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January 12, 2018

HOSPITALITY EVENTS



- Cal Ripken Jr. Announced by Agilysys as Guest Speaker at the 2018 Inspire User Conference and Executive Summit
- HFTP Now Accepting Applications for Entrepreneur 20X at HITEC Houston 2018
- HITEC Houston Online Registration and Housing Bureau Open; Advisory Council Announced
- HSMAI Honors 2017 Top 25 Extraordinary Minds
- HSMAI Announces Robust Calendar of 2018 Events
- It All Starts with Strategy at HSMAI’s Digital Marketing Strategy Conference
- Raman (R. P.) Rama Receives Most Valued Global Technology Professional AWard from China Hospitality Technology Alliance  
- 2018 HEDNA Conference in Austin Attracts Global Industry Leaders & Attendees
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Cal Ripken Jr. Announced by Agilysys as Guest Speaker at the 2018 Inspire User Conference and Executive Summit
Agilysys, Inc., a leading global provider of next-generation hospitality software solutions and services, announced that baseball’s “Iron Man” Cal Ripken Jr. will be a guest speaker at the upcoming Inspire User Conference and Executive Summit, hosted annually by Agilysys. The industry-leading event is designed to help attendees build guest loyalty, grow revenue and learn how to protect their technology investment with new Agilysys products and capabilities. Cal Ripken Jr. will deliver a presentation filled with stories from his baseball career showing how perseverance, endurance and everyday work ethic are essential elements in the business world as well as on the baseball field.
http://www.agilysys.com/
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HFTP Now Accepting Applications for Entrepreneur 20X at HITEC Houston 2018
Back by popular demand, international nonprofit Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is proud to host its innovation pitch competition, Entrepreneur 20X (E20X), at its hospitality technology exposition in 2018. HFTP is currently accepting applications online from hospitality startups who wish to compete in E20X at HITEC® Houston this June. Past applicants and winners are welcome to re-apply as long as they are still considered Series A or a startup.
http://www.hitec.org, https://hftp.org/
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HITEC Houston Online Registration and Housing Bureau Open; Advisory Council Announced
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), producers of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®), announced that attendee registration for its HITEC Houston is now available online as well as hotel reservations. Selected by HFTP leadership for their experience and expertise, the HITEC Houston Advisory Council will determine the event’s education program. HITEC Houston will be the second, and largest, HITEC event of 2018, and will take place from June 18-21 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
https://hftp.org/
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HSMAI Honors 2017 Top 25 Extraordinary Minds
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), has named 25 hospitality professionals as the 2017 HSMAI Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales, Marketing, and Revenue Optimization. The honorees will be celebrated during the HSMAI Adrian Awards Dinner Reception & Gala on February 20, 2018, at the New York Marriott Marquis. The HSMAI Top 25 Americas awards recognize leaders in sales, marketing and revenue optimization of hospitality, travel and tourism organizations for their accomplishments in the preceding 18 months.
https://hsmai.org/
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HSMAI Announces Robust Calendar of 2018 Events
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) announced its full schedule of events for 2018. The events are offered to hotel professionals and their partners through HSMAI Americas in 2018, and 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.
https://hsmai.org/
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It All Starts with Strategy at HSMAI’s Digital Marketing Strategy Conference
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) announced that the 2018 HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy Conference will take place Feb. 21 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Focusing on strategy and innovative solutions, the event will bring together senior leaders in hotel marketing and their partners for thought-provoking conversations, presentations with practical applications, and the latest tools and insights to drive revenue and engage guests. HSMAI’s 2018 Digital Marketing Strategy Conference will be held the day after the HSMAI Adrian Awards Gala.
https://hsmai.org/
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Raman (R. P.) Rama Receives Most Valued Global Technology Professional Award from China Hospitality Technology Alliance  
China Hospitality Technology Alliance (CHTA) celebrated its fifth anniversary recently, hosting the Transforming 2017 Global Leadership Summit in Tokyo for the occasion. Raman (R. P.) Rama, B. Com, CHA Emeritus, CHAE, CHTP, Hospitality Financial & Technology (HFTP) past president, South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association executive committee member, Asian American Hotel Owners Association member, and president of Sarona Holdings, received the Most Valued Global Technology Professional Award From CHTA CEO Jing Zhu at the event. Each year CHTA recognizes leaders and companies in the hospitality and travel industry who have gone above and beyond to help connect future travelers.
http://www.saronaholdings.com
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2018 HEDNA Conference in Austin Attracts Global Industry Leaders & Attendees
HEDNA (the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association) is gearing up to host the Global Distribution Conference from January 29 - 31, 2018. Leaders and experts from across the globe will meet in Austin, Texas, for three days of technology and industry-focused keynotes, networking, breakout sessions and discussions.
http://www.hedna.org
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