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GUESTROOM 2010 _ Video Coverage on Channel kare11.com

27 June 2006
It has a comfortable bed with no mattress. It has picture frames that can be filled with artwork or photographs emailed by the occupant. It has a toilet that senses the user arriving, and opens the lid. It has a shower that, when the customer finishes using it, washes itself, so housekeeping people don't have to. It is GUESTROOM 2010, a demonstration room set up for hotel financial and technical professionals to examine and be inspired by. GUESTROOM 2010 was built by producers of HITEC, the Hotel Industry Technology Exposition and Conference, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, site of HITEC 2006.

HITEC 2006 Interview with Brian Garavuso, CIO Hilton Grand Vacations Company and Member of the HITEC Advisory Council

25 June 2006
Brian Garavuso's employer, Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC, (HGVC), is a full service vacation ownership development and management division of Hilton Hotels Corporation. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., HGVC develops, markets and operates a system of brand name, high-quality vacation ownership resorts in select vacation destinations. Previous to his position at Hilton, Garavuso provided strategic technology direction and I.T. management for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and before that was the vice president of technology for South Seas Resorts (SSR). Garavuso has been an active member of HFTP since 1994. He has served on the HFTP International Board of Directors and as chair of the Certified Hospitality Technology Professionals (CHTP) Advisory Council. He recently served as the 2005 chair for the HITEC Advisory Council, and served on the same council for many years.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 shows 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 and HITEC are registered service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. ProLinks is a service mark of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.

HFTP Researching HITEC Europe Potential

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 hitec.europe@hftp.org.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.

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