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June 20, 2013
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HITEC: The World's Largest Hospitality Technology Show
Part 1 of this Special Report explores how Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) will bring the brightest minds and hottest technology to one place. You won't want to miss what HITEC has in store for this year! HITEC is scheduled for June 24-27 in Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Check out the events schedule for more information.

HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education and the world's largest hospitality technology exposition. Sessions are led by industry peers and experts, and the expo showcases the latest industry products and services from more than 300 companies. Combined with intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.

Part 2 of this Special Report will hit your inbox post-show on Monday, July 1.

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  • Minn. hotels turn to high-tech improvements
    High-tech innovations at hotels in the Twin Cities of Minnesota include iPad tablets at the front desk and fiber-optic networks behind the scenes. "[T]he hotel room has to be as easy or easier to live in than our own living rooms. ... Technologies need to conform to the customer, not the customer conforming to the technologies, which is more often than not the case today," hotel consultant James Berkeley said. Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.) (5/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Emirates Green Key to promote eco-friendly hotels
    Emirates Green Business Council will award Green Key certifications to hospitality and tourism businesses in the United Arab Emirates. Green Key's goal is to lower the use of resources while increasing sustainability of technology and operations. "The baseline criteria that has been set by the Foundation for Environmental education and covers categories like environmental management to make sure a sustainability policy has been put in place," said Lora Shrake, Emirates GBC operations manager. HotelierMiddleEast.com (United Arab Emirates) (6/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Market Trends 
  • Hotel brands continue to evolve with technology, exec says
    As hotels have evolved from a real estate model to a franchise model, the importance of branding has evolved as well. Technology has become more important in distributing a brand to customers, experts say. "[T]he consumer is on such a rapidly moving trend in terms of how they reach the Internet that if you're an independent hotel you can't match it," said Steve Joyce, CEO of Choice Hotels International. HotelNewsNow.com (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Panel highlights importance of social media, technology
    A panel discussion at the New York University International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference featured five female hotel executives who discussed strategy. "Social media is part of our life and our way of doing business. The challenge is we need to be very fast. It's important to have our team ready to react and respond," said Dominique Colliat, senior vice president of operations at Sofitel Americas for Accor. Commune Hotels & Resorts CEO Niki Leondakis pointed out that while technology is extremely helpful in running a successful operation, hoteliers must take care not to let that technology get in the way of interacting with guests. HotelNewsNow.com (6/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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