SOURCE: Questex Hospitality + Travel

Questex Hospitality + Travel

November 08, 2011 13:00 ET

Fresh Faces and Concepts Await 2012 HOTEC Buyers and Suppliers

NEWTON, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 8, 2011) - Newly fortified by its relationship with Questex Hospitality + Travel, HOTEC Operations & Technology for 2012 promises to introduce first-time buyers and suppliers to the lodging industry's original and longest-running one-on-one business exchange forum.

HOTEC Operations & Technology North America, to be held Feb. 15-18, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, in California will bring multiunit hotel operators, brand decision-makers, major franchisors, leading management companies and developers together with top suppliers of operating supplies and equipment, technology and food-and-beverage resources.

The event offers industry-leading professional education and development programs as well as opportunities to meet key business contacts during scheduled one-on-one meetings and peer-to-peer networking. The ratio of buyers to sellers and the number of suppliers from each category is controlled to ensure limited competition and a wide range of products and services.

The North American HOTEC event, as well as those held in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, provide forums for participants to conduct business on a one-on-one basis in the relaxed atmosphere of an upscale resort, away from typical distractions.

HOTEC's official hosts for 2012 will include hospitality industry veterans Marilyn McHugh, who recently joined Questex Hospitality + Travel as director of global hospitality events, and Mary Malloy, who recently was appointed HOTEC events director.

"HOTEC represents the industry's first event to be served by a fully integrated system of product and supplier selection and relationship management tools," McHugh said. Those tools include the industry's largest online searchable hospitality supplier database featuring more than 80,000 products.

HOTEC also is supported by the largest buyer database, with more than 200,000 contacts, which affords "never-before available business development and networking capabilities," she said.

Buyers and suppliers interested in participating should contact Malloy at (216) 706-3728 or mary@mcleaneventsinternational.com. Additional information is available at hotecna.com.

McLean Events International Ltd., based in Surrey, the United Kingdom, launched HOTEC in Europe 15 years ago, in 1996, followed by Asia in 2001 and North America and the Middle East in 2004. Questex Media Group LLC, which acquired McLean Events in January 2007, now operates the largest worldwide series of hotel industry events.

Questex Hospitality + Travel, the largest multimedia organization in the world dedicated to travel and lodging, drives revenue, productivity and value creation for these related industries through strategic investment and deal-making forums, powerful lead-generation tools, interactive online business solutions, world-class events and industry-leading publications.

The company also created, hosts and produces the International Hotel Investment Forum, the North America Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference, the International Hotel Investment Forum Asia Pacific, the Russia & CIS Hotel Investment Conference, the Central Asia & Turkey Hotel Investment Conference and HOTEC Design.

Questex Hospitality + Travel's hotelmanagement.net portal is the definitive online go-to lodging industry resource for lead generation, breaking news, insights and data. The company delivers news in print, online and through mobile devices worldwide via IHIF Investment News Daily and Hotel Management and ha&d magazines.

Questex Hospitality + Travel also provides business development, marketing and training services to NTOs/DMAs, hotel, gaming, resort and cruise companies, OTAs and travel agents worldwide. Questex Hospitality + Travel is a division of Questex Media Group LLC, headquartered in Newton, Mass., with offices throughout the world.