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HITEC Amsterdam Online Registration Open Now - Secure Your Spot Today

HFTP's Inaugural HITEC Amsterdam is 29-30 March 2017 at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

AUSTIN, TX. January 11, 2017 – Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC®), has announced that attendee registration for its inaugural HITEC Amsterdam is now available online. Also available on the HITEC Amsterdam website is information on travel and hotel reservations. HITEC is the world’s largest hospitality technology exposition and conference, and has extended its reach even further with its recent expansion into Europe and Asia. HITEC Amsterdam is the first of three HITECs planned for 2017, and will be 29–30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

“We are ecstatic to extend HITEC’s global reach to three separate continents this year,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “Each HITEC conference is carefully and individually developed to ensure the satisfaction of our attendees, vendors and sponsors. Attendees and exhibitors will enjoy Amsterdam’s captivating atmosphere, artistic heritage and intricate canal system while visiting the world-renowned city for the first HITEC of 2017.”

The day prior to the conference, on 28 March, there will be pre-conference events including invitation-only CIO and CFO events that will feature C-level hospitality professionals from across Europe. Additionally, back by popular demand, HFTP is bringing its overwhelmingly successful hospitality technology start-up pitch competition, Entrepreneur 20X (E20X), to Europe. HFTP is currently accepting applications for HITEC Amsterdam’s Entrepreneur 20X online via its website. Watch videos from last year’s competition at HITEC New Orleans on HFTP’s YouTube channel.

During the conference, from 29–30 March, full registration attendees will have access to the following:

•Education. Attendees will have access to two full days of essential education on the industry’s trending topics, carefully selected by the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council, including two globally known keynote speakers.

•Exhibits. Attendees will have access to an exhibit floor featuring recognized hospitality technology vendors from across the globe, and have the opportunity to see a number of new products and high-caliber existing products all in one location. The exhibits are open to all Full Registration attendees and to those purchasing an Exhibits Only attendee pass.

•Networking. Attendees will have opportunities for networking with peers and leading industry experts from around the world throughout the conference and during the welcome reception on 29 March.

Attendee online registration is now available on the HITEC Amsterdam website. Visit the HITEC website for complete information about all conference and exhibition events, including the conference schedule, a list of exhibitors, a map of the exhibit hall and the most current HITEC news.

In addition to HITEC Amsterdam, in 2017 HFTP is producing the larger HITEC Toronto on 26–29 June and HITEC Dubai in the Fall in partnership with Naseba. 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.

Contact:
Jessica Blankenship
jessica.blankenship@hftp.org

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