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AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (July 11, 2016) — Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), the only nonprofit organization producing hospitality finance and technology global conferences, including the world's largest Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITECSM), is pleased to announce the advisory council for the premiere HITEC Amsterdam.

The advisory council is meeting next week in Amsterdam to plan the conference’s educational program. Sessions planned by the pan-European group will address the issues of top concern to the hospitality technology field. An extension of HFTP’s tremendously successful HITEC, which just completed its 44th year, HITEC Amsterdam will take place at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam from March 28-30, 2017. HSMAI Region Europe’s Revenue Optimization Conference will also be held in conjunction with HITEC Amsterdam.

“HFTP has been pursued for several years to bring a HITEC style event to Europe,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “Many ‘for profit’ organizations offer events in Europe, but our members and allied groups want information provided by the industry, for the industry, and HFTP is going to deliver to the best of our ability.”

Planning for HITEC Amsterdam is in full swing with guidance from an advisory council representing eight European countries. The council is chaired by Carson Booth, CHTP and vice-chaired by Derek Wood. The HITEC Amsterdam advisory council who are among Europe’s finest hospitality technology group are:

  • Carson Booth, CHTP, vice president of global property technology at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Luxembourg
  • James Byrne, director at Eccleston Square Hotel, London
  • Mark Campbell, chief information officer at Dorchester Collection, London
  • Steven Dow, vice president of revenue management at Diamond Resorts International, Lancashire, England
  • Gerhard Finster, owner at Arcadia Hotels Group, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Thierry Guiraudios, vice president of IT systems at Groupe Du Louvre, Paris, France
  • Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at First Logic Consulting, Marbella, Spain
  • Phil Le Brun, vice president and segment chief information officer at McDonald's Corporation, London
  • Michael Levie, CHTP, executive at citizenM, Voorschoten, The Netherlands
  • Ian Millar, CHTP, professor of IT at Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Stephen Minall, director/owner at Moving Food Ltd based in York, England
  • Sophie Pommois, project director of global distribution at Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Henri Roelings, founder and CEO at Hsyndicate, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  • Barry Thomas, CHTP, area director of information technology at Rosewood London, London
  • Derek Wood, managing director at Derek Wood Associates Ltd, Bristol, England

The HITEC Amsterdam exposition, with 55 booths, sold out in three days. A waiting list is available for companies who would still like to exhibit or sponsor. The first annual European show will include an exhibit hall, a keynote presentation and over 16 educational sessions about trending hospitality technology topics.

For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at, +1 (512) 249-5333.

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 over 5,300 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, HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality. For more information about HFTP, e-mail

Contact: Jessica Blankenship / 512-220-4038

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