SOURCE: GuestCentric Systems

October 15, 2007 09:00 ET

GuestCentric Systems Joins Hotel Technology Next Generation

STAMFORD, CT--(Marketwire - October 15, 2007) - GuestCentric Systems, an early-stage startup that develops web services for travelers and the travel industry, today announced that it has joined Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), a global trade association that facilitates the development of next-generation, customer-centric technologies to better meet the needs of the global hotel community. As a member of HTNG, GuestCentric joins a worldwide list of leading company members, such as Agilysys, Cisco, IBM, Micros, Microsoft, PAR Springer-Miller and Pegasus, among many others.

Through the use of HTNG's base architecture, hoteliers can build best-of-breed applications based on open Internet technologies, reducing technology management cost and complexity while improving reliability and scalability. GuestCentric will support the growth and adoption of existing and evolving HTNG standards and share its knowledge in workgroups and events to achieve an open, distributed application foundation for travel applications.

"Web 2.0 is a trend that is coming fast and furious to the travel industry, and we at HTNG are tracking it closely," said Douglas C. Rice, Executive Vice President and CEO of Hotel Technology Next Generation. "We welcome GuestCentric's commitment to contributing to the standardization of web technologies that are more interactive and customer-centric."

"The solution to satisfied customers is innovation and freedom of choice. Open standards and interoperability is the only path to achieve this big goal. While the travel industry has been behind other industries to date, HTNG and the Internet are changing that," said Pedro Colaco, President and CEO at GuestCentric. "We are committed to working with our peers to revolutionize the way this industry works, and collaborating with HTNG is one of the stepping stones in that strategy."

About GuestCentric Systems

GuestCentric Systems is an early-stage startup that was founded in October 2006 with the mission of developing web services that revolutionize the way the travel industry works. For more information on GuestCentric, visit

About Hotel Technology Next Generation

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, non-profit organization with members from hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, and other industry members including consultants, media, and academic experts. HTNG's members participate in focused workgroups to bring to market open solution sets addressing specific business problems. HTNG fosters the selection and adoption of existing open standards. Where necessary, it also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

Membership in HTNG is open to hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, academics, press and others. Currently nearly 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including most of the world's leading hotel companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. Workgroup proceedings, drafts, and specifications are published for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. Specifications are released to the public domain when the workgroup has completed its work, typically after no more than 18 months. For more information, visit

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