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HSMAI Announces Robust Calendar of 2018 Events

McLean, VA -- The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is pleased to announce its full schedule of events for 2018. The events to be offered to hotel professionals and their partners through HSMAI Americas in 2018 will feature educational opportunities such as conferences and roundtables in addition to multifaceted-events recognizing noteworthy achievements in sales, marketing, and revenue optimization within the hospitality industry.

What Happens After Something Happens?

By Marianne Varkiani - Social Media & Communications Specialist at GBTA

The coordination of response and recovery efforts is one of the most complex situations an organization can face and reiterates the critical importance of being prepared and having a plan in place. GBTA Risk Committee Chair Erin Wilk was recently joined by iJET International's George Taylor and Carnival Corporation & plc's Nina Markowitz, two industry leaders who were involved in response and evacuation efforts during the recent hurricanes.

Hotel Innovators Educate Lawmakers on Capitol Hill, Urge Support for Stop Online Booking Scams Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Innovation and e-commerce leaders from hotels across the country, led by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), will convene on Capitol Hill today to educate lawmakers about innovation in the hotel and lodging industry and how to best protect consumers against online hotel booking scams.

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow Says Addressing Falling Inbound Travel Needs to Become a National Priority

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow reacted to new government data showing a 3.9 percent overall decline in international inbound travel to the U.S. through June of this year:"The latest government travel data is deeply concerning not just to our industry, but to anyone who cares about the economic well-being of the United States.

HFTP and Naseba Set New Standard in The Middle East with HITEC Dubai

Co-produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) and Naseba, more than 600 hospitality technology professionals came together for the inaugural HITEC Dubai. The event served as a regional, Middle Eastern counterpart to HFTP's 45-year-old Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) - the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand.

Her future will be tougher than my past

By Carson Booth - C-Suite Technology Strategist at HFTP

We humans have always dealt with new technologies, and for the most part, we have welcomed them because they have made our lives easier, better, longer, healthier, more enjoyable.... But 17 years into 21st century, the sheer pace of technological change is absolutely dizzying - and only likely to accelerate even more, causing disruptions and upheavals in every part of our lives.