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HITEC Toronto Exhibit Space is Officially Sold Out

22 February 2017
Global hospitality association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of the world's largest hospitality technology conference Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce its exhibit space for HITEC Toronto is officially sold out. A waiting list is available on a first-come, first-served basis for booth space - an updated floor plan is available on the HITEC Toronto website. HFTP's HITEC Toronto is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada."Booth space for HITEC Toronto sold out quicker than ever before in HITEC's 45-year history," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "HFTP continues to reach new milestone accomplishments, and we are overjoyed to produce the first HITEC event in Canada, Europe and the Middle East this year."HITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference with over 331 companies and 853 booths occupying this year's Canadian show floor. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology education, led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled trade show showcasing the latest hospitality technology products and services. In recent years, HFTP has added its increasingly popular Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) startup pitch competition to the HITEC event program - introducing the competition at HITEC Austin in 2015.HITEC Toronto also offers multiple sponsorship and advertising opportunities for exhibitors to increase impressions before and after the show. See which opportunities are still available and download the 2017 HFTP/HITEC marketing kit by visiting the HITEC website at www.hftp.org/hitec.Beginning in early June 2017, HITEC Toronto exhibitors will have the opportunity to select space in advance for next year's HITEC Houston. The process takes place prior to arrival in Toronto to give exhibitors time to review and select space with the assistance of key company personnel. Selection order is based on total points accumulated by exhibiting at HITEC. Last year, more than 80 percent of exhibit space was reserved during this process so exhibitors are encouraged to participate for the best selection.For more information or to get on the exhibitor waiting list, please contact HFTP Exhibits Manager Alison Heathcote at Alison.Heathcote@hftp.org. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break barriers in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. boarders. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place in a different country. In addition to HITEC Toronto, in 2017 HFTP is producing two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. HITEC Amsterdam will serve as the first HITEC event of the year, taking place from March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. HITEC Dubai will serve as the last HITEC event of 2017, and take place in the Fall in partnership with Naseba.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has several thousand of members and stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org.

Ransomware: Sorting Out the Details

21 February 2017
With the recent stories of guests getting locked out of hotel rooms - or, in some reports, guests being locked in hotel rooms - it is hard to sort the fact from the fiction. A few weeks ago an Austrian hotel's computer system was attacked by hackers. After all the dust settled, the truth about the attack was revealed and early reports of guests being held hostage in their hotel rooms was unfounded. The hackers were not interested in holding guests hostage, but were interested in disrupting the hotels business and holding the computer systems hostage. The hackers knew that the property management system is at the heart of the hotel's operation, and without it the hotel would be crippled and unable to operate.

HFTP Call for Presentations - Submit Your Ideas Today

15 February 2017
Submit your best session ideas for HFTP's upcoming Club & Hotel Controllers Conference (CHCC) and Annual Convention programs to help attendees reach their full potential and advance their careers. We are seeking proposals that are designed for seasoned hospitality professionals and delivered in innovative ways by dynamic speakers. Presenters receive complimentary registration to events. For more information, and to submit ideas, click the links below. Submit ideas for CHCC> *Submission Deadline: March 1Submit ideas for Annual Convention>*Submission Deadline: March 17HFTP's upcoming Club & Hotel Controllers Conference will be June 26-28, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Learn More>HFTP's upcoming Annual Convention will be October 25-27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida USA. Click here to view images from Annual Convention 2016 at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Learn More> Stay ConnectedStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Millennials Reveal What they are Looking for in a Workplace

10 February 2017
As a hospitality student, and a millennial, I frequently hear discussions about how millennials behave. It is indeed intriguing, and somewhat entertaining, to see the labels being placed upon millennials when you are one of the subjects being studied. But from time to time, I just want to say, "that does not sound right!" As my peers and I are going into the workplace soon, I would really like to "right some wrongs," and answer a few questions about hiring us millennials.

