HT-NEXT Dates Announced for 2018


Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) and Hospitality Technology (HT) are collaborating again to host HT-NEXT 2018, a unique conference for the hospitality technology industry.

This event combines the HTNG North American Conference and HT’s Hotel Technology Forum. The 2018 event will take place March 12-14 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego.

HT-NEXT brings together technology leaders and influencers from leading hotel companies spanning IT, finance, marketing, distribution and operations. In 2017, the event attracted 650 hospitality professionals and brought in over 35 percent more hoteliers than both the 2016 HTNG North American Conference and HTF combined. Both of these numbers are expected to grow in 2018.

“The inaugural HT-NEXT was a great success and a testament to the passion today’s hoteliers and solution providers have for true collaboration,” says Abigail Lorden, HT brand director. “Technology needs to be a part of the broader corporate conversation as IT leaders are spearheading initiatives that impact every component of business from operations to the customer-facing experiences that span pre-, during- and post-stay.”

Industry decision makers will attend HT-NEXT to learn about the emerging trends and dig in to work together to solve current industry problems. The program will feature engaging and thought-provoking keynotes, diverse educational and breakout sessions, HTNG workgroups and a technology exhibit hall for attendees to discover cutting-edge solutions. Also, the Hotel Visionary Awards and the HTNG TechOvation Award will be presented again at this year’s event. 

In addition, the 2018 event will add unique education and networking programs, including a new leisure networking event during the day on Tuesday to increase interaction and Innovation Labs focusing on cutting-edge topics. 

“After last year’s successful event, I look forward to a second year of collaboration,” said Michael Blake, CEO of HTNG. “In the spirit of continuous improvement, we have tweaked the schedule to include additional networking events and a more robust program to build on the value for our attendees.”

Hoteliers and sponsors receive full access to the event from March 12 through March
14, with exclusive access Monday, March 12 through lunch on March 13. Conference-wide access to HTNG vendor member attendees begins the afternoon of March 13 through the close of the event on March 14.

A limited number of high-demand sponsorships are available and are expected to sell out. Secure your sponsorship early to ensure exclusive conference access, branding and promotional opportunities. For more information, visit


About Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG)

The premier technology solutions association in the hospitality industry, HTNG is a self-funded, nonprofit organization with members from hospitality companies, technology vendors to hospitality, 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 and also develops new open standards to meet the needs of the global hospitality industry.

Currently more than 400 corporate and individual members from across this spectrum, including world leading hospitality companies and technology vendors, are active HTNG participants. HTNG's Board of Governors, consisting of 23 top IT leaders from hospitality companies around the world, itself has technology responsibility for over 2.5 million guest rooms and world-leading venues. HTNG publishes workgroup proceedings, drafts and specifications for all HTNG members as soon as they are created, encouraging rapid and broad adoption. HTNG releases specifications into the public domain as soon as they are ratified by the workgroups. For more information, visit


About Hospitality Technology 

Hospitality Technology (HT) is the only publication dedicated to covering the role of information technology in improving business performance for hotel and restaurant operators. The Hospitality Technology editorial portfolio includes: a print publication that publishes nine times annually and reaches more than 16,000 hospitality industry executives, three networking and educational events (MURTEC, HT-NEXT and MURTEC Executive Summit), a comprehensive website, e-newsletters, web seminars, and several exclusive annual reports and studies. Visit Hospitality Technology online at Hospitality Technology is published by Chicago-based EnsembleIQ.


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