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International association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), in partnership with Naseba, are bringing the world's largest and oldest Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference(HITEC®) brand to Dubai, UAE for the first time. HITEC Dubai will take place from November 14-15, 2017 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE – serving as the third HITEC of 2017.

HITEC Dubai is accessible to buyers from the lucrative Middle Eastern tourism and hospitality market, currently worth over $75 billion USD. Modeling the HITEC Amsterdam format, the show will offer an education program, exhibits as well as a summit with one-to-one business meetings between pre-qualified hoteliers and cutting-edge technology providers.

Marwan Al Ali, group chief information officer at Jumeirah Group – one of the largest hospitality groups in the Middle East – is serving as the Advisory Council Chairman for the inaugural HITEC Dubai. The HITEC Dubai Advisory Council features senior executives from leading local and global chains; together these experts have over 200 years of combined industry experience. Focusing on technology solutions and top trends, the advisory council is responsible for planning the conference's educational program. Some topics on the program include: bandwidth and HIS; data analytics and intelligence; intuitive technologies; sustainable technologies; future of management systems; robotics; AI; blockchain; and cyber-attacks.

"We are very excited to have HITEC based here in Dubai for the first time," said Al Ali. "HITEC, over the last few decades, has developed a very strong reputation when it comes to hotel technology. HITEC plays an important role in connecting people across the industry, and bring[s] the latest trends [in hotel technology] to the audience who [is] attending HITEC."

Attendees will have an additional resource to use while navigating the conference – the HITEC 2017 multi-event mobile app will serve as a comprehensive guide for information on education sessions and exhibits while also providing social feeds and in-app correspondence capabilities for exhibitors and attendees. Available for download from the iTunes Apple Store and Google Play, the app will feature all of the HITEC Dubai information attendees will need.

In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-13 in addition to the larger HITEC Houston on June 18-21. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other international activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. For more information about HITEC Dubai, visit www.hitec-dubai.com.

About HITEC Dubai

Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place.

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of HITEC, will partner with Naseba, a business facilitation company, to bring the brand to Dubai. Making the event accessible to buyers from the lucrative Middle Eastern market, currently worth over USD 75 bn.

The show will offer an education program and exhibits. In addition, HITEC Dubai will feature a summit with one-to-one business meetings that have become the hallmark of Naseba’s platforms. Hoteliers attending the summit portion of HITEC Dubai will be pre-qualified to confirm their purchasing authority, budgets, timelines and solutions of interest.

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About HFTP

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com®. 

For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit. Follow HFTP/HITEC on HFTP ConnectFacebook (@HFTPGlobal; @HITECconference), LinkedInTwitter (@HFTP), Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube for the latest news. Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP NewsHITEC BytesHFTP Club Bytes and HFTP Finance Bytes.

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