The Top Stories You Missed at HITEC 2008

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The Top Stories You Missed at HITEC 2008

One of the lodging industry's largest IT trade shows, HITEC (Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition Conference) is primetime for lodging technology vendors to release new products and announce customer implementations. For those industry executives not among the 5,200 in attendance at this year's show in Austin, Texas, Hospitality Technology offer this roundup of some of the top news stories you missed from the show floor.

Held June 16-19 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, the exposition and conference had more than 300 exhibiting companies and 40 educational sessions. For complete HITEC show headlines, visit

Mandarin Oriental Gets World-Wide Business Intel
Mandarin Oriental Hotels announces the world-wide installation of Datavision Technologies' business intelligence suite.

Omni Hotels Plans Central Res System Overhaul
Omni Hotels announces plans to enhance its brand-wide reservation system with the OPERA enterprise solution from Micros Systems, Inc.

Dolce International Selects Guest Review Tracker
Dolce International joins the growing list of companies that have selected the Avalon Buzz Report to deliver on-demand monitoring functionality to hotels in their collection.

Newmarket Launches CRM Solution
Newmarket International, Inc. announces Newmarket Connex for Microsoft Dynamics CRM, a solution allowing hospitality professionals in the central sales office to manage and source groups and meetings business from directly within Microsoft Dynamics CRM to their individual properties.

Enrich Launches RFID-Enabled Hotel Cashless Payment Solution
Enrich Systems launches AlohaPay, an RFID enabled cashless payment system, which allows hotel guests to charge purchases made anywhere to their hotel account by integrating hotel property management systems with retail and restaurant outlets.

NxTV Announces Converged Entertainment and Connectivity Platform
NxTV, Inc., a provider of Internet Protocol Video on Demand (IPVoD), premieres a new converged platform capable of offering various forms of interactive IP-based in-room entertainment and communications services to hotels and consumers.

Merchant Warehouse Provides Solution for PCI Compliant Flaw
Merchant Warehouse, a provider of merchant accounts and credit card processing solutions for small- and mid-sized businesses, unveils a solution that will greatly reduce the possibility of cardholder data loss in the event of a network security breach. The new product, MerchantWARE, also makes complying with the payment card industry data security standards (PCI DSS) much simpler and more affordable.