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AUSTIN, TX -- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), announced today they are laying the groundwork to further globally expand the HITEC brand by also producing HITEC India and HITEC Asia. These educational events, HITEC India and HITEC Asia will follow the tremendously successful HITEC brand that launched in North America in 1972. HFTP’s North American version HITEC Toronto, the largest HITEC of 2017, will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

"Expanding HITEC to India and Asia has been a goal HFTP has worked towards for several years.  It’s time that we moved from the goal stage to the planning stage," says HFTP International President, Lyle Worthington, CHTP, and CIO of The Student Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. "As a global association with members spanning six continents, we believe that the expansion of HITEC will be an opportunity to build the exchange of information within the hospitality technology community, which has gained immense importance within the industry."

After HFTP’s strategic planning conference in Amsterdam, HFTP has added many new benefits for its members this year. Expanding its club segment education to include a Club Engagement Conference in April of 2018, a new Hospitality Data Protection Officer program, development of new performance indicators for clubs, new chapters of the association, and finalizing a research center located in Dubai later this month.

“As a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the industry, HFTP continues to respond to its stakeholder’s requests’ for meaningful projects that expand the industry” says Frank Wolfe, CEO.  Unlike other educational organizations that operate for profit, HFTP events are planned by our volunteers and executed by our paid staff.  It is this recipe that makes our events so successful.  Our education is planned by the industry, for the industry, and the proceeds go back to the industry.”

Further new plans and programs will be prioritized during the upcoming HFTP Board of Directors meeting held in Toronto following HITEC.  More details will be published late September prior to HFTP’s 65th Anniversary and Annual Convention in Orlando, FL, USA, October.

About HFTP

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email

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