2012 HTNG North American Conference – Integrating Technology with the Future of Hotel Management
Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) conferences are widely recognized by hotel management companies as an ideal way for executive decision-makers in the hotel and hospitality industry to exchange ideas. Information technology (IT) experts from academia, media and consulting firms will be on hand to discuss hotel and hospitality industry trends that will play a vital role in the future building, development and management of hotels, resorts and other similar types of property.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the HTNG North American Conference. The Conference will be held April 2-5, 2012 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. A group of about 300 are expected to participate in this year’s event. Based on attendance statistics in past years, those attendees are likely to be comprised of hotel executives and key management personnel (25-35%), vendors (50-60%) and independent consultants, academics and other interested parties (10%).
The audience will have a chance to learn the latest hotel industry trends from some of the most qualified IT speakers that have focused their efforts on the hotel and hospitality industry. There will be several different social events where guests will have the chance to network in informal groups and also attend Forum meetings to learn about specific areas of interest. This year’s Conference will have two main forums, both of which are scheduled for April 2. There will be an Infrastructure & Device Forum as well a Software Forum.
The Infrastructure and Device Forum will discuss “Mobile App Connectivity to Hotel Systems” and a hotel’s “Infrastructure Resource Team.” The Software Forum will have workgroups concentrating on such subjects as “Designing an Intelligent Guest Room” and a “Secure Payments Framework.”
There will be an outstanding panel of keynote speakers that should be the center of interest at this year’s Conference.
Bruce Hoffmeister, the Global CIO of Marriott International, Inc. will be speaking on the topic “Making Technology Work at Marriott.” Nick Price, CEO of NetSys Technology will give a broad overview of new technologies for the industry entitled “Hotel Technology: The Long Term Perspective.”
Green technology and the efficient use of energy is an important topic that will be addressed by Auden Schendler, the VP of Sustainability at the Aspen Skiing Company. “Make Social Media Rock in 2012” is sure to draw crowds as Morris Sim, Co-founder and CEO of Circos Brand Karma shares his ideas about the best ways for hotels to get the most out of social media. Rounding out the scheduled keynote speaker lineup is Tom Duke, the CTO of iBahn. Duke will talk about the “Impact of Mobile Devices on the Hotel Wireless Network.
Hotel management companies that want to get a competitive advantage over their less technology-advanced competition are sure to learn all about the leading edge technologies that will directly affect the hotel industry. The conference is being held in the beautiful Four Seasons in downtown Chicago. While the schedule is packed with events, there still will be a little time to take a walk along Lake Michigan, grab a slice of Deep Dish pizza and just enjoy the 2nd biggest city in the United States.
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