communicator.” In addition to her book, Rocha has several papers published in books and magazines that specialize in different areas.

In addition to inspirational keynotes Destivelle and Rocha, a number of industry experts will join the speaker line-up to discuss trending hospitality technology topics at the 2018 HTNG European Conference.

Conference registration is open to any full-time employee of a company who 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.

Registration and more information on the 2018 HTNG European Conference can be found here.




About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from 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 world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 24 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for over 2.5 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. 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