Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) has finalized an event management agreement with longtime partner Hospitality Upgrade to help coordinate the annual Executive Vendor Summit and CIO Summit, founded by Hospitality Upgrade in 2002. This agreement kicked-off with the 2023 Executive Vendor Summit, which was held last week at The Loews Hotel in New Orleans, La. from March 29–31. HFTP has been a sponsor of the Summits from their beginning and recently the association has contributed its event planning expertise to both events. This recent agreement extends this collaboration through 2026.
“The Executive Vendor Summit and the CIO Summit have built reputations as essential C-Level industry networking events where Hospitality Upgrade has done a phenomenal job supplying stellar education and out-of-the-box networking activities,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. “It is such a unique experience for the attendees, and now by combining our organizations’ reputations and skill sets, our goal is to deliver a memorable experience.”
The 2023 Executive Vendor Summit was an invitation-only, two-day conference that offered a rare combination of networking, educational programming and immersive social events for C-level executives from the world’s finest hospitality technology suppliers. The Summit presents a relaxed atmosphere, with no customers and no selling. Session topics covered digital disruption, mitigating risk, acquisitions, legal Q&A, technology risks and rumors, and more. Outside of the education programming, attendees were treated to fun social events, including a swamp tour and Mississippi River cruise.
The management agreement also includes coordination of the CIO Summit held in early September each year. The CIO Summit is a two-day conference that offers a unique combination of networking, program and immersive social events for C-level technology executives. Participation is limited to the “who’s who” of technology leaders at major hotels, casinos, cruise lines, management and timeshare companies, allowing the industry’s best, small peer networking experience.
“We’re grateful for the success we’ve seen over the last three decades especially with our events, and we anticipate even greater things to come,” said Rich Siegel, founder and publisher of Hospitality Upgrade. “HFTP is a great partner and we appreciate the expertise and resources their team brings to our highly focused events.”
HFTP and Hospitality Upgrade are long-time allied partners working together to develop hospitality technology information and resources. Hospitality Upgrade is the exclusive technology magazine for HFTP and sponsor of HFTP events such as HITEC and the HFTP Annual Convention. HFTP has been a sponsor of Hospitality Upgrade events such as the CIO Summit and the Executive Vendor Summit since their launch.
About Hospitality Upgrade
Hospitality Upgrade has covered technology trends and product information in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. Regular features include in-depth analyses by industry thought leaders, interviews with top hotel and gaming executives, articles about products and trends, and profiles of the industry’s premier solution providers. Reaching an audience of more than 30,000 readers in 48 countries, the magazine also sponsors two annual events, the Executive Vendor Summit and the CIO Summit. Hospitality Upgrade is owned by Siegel Communications, Inc., along with its sister company Hotel Online, the premier daily news site for the hospitality industry. For more information, visit www.hospitalityupgrade.com.
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.