Following up on the success and broad support of the 2022 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), preparations are underway for Toronto where the hospitality technology event will be held on June 26–29, 2023 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), HITEC is the largest and oldest nonprofit event of its kind hosting 300+ exhibiting companies and a thoughtfully designed education program with over 50 education sessions. In its five plus decades, HITEC has become a respected, must-attend event for the industry, garnering endorsement from numerous industry associations, with several co-locating events with HITEC Toronto. Many successful companies have been launched at HITEC, with several worth 10s of millions and some worth billions.
“HITEC has established itself as a hub for hospitality technology, acting as a center for related meetings, knowledge sharing, new product releases, innovation demonstrations and more,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE, FIH. “The success and breadth of the event is not singularly pulled off by the HFTP team but is built upon by numerous parties including allied organizations, exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and so many more who participate, with HITEC as the annual focal point for the exploration of hospitality technology.”
Known as the industry’s premier technology event, HITEC draws hospitality professionals from a range of specialties who hold titles in IT, sales and marketing, operations, and finance, including a large percentage with C-level positions. Part of this range comes from the partnering associations who promote HITEC to their members.
Annually co-located with HITEC is the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Americas (HSMAI) Commercial Strategy Week. HSMAI president and CEO Bob Gilbert stated, “HSMAI is proud to continue to partner with HFTP so that the hotel commercial executives attending our events co-located with HITEC can attend and experience the HITEC trade show. For many, this provides them an opportunity to walk the floor with their CIO or CTO colleagues and this only enhances the critical working relationship between revenue and technology executives at a hotel company.”
Also co-located at HITEC is the Annual Conference for the International Hospitality Information Technology Association (iHITA). Dr. Thomas Schrier, president of iHITA, said, "HFTP's unwavering support of iHITA's research initiatives has been a tremendous help over the years and our membership is excited about the upcoming HITEC Toronto and the co-located 2023 iHITA Annual Research Conference. We anticipate the continued participation of top hospitality technology scholars at our conference and look forward to sharing the latest research findings of our members with the attendees.”
In addition, HFTP holds partnerships with several allied industry associations to mutually share knowledge, research and trends across industry sectors.
“ICHRIE is proud to work in partnership with HFTP on behalf of the hospitality industry and values the knowledge and insights that always come from their annual HITEC conference,” said Fran Brasseux, executive director for International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE).
“AAHOA is thankful for the strong, long-term and ongoing relationship with HFTP. As leaders in the hospitality industry, it’s clear that we hold a mutual commitment to understanding the industry's pressing issues and assisting our members in finding solutions to their challenges,” said Neil Patel, CHIA, chairman of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) and a member of the HITEC 2023 Advisory Council.
“AAHOA is a proud partner of HFTP and supporter of HITEC, the world's largest hospitality technology conference,” continued Patel. “HFTP is the leading organization supporting the use of tech in the hospitality industry, and events like HITEC bring thousands of hospitality professionals together to help them gain knowledge, discover the latest trends, and network with others in the same field.”
Partnering with HFTP and HITEC for the first time is Women Leading Travel and Hospitality (WLT&H). “WLT&H is looking forward to working with HITEC and all its industry leaders for the first time! We are looking forward to this year and our organizations’ future partnership,” said Hannah DeMaio, vice president of Brand Strategy for WLT&H and member of the HITEC 2023 Advisory Council.
An allied association of HFTP is the Club Management Association of America (CMAA), which has also endorsed HITEC and its club technology education program and solutions on the show floor. “Across the spectrum of clubs – golf, yacht, city and beyond – I view HITEC Toronto as the foremost conference and expo dedicated to club finance and technology professionals,” said Jeffrey Morgan, FASAE, CAE, president and CEO of CMAA. “The event has an established history as the one stop for gaining knowledge, finding resources and solutions, and showcasing tools for club finance and technology operations.”
HITEC 2023 exhibit space is 83 percent reserved, with general sales open for the remaining space ([email protected]). Registration and hotel reservations will open up in January 2023. For more information about HFTP's events, visit www.hftp.org or contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at [email protected].
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in the EU and Middle East. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues, and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world's largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. In addition, it oversees the hospitality-specific Pineapplesearch.com® and the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI). For more information about HFTP, visit www.hftp.org. For the latest news, visit the HFTP News page at news.hftp.org and the HFTP Connect blog at blog.hftp.org.