HFTP is Now Accepting Applications for Entrepreneur 20X at HITEC Toronto

8 February 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is now accepting applications to participate in the successful Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) event at HITEC Toronto. Hospitality technology startups who would like to apply for the exciting opportunity can do so by visiting the event website - past applicants and winners are welcome to come back as long as they are considered Series A or a startup. The competition will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada.HITEC Toronto E20X participants will compete for a grand prize of $5,000 USD. Similar to last year, there will be two E20X awards given - the Judge's Award and the People's Startup Award. The Judge's Award recipient will be determined by the expert panel of judges and also receives the grand prize. The People's Startup Award recipient will be determined by HITEC Toronto attendees and serve as the popular, or crowd favorite, vote. HITEC Toronto attendees will be able to watch the companies compete, visit with company representatives in a designated E20X pavilion in the exhibit hall and vote for their favorite competitor via the upcoming HITEC multi-event app."This will be the third year HFTP has produced Entrepreneur 20X, and the Toronto competition will be the second in 2017," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "E20X has received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from both competitors and spectators, and we are excited to bring the program back at the largest HITEC event of the year - HITEC Toronto. The program features some of the most up-and-coming, innovative technology hospitality technology has to offer, and serves as an essential platform for startup companies."HFTP's expanding E20X program features ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders. The competition will be open to all HITEC Toronto registrants."We loved the HITEC E20X competition," said David Temple, from Hello Scout Inc., the winner of the Judge's Award at the HITEC New Orleans E20X competition on June 20, 2016. "It provided us with great exposure and let us get our story in front of lots of people that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to reach. That the judge's chose us as the winner was the icing on the cake."Videos from last year's E20X competition at HITEC New Orleans are available on the HFTP/HITEC YouTube channel.In addition to accepting participant applications for the HITEC Toronto E20X competition, HFTP is also accepting participant applications for the first E20X competition in 2017 at the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam on March 28 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Applications must be submitted separately via each event's respective website, accessed directly from www.hitec.org.HFTP's HITEC Toronto is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. In addition to HITEC Toronto, in 2017 HFTP is producing two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. HITEC Amsterdam will serve as the first HITEC event of the year, taking place from March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. HITEC Amsterdam will feature pre-conference programs on March 28 followed by the full event from March 29-30 featuring two full days of education, an expo and networking party. HITEC Dubai will serve as the last HITEC event of 2017, and take place in the Fall in partnership with Naseba.For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 4,200 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HITEC Toronto Online Registration and Housing Bureau Open Now

6 February 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC(r)), has announced that attendee registration for its HITEC Toronto is now available online. Also available on the HITEC Toronto website is information on travel and hotel reservations. HITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference, and this year will be HFTP's 45th anniversary since it produced its first HITEC event in 1972. HITEC Toronto is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will be June 26-29, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada."HITEC Toronto will be another outstanding occasion to thoroughly discuss and examine all aspects of hospitality technology and celebrate our industry," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "This year's program and exhibits are already promising to be the best in HITEC's 45 year history."HITEC Toronto full registration attendees will have access to four full days of education, three full days of exhibits and access to the opening party. The full schedule of events is available on the HITEC Toronto website.Education. Full registration attendees will have access to four full days of education, carefully planned by the HITEC Toronto Advisory Council, starting early Monday morning, June 26 and finishing off with a closing Keynote on Thursday, June 29 immediately following the exhibit hall closing.Exhibits. Full Registration attendees, as well as those purchasing an exhibits only attendee pass will have access to three days of exhibits from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29. Do not miss the only opportunity to see a number of new products and high-caliber existing products all in one location. Attendees will also have access to education right on the show floor including Exhibitor Tutorials and Tech Talks.Entrepreneur 20X (E20X). HFTP's expanding E20X program features ambitious, unfunded technology entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a room full of HITEC attendees as well as a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders. All HITEC badges, including exhibits-only badges, will have the opportunity to watch some of the most innovative startups the hospitality technology industry has to offer compete in the Toronto version of the globally recognized pitch competition. This will be the second E20X event of 2017.Networking. Attendees will have opportunities for networking with peers and leading industry experts from around the world throughout the conference and during the opening party on Monday, June 26. Full Registration attendees receive a pass to the opening party with their registration on Monday evening.In addition to HITEC Toronto, in 2017 HFTP has expanded the world renowned event into Europe and the Middle East with its inaugural HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai events. HITEC Amsterdam will be 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with pre-conference events on 28 March, followed by the full conference from 29-30 March. Attendee online registration is also available on the HITEC Amsterdam website. HITEC Dubai will be in the Fall, in partnership with Naseba.Visit each HITEC website for complete information about all conference and exhibition events, including the conference schedule, a list of exhibitors, a map of the exhibit hall and the most current HITEC news. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 4,200 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

5 Ways to Share About Your HFTP Membership

2 February 2017
At various times as an HFTP member, you will meet a fellow industry professional who is not a member. You are talking with them and they tell you about themselves, and you think they are a good fit for HFTP, or maybe HFTP can help them.

