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Last chance to book for 2008 BAHA annual conference and IT exhibition
"We are delighted to welcome three such distinguished industry figures to address our 3rd annual BAHA Conference and IT Exhibition, which takes place at such a critical time for the financial world and the global economy," said Carl Weldon, Chief Executive of BAHA. "Delegates will be able to benefit from their vast array of experience and expertise. "Surinder Arora and Paul Slattery will be addressing the conference on the opening morning - Wednesday 5 November; and Sir David Michels, formerly Group Chief Executive of Hilton International and prior to that Chief Executive of Stakis, will be getting the second day of the conference off to a flying start."
The conference themes will include:
One of the many highlights of the conference will take place on the opening day when, at 11.30am, four of the UK hospitality industry's leading practitioners and environmental experts will take part in a major topical Panel Forum - entitled ‘Managing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - the Impact on Profit'. The four distinguished panellists will be: David Clarke, Chief Executive of Best Western Hotels; Peter Ducker, Founder of the Hotel Carbon Index Company - the organisation behind CarePar (Carbon Emission Per Available Room) which is an industry standard classification across the lodging and event sector; Paul Brackley, General Manager, the Crowne Plaza London - the City; and Dr Rebecca Hawkins, Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, Leeds Metropolitan University, Director of CESHI and Project Director for the Considerate Hoteliers Association.
Another is on the technology front, where BAHA is delighted to welcome representatives of its US-based strategic partner Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), who will be addressing delegates on hot hospitality technology topics.
"We are delighted to welcome such distinguished international experts in the field of hospitality technology to address the BAHA Conference and IT Exhibition," said Carl Weldon. "The conference focuses on managing to sustain future profitability and the knowledge HFTP representatives posses in the future of hospitality technology is a great asset to the conference."
Following the widespread interest created at the 2007 BAHA Annual Conference, HFTP Chief Executive Frank Wolfe, CAE, will again be presenting the latest version of G2X's (GUESTROOM 20X) futuristic model hotel room - which was unveiled in June at the 2008 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) in Austin, Texas. The latest version of G2X includes more than 40 technologies that include a voice recognition alarm clock set by speaking to it instead of punching buttons; a virtual library of the latest best-selling books; a bed without a mattress; a closet that generates electricity; a 3D golf course tour; a shower that gives a massage to the beat of your favourite music; a transducer that turns almost any surface into a speaker; and a high definition art gallery that changes to suit the mood of the guest.
Drawing the conference to a close will be HFTP member Ted Horner - Managing Director of E Horner & Associates and the 2004 inductee into the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame -who will be discussing what the future holds for guestroom technology.
The social and networking highlight of the two-day conference takes place on the evening of the opening day, when there will be a drinks reception, followed by a sumptuous three-course BAHA Gala Flame Conference Dinner with the quartet ‘Blaze' and after-dinner entertainment.
For complete details of the differing price packages on offer - designed for attendance of each aspect of the two day conference and exhibition - and regularly updated information on the 2008 BAHA Conference and Exhibition, visit the BAHA website: www.baha.co.uk and the BAHA conference website: www.bahaconference.co.uk .
For bookings, contact: Phillipa Graham, BAHA Conference Co-ordinator, on telephone: 01202 889 430; fax: 01202 887 967; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BAHA was formed in 1969 with the aim of bringing together those professionals involved in financial management and control within the hotel industry. Since inception, the membership has expanded to over 700 members and is recognised as the United Kingdom's authoritative voice in the hospitality industry on financial management, technical accounting issues, taxation, hotel valuation and other related aspects. For more information, visit www.baha-uk.org.
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