In the wake of plummeting oil prices, OPEC is prepared to ride out this period of financial turbulence by shifting away from an economy based on oil, and towards a knowledge-based economy, which includes sectors such as IT and tourism and their associated use of cutting-edge technology.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has a very young, tech-savvy population, and big data analytics, cloud services and social businesses are finding increasing traction. Meanwhile, the tourism sector is expected to create nearly two million direct and indirect jobs by 2020, with international hotel chains are taking note.

The forthcoming The Hotel Technology Summit will provide a glimpse into the future of hospitality, beyond card keys and booking apps, into cloud-based services, the use of artificial intelligence, device and entertainment autonomy, and more.

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