HFTP Announces Exclusive Entrepreneur 20X Sponsorship Agreement with HoReCa.digital at HITEC Amsterdam

31 January 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce its exclusive Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) sponsorship agreement with HoReCa.digital, a unit of METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist Company, for HITEC Amsterdam. The successful E20X pitch competition, featuring hospitality technology startups, will take place with HITEC Amsterdam's pre-conference events in the afternoon on 28 March 2017. Following the pre-conference program is the full HITEC Amsterdam event, featuring two full days of education, an expo and networking party. HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam is the first of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.HFTP's Entrepreneur 20X program, featured at HITEC, is a pitch competition that provides hospitality technology start-ups a career-boosting opportunity with exposure to top industry mentors, investors, leaders and executives. The startups compete for a cash prize, two separate awards and much more in this thrilling competition series."We are grateful for our partnership with HoReCa.digital for the premier of Entrepreneur 20X in Europe this year," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "This exclusive partnership with HoReCa.digital will serve as an additional benefit to our Entrepreneur 20X participants at HITEC Amsterdam, as the company's business model speaks directly to that intended audience."HoReCa.digital is a newly established business unit of METRO that focuses on helping independent restaurants, hotels and caterers via innovative digital tools and solutions to improve their businesses. Focused on digital opportunities in the hospitality sector, HoReCa.digital features METRO Accelerator's highly selective mentorship program for technology-first startups across the entire value chain of Hospitality and Retail. METRO Accelerator is powered by Techstars, a flagship program based in Berlin, and invests in companies who are market champions in pioneering new grounds with their unique digital solutions.Benefits to the Hospitality program include a monetary investment, access to industry experts, mentorship from key hospitality executives and leaders, venture capitalists and experienced entrepreneurs - and much more. HFTP Global President Lyle Worthington, CHTP and HFTP Global Secretary Michael Levie, CHTP both serve as mentors for METRO Accelerator, and are described as some of the best, brightest and most innovative entrepreneurial minds out there."We are delighted to be the exclusive sponsor of Entrepreneur 20X at HFTP's premier HITEC Amsterdam this year," said Frederic Schumacher, director at HoReCa.digital. "HoReCa.digital is showing its commitment to the industry by encouraging an environment where entrepreneurs and new businesses can unveil new digital solutions and create lasting economic value in their respected communities."Co-located with HITEC Amsterdam are two additional events brought by HFTP industry allies. The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Region Europe will locate its Revenue Optimization Conference (ROC) with HITEC Amsterdam. Also co-locating is the Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) Insight Summit Europe.In addition to HITEC Amsterdam, in 2017 HFTP is producing the larger HITEC Toronto on 26-29 June and HITEC Dubai in Fall in partnership with Naseba. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HoReCa.digital HoReCa.digital is METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist Company's newly established group focusing on helping a core customer group of METRO Cash & Carry - the independent restaurant, hotels and caterers - with innovative tools and solutions to improve their business. With offices in major METRO countries, HoReCa.digital drives innovation in hospitality through the METRO Accelerator, as well as large scale eco-system pilots in key geographies. HoReCa.digital helps confirmed and scalable innovations gain further traction by linking to METRO Cash & Carry's more than 750 stores and 3,000+ people salesforce. Different from many other corporates, the investment arm leverages established investment industry best-practices and structures to help VC/PE-experienced staff to make exit focused co-investments with the aim of helping founders to successfully fund their businesses. The METRO GROUP Wholesale & Food Specialist Company (W&FS Co.) is an internationally leading specialist in wholesale and food retail. With its sales lines METRO Cash & Carry and Real as well as its other associated companies, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. operates in 35 countries and employs more than 150,000 people around the world. In 2015/16, METRO GROUP W&FS Co. achieved sales of around EUR37 billion. The company provides custom solutions to meet the regional and international needs of its wholesale and retail customers.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has nearly 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HFTP's Hospitality Financial Comparison Database, GHACP, Seeks Additional Global Participants

