18 November 2016

HFTP Co-Hosts the 20th Edition of Naseba’s Hotel Technology Summit in Dubai

HFTP onsite representatives participated in the summit’s program, and officially announced HITEC Dubai

  • HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE speaking at the HFTP co-hosted Hotel Technology Summit in Dubai, UAE this week.HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE speaking at the HFTP co-hosted Hotel Technology Summit in Dubai, UAE this week.

Global hospitality association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) co-hosted Naseba's 20th annual Hotel Technology Summit that took place this week from November 16-17, 2016 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Dubai, UAE. HFTP association leaders were in attendance, and participated in the summit's educational program. HFTP Global President Lyle Worthington, CHTP, served as the chairman for this year's Hotel Technology Summit.

This year's Hotel Technology Summit introduced more than 150 pre-screened buyers from the Middle East – including: hotel owners, operators and technology consultants – to the best solution providers in a focused 5-star business-to-business environment. During the event, hotel technology leaders presented innovative solutions, relevant case studies and led interactive panel discussions. Additionally, the global technology providers shared insights into the latest hospitality innovations in keynote speeches.

"HFTP is proud to continue its role in the success of Naseba's Hotel Technology Summit," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "We look forward to extending our lasting relationship with Naseba, and global reach into the Middle Eastern market, at the premier HITEC® Dubai in the Fall of next year."

Wolfe, a frequent hospitality spokesman, participated again at this year's summit by presenting the summit's introductory remarks, and explaining HFTP's Global Hospitality Accounting Common Practices (GHACP) international educational resource. Worthington and HFTP Immediate Past President Arlene Ramirez, CHAE, CHE, CHIA, MBA, also participated in the summit's program.

Worthington acted as the moderator for interactive panel discussions, featuring key decision-makers from leading hotel groups, which focused on smart hospitality solutions to increase profitability in turbulent times. He also officially announced the upcoming HITEC Dubai that HFTP will co-produce with Naseba next Fall. Ramirez explored technology innovations and IT solutions in accounting and financial management in the hospitality industry; she explained how innovation can unlock business growth.

"As one of our major supporters in the United States, we were thrilled to have HFTP's support as a co-host at this year's Hotel Technology Summit in Dubai," said Nicholas Watson, managing director at Naseba. "We are extremely pleased to be able to combine resources with a global hospitality powerhouse such as HFTP – it is beneficial to both of our markets as well as the industry overall."

The summit's format is comprised of research and pre-qualification, advance notice of buyers, panel discussions, keynote presentations, one-on-one meetings, a networking lunch and a product showcase. Last year, HFTP was named the association sponsor for the Hotel Technology Summit where HFTP provided summit attendees with relevant industry reports and articles to promote education within hospitality.

For more information about HFTP, please contact HFTP Director of Membership Development & Services Bryan Wood at Bryan.Wood@hftp.org. For more information about the Hotel Technology Summit, please contact Naseba Marketing Manager Ryan Cooper at ryan.cooper@naseba.com.

Upcoming next year, HFTP will host its premier HITEC Amsterdam in March 2017 while producing the larger HITEC Toronto in June 2017. HFTP's HITEC Dubai, in partnership with Naseba, will take place in the Fall of next year. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.

Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch® – mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

About HFTP
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 5,200 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

Eliza Selig

Director of Communications
Portland, OR United States
Phone: +1 (512) 220-4026