September 20, 2007 09:50 ET

HFTP Announces New Changes to HITEC 2008 Schedule

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - September 20, 2007) - In response to attendee feedback, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) announced today that, for the first time, the Opening Session and Welcome Reception of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) will be moved to Monday and will still keep a general session on Tuesday morning. The rest of the HITEC schedule will remain similar to pervious HITECs. HITEC 2008 is scheduled for June 16-19 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas.

The Opening Session and Welcome Reception will take place on Monday evening at the Austin Convention Center. The Opening Session, starting at 4:30 p.m., will include a presentation from a highly regarded hospitality industry professional. The Welcome Reception will start at 6 p.m., immediately following the Opening Session. HITEC, which always runs Monday through Thursday, traditionally holds the Opening Session on Tuesday morning, with the Welcome Reception following that evening.

"Attendees expressed interest in rearranging the HITEC schedule and so the HITEC Advisory Council is responding," said David Sjolander, CHTP, VP of hotel information systems for Carlson Hospitality Corporation and HITEC 2008 Advisory Council chair. "We believe the new schedule will be an easy transition from the traditional HITEC format, and allows us the opportunity to provide an additional general session with a high-profile speaker."

HITEC 2008 will still have a general session on Tuesday morning, as well as another general session on Thursday afternoon to close the show. The HITEC Advisory Council is soliciting suggestions for general session speakers. Recommendations for high profile speakers in the hospitality industry should be sent to


HITEC, produced by HFTP, is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference. It offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology education, led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled trade show showcasing the latest hospitality technology products and services from over 300 companies. For more information, visit

About HFTP

HFTP, founded in 1952, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs, and other hospitality-related businesses. HFTP provides first class educational opportunities to more than 4,600 members globally, including the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC. HFTP also awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations.

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