24 January 2017
The Global Hospitality Accounting Common Practices (GHACP) is a valuable tool that provides users a way to compare global hospitality accounting practices from five different countries, plus the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI), 10th and 11th editions. Developed by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) and released in Fall 2014, the association continues to build this important resource and is now reaching out for input to expand the database. To further provide the useful data found in the database, HFTP has added item definitions from the GHACP to PineappleSearch.com(r), the association's hospitality-specific search site.The GHACP allows users to learn and compare how full service hotels structure their management accounts, prepare internal financial reporting and target due diligence procedures for foreign investment opportunities. Detailed operating financial reporting practices included are from the United States, Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Hong Kong and Shanghai, China; as well as from the USALI, 10th and 11th editions and the Uniform System of Reporting for Clubs, 7th edition."Our GHACP database is a global effort to provide an accessible online source of resources and guidance for hospitality industry accounting practices," said HFTP CEO, Frank Wolfe, CAE. "This is a powerful and useful tool designed to be used by hospitality accounting and financial professionals at all levels."The resource was created with the intention that it would be continuously developed to follow for the ever-changing hospitality industry. Access is available to students and educational establishments as well as practitioners. Currently, the GHACP is available for free to HFTP members and for a nominal fee to nonmembers."Everyone who is in academics, from professors to students, can all benefit from this product," said Agnes DeFranco Ed.D., CHAE, professor at The University of Houston. "Just by being part of this project, I have learned so much and have shared that new knowledge with my students. This website is such an awesome educational resource for academics in the hospitality industry."This year, item definitions from the GHACP will now be available on PineappleSearch.com. Currently, there is a selection available and the complete addition of 5,000+ GHACP database documents is in progress through 2017. Also, the GHACP website has been redesigned and integrated into the HFTP website. Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA, executive director at the HFTP Americas Research Center at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, wrote a blog post, which can be found on HFTP's official blog HFTP Connect, of interesting items found in the GHACP database.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.For more information, visit the GHACP website or contact University of Houston Professor Agnes DeFranco Ed.D., CHAE at aldefranco@central.uh.edu. Companies and/or financial professionals who are interested in participating in the global database or sponsoring the project may contact HFTP at GHASUG@hftp.org.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has nearly 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

HFTP Now Accepting Applications for Entrepreneur 20X at HITEC Amsterdam

19 January 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is now accepting applications to participate in the successful Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) event at its premier HITEC Amsterdam. Hospitality technology startups who would like to apply for the exciting opportunity can do so by visiting the event website. Deadline for submissions is 22 February. The competition will take place as part of HITEC Amsterdam's pre-conference events on the afternoon of 28 March 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. HoReCa.digital will serve as the exclusive Entrepreneur 20X sponsor at HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam.HITEC Amsterdam E20X participants will compete for a grand prize of EUR2,500 EUR. As in the previous E20X competition, there will be two E20X awards given - the Judge's Award and the People's Startup Award. The Judge's Award recipient will be determined by the expert panel of judges and also receives the grand prize. The People's Startup Award recipient will be determined by HITEC Amsterdam attendees and serve as the popular, or crowd favorite, vote. HITEC Amsterdam attendees will be able to watch the companies compete, visit with company representatives and vote for their favorite competitor via the upcoming HITEC app. Immediately following the competition, HITEC Amsterdam attendees are encouraged to visit the E20X participants in room E108 in the convention centre to learn more about each company."This will be the third Entrepreneur 20X HFTP has hosted since the program's creation two years ago at HITEC Austin," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "With the overwhelming, positive feedback on E20X from competitors and spectators, we are thrilled to debut the program in Europe at our inaugural HITEC Amsterdam. The technology presented demonstrates what kind of technology is on the cusp for our industry -- from the outlandish to the practical -- and is another reason HITEC is an essential event. "HFTP's expanding E20X program features ambitious and innovative entrepreneurs presenting breakthrough business concepts to a panel of expert judges including hospitality CIOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders. The competition will be open to all HITEC Amsterdam registrants."We loved the HITEC E20X competition," said David Temple, from Hello Scout Inc., the winner of the Judge's Award at the HITEC New Orleans E20X competition on June 20, 2016. "It provided us with great exposure and let us get our story in front of lots of people that we wouldn't have otherwise been able to reach. That the judge's chose us as the winner was the icing on the cake."Videos from last year's E20X competition at HITEC New Orleans are available on the HFTP/HITEC YouTube channel.In addition to accepting participant applications for the HITEC Amsterdam E20X competition, HFTP is also accepting participant applications for the second E20X competition in 2017 at HITEC Toronto on 26 June in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Applications must be submitted separately via each event's respective website, accessed directly from www.hitec.org.HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam is the first of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The pre-conference events will take place on 28 March, followed by the full HITEC Amsterdam event featuring two full days of education, an expo and networking party. HITEC Amsterdam registration is now available on the HITEC Amsterdam website.In addition to HITEC Amsterdam, in 2017 HFTP is producing the larger HITEC Toronto on 26-29 June and HITEC Dubai in Fall in partnership with Naseba. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has about 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP assists its members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via its expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC and certification programs. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry. For more information about HFTP, e-mail membership@hftp.org.

