Opening Party & Fundraiser

Presented By


HFTP Whale Sponsor


VENZA / CyberTek






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Proceeds will benefit hospitality scholarships through these Organizations:

As the philanthropic arm of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), the HFTP Foundation assists HFTP to secure nonprofit funding for hospitality and travel industry-related research, educational projects and scholarships. The HFTP Foundation oversees research centers in the Americas and the Middle East. The HFTP Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Rosen College of Hospitality Management
In addition to learning from their faculty of internationally-recognized experts, students benefit from their unparalleled industry partnerships that provide access to guest speakers, internships, memberships, scholarships, and networking opportunities that help stimulate successful careers in this exciting and booming industry.
Valencia College Foundation

The Valencia College Foundation seeks to provide the margin of excellence for which the college has long been known. The foundation is a separate, not-for-profit, IRS approved 501(c)(3) corporation chartered in 1974 to provide financially for the educational needs of Valencia College that cannot be met through state aid or student tuition income.

Donate to the Scholarship Fund Today

Event Map

Event Map

Schedule of Events

Each attendee with a gray or orange bracelet will receive a voucher for food and drinks redeemable at any of the restaurants or at the after hour cash bar. (Limited value, overages are the attendees responsibility)

6:00 PM Buses leave convention center and designated HITEC hotels
5:30 PM Blue/Gray Bands early boarding.

6:30 PM Open Arena for Dolphin Adventures Show

6:45 PM Announcements from HITEC Leadership/Sponsors

7:00 PM Dolphin Adventures Show
Blue Band – VIP Reserved Seating
Gray Band – Reserved Seating
Orange Band – General Seating

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM VIP Shark Dinner (Blue Band Holders Only)

6:00 PM – 9:30 PM Mix-In/Free time
Attractions SeaWorld Orlando – Full Park Access

9:30 PM – 10:00 PM Electric Ocean: Ignite (fireworks/laser show)
HITEC Reserved Seating starts at 9PM for event attendees at Bayside.
Blue Band – VIP Reserved Seating
Gray Band – Reserved Seating
Orange Band – General Seating

10:00 PM-11:00PM HITEC 50th Anniversary Block Party
• Exclusive ride time on the Ice Breaker Roller Coaster
• HITEC’s VIP Hub High Energy DJ & cash bar
• SeaWorld Souvenir Photo Opp

11:00 PM Departures
SeaWorld Front Gate
Last bus at 11:45

This event is a mix-in with the general public. Your bracelet grants you access to the park, the reserved dolphin show, reserverd seating at the fireworks show and the after hour block party.

How do I get my band?

Blue/Gray – Are distributed by event sponsors (limited quantities based on sponsorship level)

Orange – Handed out when exiting the bus at SeaWorld where you will pick up your food and beverage vouchers.

For Exhibitors:
All registered HITEC exhibitor badges includes access to the Opening Party.

For Attendees:
All Full Conference badges and the Exhibits Only & Opening Party badge option, includes access to the Opening Party.

The Exhibits Only badge (and the VIP Buyers/ Customer Comp registration options) does not include access to the Opening Party. Tickets are available for $99 and can be purchased online or onsite at the HITEC Registration desk.

Please refer to SeaWorld’s Website for health, safety and restrictions during your time at the park. Details are subject to change based on sponsor participation.

Dolphin Adventures Show

Electric Ocean Fireworks/Laser Show
Electric Ocean Fireworks/Laser Show
NEW Ice Breaker Ride
NEW Ice Breaker Ride

If you are interested in being a sponsor please contact:
Anne Boon – anne.boon@venzagroup.com or
Josh Bergen – josh.bergen@venzagroup.com
Opportunities are Limited, Must be a HITEC Exhibitor to Sponsor.