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By Abigail A. Lorden - 06/10/2008

We all know that consumer discretionary spending is down, and the hospitality industry will certainly feel some affects as summer travelers choose to stay closer to home, or spend less over the course of their vacations. Despite these trends, Hospitality Technology continues to see growth and success for its readers and the IT vendor community.

The hospitality industry is in the midst of an innovation and service-excellence upswing, and new technology tools and strategies hit the marketplace on a daily basis. HT is tuned-in to these trends, and is launching several targeted tools to help its readers stay abreast of changes in the industry.

Following the successful re-launch of htmagazine.com this past March (which lead to an increase in website traffic by a factor of 10), we're excited to announce the launch of an e-newsletter geared specifically towards the point of service. You've told us how important point of service news is to your business by making POS the top most searched term on our website. Beginning this summer, look for the POS Zone newsletter to land in your e-mail inboxes, with exclusive feature stories, industry news, and the latest updates from the vendor community. Sign up online at www.htmagazine.com today.

ÃÆ'Ã.‚¬å¡ Payment security continues to be another hot-button topic with readers in both the hotel and restaurant segments. HT is bringing you a new special report in September called PCI: Roadmap to Real World Security. To help operators overcome pain points and challenges in their quest to accomplish payment security.

We look forward to welcoming restaurant executives to the fourth annual Restaurant Executive Summit this September where the theme, "Growth Horizon," will focus on ways restaurants can position themselves for growth in a dynamic economic climate.

The support of our readers and the technology vendor community make these educational tools possible. For that, we offer our sincerest thanks and look forward to bringing you more of the most up-to-date news and trends, in print, in person and online.

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