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Student Receives HFTP Scholarship

24 February 2017
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) student Hailey Young received a scholarship from HFTP during the HFTP Southern Alberta Chapter dinner event that took place on campus from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Young is currently pursuing her Hospitality Management diploma at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Young's industry experience consists of accounting duties including: reconciling daily revenue; paying supplier invoices; processing payroll; and attending budget meetings to forecast the hotel's budget for the following year. In addition, she maintains front office management skills including: charging room folios on the PMS system Maestro; and checking guests in/out while exercising customer service skills.Young hopes to one day travel overseas and manage a hotel. She believes her education from SAIT will prepare her with the tools and experience to fulfill her goal, and mentioned the funding from the HFTP scholarship will further her education and hospitality career. About SAITThe Southern Alberta Institute of Technology is a polytechnic institute in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. SAIT offers more than 100 career programs in technology, trades and business.A SAIT education offers students practical experience and theoretical knowledge in a real-world context. Students benefit from hands-on learning in unique labs and classrooms, participation in applied research on campus with industry partners and, in many programs, workplace practicums that enable them to apply their learning to meet current industry needs.SAIT's close partnerships with industry, government and other post-secondaries help to give students the skills and connections they need to succeed in local, national and global economies. Learn More>Stay Connected with HFTPStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - February 24

24 February 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:The Rising Cost of Rooms - Lodging MagazineHotel guests are changing but hoteliers not keeping up with their IT needs - Web in TravelAre alternative payment methods mature enough for broad adoption? - Tnooz U.S. Data Breaches Hit All-Time High - CFO MagazineHow hotels can reduce laundry costs and preserve linens - Hotel ManagementVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Thank You To The 2017 HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Sponsors

23 February 2017
Thank you to all of the 2017 HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference sponsors:Platinum SponsorsClear Sky SoftwarePOST Integrations, Inc.Jonas Club SoftwareFairway Forms & Printing, IncNorthstarDixon Hughes Goodman, LLPGold SponsorClubessentialSilver SponsorsADPBlack Lantern SecurityCSPEben ConceptsEZ Club APHughes Pittman & Gupton, LLPPaycomOasis OutsourcingOneDigitalEZ LinksSyscoUSIVGM ClubUS FoodsReception SponsorCarr Riggs & IngramBronze SponsorsCherry Bekaert, LLPCarolina Wealth ManagementSIA GroupProfessional Accounting Soluctions, Inc. (PAS)PBMaresAttendee SponsorsEvelyn GreenSteve ArgoTerese DailyStay Connected with HFTPStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

2017 HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference

23 February 2017
The 2017 HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference began today and is taking place from February 23-25, 2017 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown in Raleigh, North Carolina USA. HFTP Director of Membership Development & Services Bryan Wood is in attendance. A joint effort by the HFTP Central Carolina, Charlotte-Blue Ridge, South Carolina, and Central Virginia Chapters, the Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference is held in an effort to bring together all the HFTP professionals in the region for continuing professional education with time for socializing and getting to know each other better.Schedule of Events>More Information>

Another Fun Sharing Session at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

23 February 2017
I met a few of these students at the HCAA AGM and Annual Dinner late last year and felt they could do with some help in how to prepare a decent CV and apply for jobs in hotels, so offered to organise a small session for them.We met this week with this very charming group of students who are all studying Hotel & Tourism Management at HK's Polytechnic University and are part of HFTP's Student Chapter there. I was delighted to be joined by two old friends from The Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels Group and Elsie Leung gave a terrific PPT presentation addressing all the key areas that framed our discussions. Together we were able to give them lots of great insights, information and hopefully also some encouragement as they go about trying to land their first ful-time job. Good luck to you all!Everyone needs a little help when starting out - ok, we can't help everyone, but surely we need to do what we can for those who come across our path.Full Article>HFTP Hong Kong Polytechnic University Student Chapter>

