The Hotel Yearbook launches its 5th annual look at hotel technology trends, featuring articles by 21 of the industry’s thought leaders

9 November 2017
The Hotel Yearbook launches its 5th annual look at hotel technology trends, featuring articles by 23 of the industry’s thought leaders

Released exclusively as an e-book, The Hotel Yearbook 2018 – Technology features contributions from two dozen opinion leaders around the world on the outlook for technological change and innovation in several key areas affecting the future success of the hotel business.

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – 9 November 2017 - Wade & Co. SA, the Swiss-based publisher of The Hotel Yearbook, a family of annual compendiums of expert opinion and insights on the future of the hotel industry, announces the launch of The Hotel Yearbook 2018–Technology, its fifth Special Edition focused exclusively on the changing technology landscape in the world of hospitality.

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"The editorial concept of all of the editions within The Hotel Yearbook family is to bring together senior hotel industry executives, recognized experts and thought leaders from every part of the industry to write about trends and innovation in the global hotel business," said Woody Wade, co-publisher. "This latest edition on technology covers a very wide range of technology issues, from machine learning, cybersecurity, Blockchain technology to the new data protection laws we will be dealing with soon. Its wide range means that there is something in it for everyone concerned with integrating technology in their operations."

Underscoring its focus on innovation, The Hotel Yearbook 2018 – Technology includes a special section featuring 16 hospitality start-ups, each making use of different tech approaches to provide creative solutions to hospitality challenges.

Taking on the role of Guest Editor-in-Chief this year was Lyle Worthington, CIO at The Student Hotel in Amsterdam and immediate Past-President of HFTP Global. Henri Roelings, founder & CEO of Hsyndicate and co-publisher of The Hotel Yearbook, said: "Lyle's understanding of the industry's tech challenges gave him an edge in putting this issue together, and he was able to call on thought leaders and practitioners to contribute their thoughts to the edition."

"2017 has been a pivotal year for hospitality technology," said Lyle. "This edition of Hotel Yearbook is a great snapshot of what has happened, how we've adapted, and what we need to be focusing on in the future. It was a privilege to serve as the Guest Editor of this edition and work with some of the great minds in our industry."

The Hotel Yearbook 2018 – Technology is published with two partners, the professional association HFTP (Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals) and Hsyndicate, a provider of online industry intelligence based in the Netherlands.

Frank Wolfe, CEO of HFTP, said, "As part of its core purpose, HFTP actively supports collaborations among the industry's professionals so that ideas can build and innovations can continue. We understand that it is crucial to bring great minds together, and that is exactly what The Hotel Yearbook does. We are proud to partner with them again in 2018."

Technological changes will affect almost everything in the hospitality space – and very quickly. That is why The Hotel Yearbook 2018 – Technology is a must read for managers or aspiring managers. The publication was launched on 9 November. Copies are available only online at

The Hotel Yearbook launches its 5th annual look at hotel technology trends, featuring articles by 21 of the industry’s thought leaders

About The Hotel Yearbook

The Hotel Yearbook is a family of publications that call upon a wide-ranging group of senior executives, analysts, consultants and opinion leaders from all over the world to ask, "What lies ahead for the global hotel industry?" In The Hotel Yearbook – whether it is the highly respected annual edition or any of the special editions focusing on such critically important themes as technology, talent development, or the digital world – our forward-looking contributors share with readers the key trends and developments that they believe could have an impact on the performance of the hotel industry in the future. Visit

About HFTP

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine,®.

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