Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), the world’s largest and oldest hospitality technology show in North America, successfully concluded its first European counterpart, the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam, from March 28-30, 2017.
Produced by Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals (HFTP®), the show brought together more than 1,100 industry professionals from around Europe to learn and explore the industry’s best practices and latest innovations.
The show served as a platform to discuss the hospitality technology landscape via networking, education and exhibits. The educational program featured over 30 speakers, who addressed topics such as: disruptive technologies, e-payments, technology for profit, IT and more. The exhibits program housed 83 booths showcasing the latest in hospitality technology products and services.
“Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make HFTP’s inaugural HITEC Amsterdam an overwhelming success,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “We had early indications foreshadowing the event’s popularity with the exhibit floor selling out in 72 hours last June to high pre-registration attendance numbers. HFTP is humbled to have surpassed its goal in producing the first European extension of HITEC, and look forward to the future.”
In addition to exhibits, 12 ambitious entrepreneurs pitched their breakthrough business concepts to a panel of expert judges at the Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) Competition, a unique platform that helps connect innovative startups with investors and industry players.
HITEC Amsterdam was just the first of three HITEC events that HFTP plans to produce this year. HITEC Toronto, the North American leg, will take place June 26 -29, followed by HITEC Dubai from November 14-15, the Middle East and India leg, produced in partnership with Naseba.
“It was very inspiring attending the show in Amsterdam,” said Naveen Bharadwaj, Naseba’s Production Manager for HITEC Dubai. “The attendance was great both in terms of quality and quantity, and opportunities created were phenomenal. We are excited to bring the great brand of HITEC to Dubai this November.”
Modelling the HITEC Amsterdam format, HITEC Dubai will offer an education program and exhibit booths. In addition, the show will feature a summit with one-to-one business meetings. Hoteliers attending the summit portion of HITEC Dubai will be pre-qualified to confirm their purchasing authority, budgets, timelines and solutions of interest.
HITEC Dubai is set to take place on the 14th and 15th of November at the Conrad Dubai.
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