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Raman (R.P.) Rama Receives Most Valued Global Technology Professional Award from China Hospitality Technology Alliance


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, and Asian American Hotel Owners Association Member and President of Sarona Holdings Receives Most Valued Global Technology Professional Award From China Hospitality Technology Alliance (CHTA) CEO Jing Zhu in Tokyo Japan at the Global CHTA Conference.

November marked a special moment for innovation as China Hospitality Technology Alliance celebrated its fifth anniversary this month, hosting the Transforming 2017 Global Leadership Summit in mesmerizing Tokyo for the occasion. Mr. Rama participated on a panel discussion on Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Internet of Things (iOT) and BlockChain as it relates to the hospitality Industry. Leading hoteliers, tech providers, and emerging startups from Asia, Europe, and the Americas gathered alongside top investment, media, and advisory figures for this three-day conference focusing on the past year’s developments supporting a more connected future in travel. Set amid the autumn beauty of downtown Tokyo’s Happoen Garden, the event proved a vibrant forum for the latest trends and changes in the industry, with special emphasis on cross-border innovation arising in China’s tech-forward marketplace.  As well as two full days of keynote talks and panel discussions with experts in fields including big data, AI, and the sharing economy, Transforming 2017 featured presentations from rising stars at Plug and Play’s Startup Accelerator Program chosen to pitch their platforms to an audience of industry leaders. Following a group tour of mobile giant Rakuten’s Tokyo headquarters the gathering closed on a festive note with CHTA’s annual Most Valued Awards party.


With gratitude for their contributions, each year CHTA recognizes leaders and companies in the hospitality and travel industry who have gone above and beyond to help connect future travelers.

Of the hundreds first selected in August, a shortlist of 22 enterprises and 15 individuals chosen by committee in October received the call up to the final vote in Tokyo at Transforming 2017.

CHTA was proud to introduce these winners chosen for their excellence and incredible impact on the evolution of our industry during the past year.

Most Valued Individual Recipients

The Most Valued Individual award is extended on a global basis to candidates currently working in hotels or companies providing travel services to guests. They shall have made outstanding contributions creating value for their enterprises through the use of innovative tools, operation processes, and platforms to create new business models, boost revenue streams, reduce operating costs, improve efficiency, and promote brand awareness for their companies.

From USA The Award was Presented to:

Raman (R.P.) Rama, President, Sarona Holdings and Premier Management Services

Frank Wolfe, CEO of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), HITEC

“I am honored to be recognized by the Global Hospitality Community and I am humbled with this honor.  Knowledge sharing and networking with professionals across the Globe has been very rewarding to bring and implement the best in the industry to better processes and productivity for customer service and for the guests to be more connected,” Raman (R.P.) Rama.

Most Valued Enterprise Recipients

The Most Valued Enterprise award is extended on a global basis to groups providing accommodation, transport, or other travel services to guests in categories including hotel and resort, bed and breakfast, serviced apartment, shared accommodation or shared transportation, travel agency, food and beverage, and retail. They shall have made outstanding achievements in business aspects including guest experience enhancement, operation cost reduction, productivity improvement, revenue increase, and creative business model enhancement.

From the USA the Award was Presented to the Following Companies:

Hyatt Hotels Received by Mr. Jeff Bzdawka, Senior VP of Global Operations

HFTP Received by Mr. Frank Wolfe, CEO

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