Agenda and Speakers Set for Hotel Technology Next Generation’s (HTNG) Inaugural Members Meeting in Dubai, May 15-16, 2011

  • HTNG
  • 04.27.11
Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) marks a major milestone in its growth next month, with its first-ever Members’ Meeting in the Middle East region.

HTNG’s annual events in North America, Europe and Asia are well known for drawing top-level speakers and attendees from the entire hotel technology community.  The program scheduled for the Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel in Dubai on May 15-16 will continue this tradition. 
As a non-profit organization run by top hotel IT executives for the benefit of hotels and their technology vendors, HTNG understands the issues hotel technologists face.  This year’s planned agenda provides thought leadership presentations and panel sessions on important hospitality technology issues—future trends, credit card security, social media/networking, guestroom technologies, cloud computing and bandwidth usage trends.

The program and speaker lineup include:

  • Forrester’s Director of Consulting Services Azzam Al Dari on e-business
  • InterContinental Hotels Group’s Director of Technology Ali Saeb on social networking
  • Jumeirah CEO Guy Crawford on the state of hospitality in the Middle East and the role of technology
  • Atlantis CIO Joe Tesfai on technology for new hotel openings
  • A CIO/IT Leadership Panel including Taj Group SVP/CIO Prakash Shukla, Jumeirah VP Floor Bleeker, Mercator (Emirates Airlines IT) Vice President Duncan Alexander, and cross-industry perspective from other CIO level participants pending final confirmation
  • Deloitte & Touch Senior Manager Saqib Chaudhry, and Director Nidal Tewabi on PCI
  • Top Australian hotel technology consultant Ted Horner moderating a session on guestroom technologies, to include noted consultant Fraser Hickox (retired general manager of research and technology for Peninsula Hotels) and others
  • New iBAHN research on bandwidth usage in hotels, presented by iBAHN consultant and Jireh-Tek Managing Director Bryan Steele
  • Jumeirah VP of IT David Teklit on cloud computing

For more information or to register, visit  Vendors who are not currently members of HTNG should contact HTNG for information about attending.  A limited number of sponsorship opportunities remain available.

A 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, and other industry members including 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.  Where necessary, it also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

Membership in HTNG is open to hotel and hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, consultants, academics, press and others.   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 Directors alone represents more than 2.3 million guestrooms. Workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications are published for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption.  Specifications are released to the public domain as they are ratified by the workgroup.

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