HOSPA – the Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT Professionals Association – is delighted to announce that it has formed a 'Joint Membership Agreement' with Chicago-based Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), the global trade association dedicated to defining technology solutions and their deployment in hotels.
HOSPA and its IT Community believe there is much to be gained from the reciprocal membership agreement with HTNG. The joint agreement enables HOSPA members – both corporate and individual – to become HTNG members as well by upgrading their membership and paying a 'top-up' membership fee, in the region of an extra £145 per year. Last week, The Royal Automobile Club became the first HOSPA Corporate Member to take up the offer.
Commenting on the HTNG agreement, HOSPA Chief Executive Carl Weldon said: "We are delighted by the joint membership agreement with HTNG. It provides an invaluable, additional opportunity for HOSPA members – especially those in hospitality IT, who continuously need technical information and updates in a fast changing technological world. The global benefits created by HTNG membership include: access to HTNG technical information, specifications, workgroups, and major conferences in Europe.
"Vice-versa for an additional HOSPA membership fee, HTNG members can benefit from HOSPA's Professional Development and Education Training Programmes; our monthly magazine 'The Overview'; the HOSPA Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT Communities and their topical events; regular London and regional membership meetings; as well as our major annual Conference and Exhibition, HOSPACE, and its unrivalled networking opportunities.
"We are very pleased to welcome The Royal Automobile Club as the first HOSPA Corporate Member to take advantage of this exciting new initiative with HTNG."
Bryan Steele, Head of IT, The Royal Automobile Club, and Chairman of the HOSPA IT Community, added: "We are very pleased to become the first HOSPA Corporate Member to take up the offer, with a number of our IT members also joining HTNG. This gives key members of the team access to the rich technical library and workgroups for which HTNG is renowned. We see this as a great additional resource, from which our small IT team will benefit."About Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG)
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, 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 and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.
Currently more than 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. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 21 top IT leaders from hotel companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for 3.5 million guest rooms. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit www.htng.org.
HOSPA - the Hospitality Professionals Association - is a not-for-profit educational organisation, formed to bring together professionals involved in all things commercial within the hospitality industry in the UK. HOSPA is recognised as the UK's authoritative voice in the hospitality industry on financial management, technical accounting issues, as well as the leading arena for debate on investments, hospitality technology developments, revenue management and marketing. HOSPA's Professional Development Programmes provide rigorous and relevant education for all those seeking to further their careers in these important functions. It will also be launching its new course in Asset Management in September 2020. A regular programme of workshops and seminars provides the perfect opportunity for members to continue to develop their knowledge and network with colleagues. HOSPA is on all major social media channels, including Twitter on @HOSPATweets. For more information, visit: www.hospa.org