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HOSPITALITY: HFTP and NASEBA Announce HITEC Dubai 2017 Advisory Council


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THE 20-member council met at Jumeirah Group's headquarters in preparation for HITEC Dubai, the region's largest hospitality technology showcase

Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), the world's largest hospitality technology conference brand, will be coming to Dubai, UAE on November 14-15, 2017 at the Conrad Dubai. Produced in partnership by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), the only organization producing nonprofit hospitality events at an international level, and Naseba, HITEC Dubai is set to be the region's largest hospitality technology showcase hosting over 500 leading hospitality decision makers and technology vendors. HITEC Dubai is an extension of HFTP's tremendously successful HITEC, which just completed its 45th year.

To plan the event's educational program, an advisory council of experts with over 200 years of combined industry experience has been formed. The council met on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Jumeirah offices in the Dubai Design District to discuss and design an agenda that is most relevant to the Middle East's challenges, needs and upcoming hospitality technology trends.

Nancy Wolff, Senior Vice President of technology at Jumeirah Group is the chairwoman of the HITEC Dubai advisory council, and spearheaded the kick-off meeting. “Chairing the council for the first HITEC Dubai is a privilege I do not take lightly. Our kick-off meeting was a crucial first step for discussing with peers what technology opportunities really matter in this region. The entire Advisory Council is committed to bringing tangible value to each and every participant.”

The other members of the council are senior executives from leading local and global chains, and the solution providers segment:

Nigel Hattersley, Senior Director of IT MEA, Marriot International
Radi Karnib, Senior Director of IT MEA and Turkey, Hilton Worldwide
Iftikhar Hamdani, Cluster General Manager, Ramada Hotel and Suites
, Senior Vice President of Operations and Development for VoivenelLaurent MEA and India, Swiss-Belhotel
Mahmoud Kamal, Chief Information Officer, Al Habtoor Group
Dubai Dubai Chapter president, HFTP Islam, AmirulMd Parks and Resorts
Mohamed Rizwan, IT Director, JW Marriott
Yazan Sabelaish, Director of IT, Four Seasons Hotels Dubai
Emilio Dragas, CEO, m3connect
Naveen Bharadwaj, Production Director, Naseba
Angela Dowell, Meetings and Events Manager, HFTP
Nicholas Watson, Managing Director, Naseba
Frank Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer, HFTP
Khushru Siganporia, Director IT, Taj Hotels
Fraidy Pinto, Area IT Director of Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
Jai Govindani, Chief Technology Officer, Red Planet Hotels
Lijo Mathew Kankapadan, Corporate Director, Emaar
Linda Griffin, Group General Manager, Jumeirah Group
Samir Abi Frem, Corporate Vice President, Rotana Group
Sanjay Nadkarni, Director of Research and Innovation, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management

"The Middle East hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing in the world," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "Combining HFTP's 65 years of hospitality finance and technology education, regional expertise from an industry advisory council and Naseba deal facilitation will create the ultimate hospitality information exchange that the region has experienced thus far."

Some of the most important topics identified include: bandwidth and HSI, power of data analytics and intelligence, intuitive technologies, sustainable technologies and the future of management systems. There were also deliberations on the use of robotics, ethical implications of AI, blockchain and the rising risk of cyber-attacks.

Production Director of Naseba and HITEC Dubai, Naveen Bharadwaj noted: "Dubai is the regional leader of hospitality and an epitome of innovation. By bringing HITEC to Dubai and working with the expert advisory council, HFTP and Naseba aim to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and deal flow amongst hoteliers and hospitality technology providers."

HITEC Dubai will feature an expo floor for exhibitors to showcase their latest solutions; and a summit floor for panel discussions, tech talks and pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings between pre-qualified hoteliers and cutting technology providers.

So far, over 40 sponsors and exhibitors have confirmed their attendance at the event. With more than 500 hospitality stakeholders in attendance, the event is set to be the Middle East's largest hospitality technology showcase and deal flow platform.

For more inforamtion contact Sharath Ravi on +971 44 55 79 56

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