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June 6, 2017 (WASHINGTON D.C.) - OpenTravel Alliance (OTA) has announced a co-location agreement Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) that will enable OTA to host its Annual Advisory Forum at HFTP 2017 Annual Convention.  The OTA Annual Advisory Forum will take place on October 23 - 25, while the HFTP 2017 Annual Convention will overlap and start on October 25 and run through the 27.  Both will be located at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate in Orlando, Fl. 

"On behalf of HFTP, we are pleased that OpenTravel Alliance has decided to co-locate their Annual Advisory Forum with the HFTP 2017 Annual Convention at the Omni Resort at Champions Gate," said Frank Wolfe, CEO of HFTP. "HFTP recognizes that OTA has been entrusted with major industry standards projects. By our two organizations creating a stronger bond, both of us will reap major benefits for our members."

OTA's  Annual Advisory Forum will feature a full roster of events, starting with a keynote speaker presentation and  including networking sessions, an awards ceremony, various committee meetings and a golf outing. The goal of this co-location partnership is to help promote knowledge sharing among two long-standing organizations in the hospitality industry.

"We are delighted to co-locate OpenTravel's Advisory Forum with the HFTP Annual Meeting," expressed Mike Tinkey, CEO of OpenTravel Alliance. "We look forward to working collaboratively to provide tools, solutions, content and networking opportunities more efficiently. Our theme this year is enabling the future of the connected consumer and we're committed to seamless technology for a seamless consumer experience."

Registration for OpenTravel Advisory Forum opens in June. For more information about the 2017 OpenTravel Advisory Forum, please see the OpenTravel website. For more information on the HFTP 2017 Annual Convention please visit the website by clicking here.   

About OpenTravel Alliance

The OpenTravel Alliance is passionate about solving the problems inherent with connecting multiple systems within the complex travel distribution arena. Our mission is to enable the future of travel by driving the evolving digital experience for consumers. OpenTravel creates, expands and drives adoption of open specifications, including but not limited to the use of XML, for the electronic exchange of business information among all sectors of the travel industry.

OpenTravel is comprised of companies representing airlines, car rental firms, hotels, cruise lines, railways, leisure suppliers, service providers, tour operators, travel agencies, solutions providers, technology companies and distributors. Tens of thousands of OpenTravel message structures are in use, carrying tens of millions of messages between trading partners every day.

OpenTravel is a not-for-profit trade association, founded in 1999 by travel companies, with a primary focus on the creation of electronic message structures to facilitate communication between the disparate systems in the global travel industry.  For more information on OpenTravel membership, new products, or projects, please visit http://www.opentravel.org or email info@opentravel.org.

Contact: Caitlin Norton

cnorton@opentravel.org / 678-298-1177

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