Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) has implemented additional steps to increase attendees’ comfort level at its upcoming meetings. Co-located are the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) North America and the HFTP Annual Convention, Sept. 27-30, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. In consideration of the ongoing pandemic, health safety guidelines and protocols are in place for the protection of all attendees. This includes a strong-recommendation for attendees to be vaccinated.
“Proof of vaccination will not be required to attend, but there will be many other safety measures implemented,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. “As a global non-profit organization, HFTP has been entrusted with a leadership position in hospitality. We are a politically agnostic, non-medical organization, but we are suggesting our attendees become vaccinated if possible.”
A non-comprehensive list of safety measures planned for HFTP meetings:
- Daily sanitization of the meeting spaces, exhibit halls and common areas
- Social distancing in all meeting spaces
- Unique design of the HITEC trade show floor, including 20-ft. cross aisles
- Face coverings are required
- Minimization of touch areas and products for attendees
- Two on-site first aid centers and an isolation area in case of illness
- Welcome Reception will be in an indoor/outdoor space
- All host hotel staff will be masked
HITEC Dallas has scheduled a four-day education program addressing the biggest industry topics such as emerging technology in F&B, decentralized ID, direct distribution vs. third-parties, hyper-personalization, defining a digital hotel, ethical conundrums in technology, pressing cybersecurity threats and more. In addition, HITEC features an exhibit hall which will host more than 250 solution providers displaying a range of products and services to support the hospitality technology industry.
Co-located with HITEC Dallas is the HFTP Annual Convention with a program that centers on financial management topics for clubs and hotels, along with complementary subjects such as tax law, human resources, leadership development and technology. HITEC Full Conference registrants have access to the convention’s full education program, a unique opportunity to expand the HITEC experience.