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Press Release 6 August 2020

Hospitality Net Celebrates 25 Years as the Leading Global Industry Resource for Hotel and Travel

#1 B2B news site celebrates a milestone anniversary, paying tribute to long-time partnerships, a loyal membership base, and industry experts

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Maastricht, Netherlands - Hospitality Net™, a widely celebrated and respected media outlet for hotel industry news, opinion & intelligence, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. According to Alexa Rankings, Hospitality Net is the #1 ranked, global hospitality website that delivers industry B2B-driven content that effectively captures the essence of hospitality and educates readers.

In 1995, when the internet was still in its infancy, Hospitality Net founder Henri Roelings saw an opportunity for distribution innovation. After graduating from Lausanne Hotelschool and working for Accor's IT Division in Paris, Henri set out to launch hospitalitynet.nl in 1995, as a reference site linking to relevant resources for professionals in the hospitality industry. In 1998, Henri was joined by current CTO, Davy Schoon, and, together, the pair launched Hsyndicate.org in 2000. The development of Hsyndicate.org was especially monumental for our industry, as it represented the first content distribution platform to come to market, effectively serving B2B intelligence to the top-20 hotel groups. This was, as Henri and Davy would soon realize, only the beginning.

In 2002, the Hsyndicate team went on to launch the first virtual technology exhibition and conference, ONHTEC.com, in collaboration with their long-time industry partner, HFTP. These strategic partnerships have played a pivotal role in the continued evolution of Hospitality Net's offerings and position as both a distribution platform and a revenue optimization tool.

"Working with the Hospitality Net Team has always been enlightening and rewarding," says Frank Wolfe, HFTP CEO. "Our partnership has allowed us to create and celebrate many firsts, such as ONHTEC.com, as well as Pineapplesearch.com and HotelSchools.com."

Bob Gilbert, the CEO of HSMAI, shares this belief, identifying Hospitality Net as an important content partner for HSMAI through the years. "It curated content in sales, marketing, and revenue optimization before curating was on anyone else's radar as a valuable tool for synthesizing sources," he explains. "Hospitality Net has always been ahead of its time."
In 2006, HFTP aligned with Hospitality Net once again to support the creation of wiwih.com; envisioning a sought after social networking space for hotel professionals in the early days of Facebook and LinkedIn. It was precisely this foresight and intuition into the unique needs of hospitality professionals that have established Hospitality Net as a market leader, which provides an unparalleled, global perspective of the industry at large.

Citing the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wolfe notes, "HFTP is incredibly grateful for the support which Hospitality Net has provided in the form of Cyber HITEC sponsorship, and donating services during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Although the global pandemic has, undoubtedly, created no shortage of unique challenges for hoteliers, hotel brands, and travel companies, Hospitality Net has remained an indispensable resource for support and guidance through crises. Providing access to the best content available from hotel industry experts around the globe, Hospitality Net continues to set the industry standard for innovative publishing and distribution.

"I am grateful and proud of what we have accomplished over the last 25 years, and much of that momentum can be attributed to our team, our loyal membership base, and our long-time industry partners and the many contributing industry-experts,"
said Henri. "We've enjoyed significant growth as a company, we've seen changes and trends in the hospitality marketplace, and we've all weathered more than a couple of storms over the years. When we finally emerge from this pandemic, we will look forward to an exciting company-wide anniversary celebration."

Curious about Hospitality Net's timeline? Check it out here!
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About Hospitality Net

Hospitality Net, powered by Hsyndicate, is the #1 ranked website for the global hospitality community. Recognized as the most influential industry trade publication, Hospitality Net attracts the largest number of unique visitors, page views and targeted subscribers through its unparalleled network of sites and partners. Since its inception in 1999, Hospitality Net has been regarded as the most trusted source for industry leaders and experts to connect, share, and learn. Content is distributed to a network of partner sites and associations including HFTP, HSMAI, and HITEC, and supports all facets of the business including opinion articles, press releases, appointments, events, job openings, webinars, reports, sponsored content, and digital advertising. Hospitality Net has the most innovative publishing and distribution technology, as well as robust reporting capabilities to ensure clients can maximize their marketing ROI and measure their success. To learn more visit hospitalitynet.org.

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