November 11, 2009 10:28 ET

Hospitality Technology Experts Plan 2010 European Conference

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - November 11, 2009) - Planning has begun for Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals' (HFTP®) 2010 European Hospitality Technology Educational Conference (EHTEC). The EHTEC Advisory Council, a group of global hospitality experts, is designing a program that tackles tough technology issues prominent in Europe. EHTEC 2010 is February 14-16 at the Amsterdam Hilton in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Over the past four years, the popular conference has been instrumental in bringing the latest technology information to its attendees. "There are many technology aspects that are specific to Europe and attendees relish the opportunity to discuss these issues and brainstorm solutions," said Michael Levie, CEO of CitizenM and EHTEC Advisory Council chair. "EHTEC does a great job of balancing the need for technology education on the future of the European hospitality industry and discussing solutions to current industry challenges."

EHTEC offers two full days of focused technology education and various networking opportunities. Previous education topics addressed include environmental responsibility, in-room technology, data security, optimizing hospitality business processes and more.

The EHTEC Advisory Council:

--  Chair Michael Levie, CEO, CitizenM, The Netherlands
--  Scott W. Anderson, president of Hospitality & Real Estate Group,
    Kohler Co, USA
--  Floor Bleeker, group director of IT, Jumeirah Group, UAE
--  Carson Booth, CHTP, VP of IT for Europe, Africa, Middle East, Starwood
    Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Belgium and HFTP Global Board director
--  Timo Kettern, IT director Europe, Westbridge Europe, Germany
--  Gerald Lampaert, VP of Global IT, Dolce Hotels & Resorts, USA
--  Ian Millar, CHTP, lecturer, Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne, Switzerland
--  Nicholas Malcolm Price, CIO and CTO, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group,
    Hong Kong
--  Henri Roelings, founder and CEO, Hsyndicate, The Netherlands
--  Jules Sieburgh, CHTP, hospitality consultant, O'Neal Consultants, USA
    and HFTP Global immediate past president
--  Riko van Santen, VP of Electronic Distribution & ICT, Golden Tulip
    Hospitality Group, Switzerland
--  Wibecke A. Vinke, managing director of IT & Systems Consulting,
    Hospitality, Switzerland
--  Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP, USA
--  Derek Wood, managing director of Derek Wood Associates, United Kingdom

HFTP, founded in 1952, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs and other hospitality-related businesses. With an extensive global hospitality network, HFTP offers extraordinary networking opportunities, industry-leading certification programs and events, and essential recourses for professional growth.

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