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Next-Generation Solutions at HITEC 2004

Friday, June 4, 2004  

Hotel Technology Next Generation: New Technology Solutions Unveiled at HITEC 2004

DALLAS, TX June 4, 2004--- The Hotel Technology – Next Generation group (HTNG) announces that coincident with the HITEC conference starting June 21st, vendors working under its auspices are demonstrating and releasing new interoperating solutions featuring the seamless movement and use of guest-related and operational data. The solutions being announced communicate with each other using the draft specification approved by HTNG workgroup participants. This release, a first for the hotel industry, is tangible evidence of the HTNG and vendor commitment to facilitate a quantum increase in efficiency in the use of information technology, to the benefit of owners, operators and vendors alike.

The companies releasing or demonstrating interoperating solutions based on the HTNG specification include Clairvoyix, Daylight Software, Eatec Corporation, General Dynamics Interactive, IDeaS Revenue Optimization, IDT Group, InfoGenesis, Maxim Revenue Management, Micros Systems, Microsoft, Newmarket International, NFS Hospitality, Percipia Networks, Springer-Miller Systems, and Sprint. Many others plan to release solutions in the months following the HITEC conference. The participating companies offer products which impact virtually every dimension of hotel operations, from front office to sales and catering to telephony and in-room entertainment, to name just a few. Glenn Bonner, CIO of MGM Mirage and member of the HTNG Board of Directors, said “These companies are the unquestioned leaders in their fields, and many of them are natural competitors. The importance of their working together to benefit the industry cannot be overstated.”

Nick Price, CIO of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and member of the HTNG Board of Directors, added “The efforts sponsored by HTNG will pay enormous dividends for hoteliers. By eliminating many of the barriers that prevent products from talking to each other, the participating vendors are able to bring increased focus to serving guests, which is what the hotel industry is all about. Products which utilize the workgroup message specification will dramatically improve the customer’s return on investment, making the sale much easier for compliant vendors.”

Matthew Dunn, executive director of HTNG, said that from the beginning HTNG’s emphasis has been to foster the development of real platforms that the industry could actually purchase. “We’re not a standards body,” Dunn indicated. “Instead, we provide a framework within which vendors who are committed to improving the industry’s use of technology can cooperate to create market-available solutions.”

The following companies will be demonstrating new product and service releases facilitated by the HTNG workgroup specification at HITEC.

Clairvoyix, Booth 1050

Daylight Software, Inc., Booth 436

Eatec Corporation, Booth 815

General Dynamics Interactive, Booth 1235 IDeaS Revenue Optimization, Booth 1113 The IDT Group InfoGenesis, Booth 1216 Maxim Revenue Management, Booth 836 MICROS, Booth 1102 Microsoft Corporation, Booth 708 Newmarket International, Booth 1502 NFS Hospitality, Booth 1635 Percipia Networks, Booth 1036 (Sprint) Springer-Miller Systems, Booth 1401 Sprint, Booth 1036

The following HTNG members are working on products and services.

CBORD, Booth 1525

Cendant’s Travel Distribution Services Division, Booth 850 Guest-Tek, Booth 744 IBM, Booth 1602 Open Course Solutions Open Travel Alliance Optims Paradyne, Booth 1449 POST Integrations Sky Tech Solutions, Booth 1724 SRD Timelox