14 March 2006
"HFTP has received many requests to bring HITEC to Europe," said HFTP International President Ralph Miller, CA, CBV, CHA, CHAE, and president and owner Inntegrated Hospitality Management Ltd. "The HFTP Board of Directors is now seriously researching this option in response to the growing interest and our recent goal to expand the HFTP brand outside of North America."In January, the HFTP Board of Directors held a strategic planning session to evaluate and discuss HFTP's numerous opportunities outside of North America and their impact on existing HFTP members. At the close of the meeting, the Board decided to actively pursue global opportunities, and in turn HFTP has established a European office and is participating in a number of hospitality industry events around the world. "Having produced HITEC for over three decades, the association has the expertise and the network to put on a significant European version of HITEC," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP CEO and executive vice president. "We are exploring the possibilities of a Pan-European conference held in a city like Amsterdam, Berlin or Paris."The proposed format would include two full days of conference education sessions, an opening welcome reception for attendees and sponsors, open evening for sponsor entertaining, and an exhibits area for sponsors to show their products.HFTP will conclude its due diligence process on this potential event by May 15, 2006, and an announcement will be made after consideration by the HFTP Board of Directors during their Global Expansion Strategic Planning meeting in June. Through its partnership with Hsyndicate, Inc., the leading global hospitality electronic news provider, HFTP already has a reach of more than 10,000 hospitality professionals throughout Europe, and should HFTP proceed, it is likely that HITEC Europe would happen as soon as early February 2007.Industry comments about this possible initiative can be e-mailed to email@example.com.About HFTP (): Based in Austin, Texas, HFTP is the professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, resorts, clubs, casinos, restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses. The association provides continuing education and networking opportunities to more than 4,600 members around the world, and produces the premiere hospitality technology show HITEC. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952 as the National Association of Hotel Accountants.HFTP, HITEC and ONHTEC are registered service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. GUESTROOM 2010 and ProLinks are service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.