Chapter Highlight: HFTP Houston Chapters

17 February 2017
The University of Houston Student Chapter celebrated Valentine's Day with a successful bake sale on Tuesday, February 14 from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the Hilton Student Lobby. Click here to follow the HFTP Student Chapter on Facebook. Visit the student chapter's official website to find additional information about upcoming events, new members, videos and much more. HFTP's Greater Houston Chapter hosted its first meeting of 2017 last night on Thursday February 16, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the new Marriott Marquis Houston. The student chapter also was invited. Hosted by Rosa Tang, director of finance and accounting at Marriott Marquis Houston, the meeting agenda ran as follows:Hotel Tour: 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.Reception: 6:30 - 7:00 p.mDinner and Speaker: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.Speaker David Parker, president of DP Consulting, gave a presentation on "The Houston Economy and its Impact on Hotel Demand." The chapter's next dinner meeting is scheduled for April, and its next organization event will consist of food bank volunteering on Friday, March 3, 2017. Visit the HFTP Greater Houston Chapter website to find additional information about upcoming events, new members, leadership, involvement and much more. Find an HFTP chapter near you>Stay Connected with HFTPStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - February 17

17 February 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:5 Simple Ways Hotels Can Use Data to Increase Revenue - HospitalityNetHoteliers Comb the Ranks of Tech Workers to Gain an Edge - New York TimesEngaging Your Hotel's Financial Leaders - Hotel OnlineSocial Media Drives Engagement, but Does It Drive Revenue? - Hotel Business ReviewHarnessing the power of cloud and mobile hotel PMS - eHotelierVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Chapter Events - February 16-28

16 February 2017
The following are the events planned for the remainder of February 2017:February 16, 2017Bay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | San Jose State UniversityEngaging the Millennial with guest Speaker: Meghna Virick, Professor and Director, School of Management College of Business, San Jose State UniversityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMonterey Chapter11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Marriott Monterey2017 Employment Laws - New Rules! With Guest Speaker: Jeanine Debacker, Employment Lawyer, McPharlin Sprinkles & Thomas LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida Gold Coast Chapter4:30 - 8:30 p.m. | The Club at Admirals CoveEducational Event - Cyber Hacks and Threats: Don't be the Next Victim, presented by Cino Ltd. & Service as a Life Culture, presented by Andy Stangenberg, Founder, CEO Q-Principle, Author and Life CoachFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Puget Sound Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Hotel DecaPresentation: Management Contract Compliance Issues Presented by: Sandip Soli, Partner, RP Law GroupFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew England Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Framingham Country ClubIt's Just A 401K Plan - What Can Go Wrong? Presented by: George Zoglio and Carol Crowley of Edward Jones InvestmentsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESouthern Alberta Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | SAITScholarship awarding & networking meet and greetFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid-Jersey Chapter3:30 p.m. | Beacon Hill ClubExcel Tips & TricksFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREHouston Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Marriott Marquis HoustonThe Houston Economy and its Impact on Hotel Demand Presented by: David Parker, President of DP ConsultingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE February 20, 2017Cleveland/Akron Chapter8:30 - 10:00 a.m. | The Pepper Pike ClubPresident's Day Breakfast Meeting and presentation: Cyber SecurityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFebruary 21, 2017Bay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | San Jose State UniversityEngaging the Millennial with guest Speaker: Meghna Virick, Professor and Director, School of Management College of Business, San Jose State UniversityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREManasota Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Stoneybrook Golf and Country ClubFPL Changing the Current (solar and renewable energy) Presented by: Rae Dowling, Florida Power and Light Company, Area ManagerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJamaica Chapter6:30 - 9:00 p.m. | Half Moon Resort"Transfer Pricing" presented by Lorna Pearce a representative from Tax Administration of JamaicaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid Florida Chapter6:30 - 9:00 p.m. | The Castle Hotel2017 Joint HFTP & IMA Annual Meeting and presentation - A Study of Cash Flow by: Dr. Darryl E. Allen, Kenneth G. Dixon Graduate School of Business, University of Central FloridaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREChicago Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Cafe BaBa Reeba - Valencia RoomHelping Make a Lasting Impression on Your Guests presented by: Sagar Patel, co-founder of TraknProtectFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew York City Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | The Greenwich Hotel - Locanda VerdeUnderstanding Your Real Estate Taxes and the Appeals Process Presented by Joel Ditchik, Property Tax Attorney, Ditchik & Ditchick, LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew Mexico Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | LaPosada de Santa Fe Resort and SpaGeneral Insurance & Cyber Insurance presented by: Brandon Writtenberry-Aon Insurance ServicesFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE February 22, 2017Long Island Chapter8:30 - 10:00 a.m. | Hampton Inn - N. Ocean Ave.Electronic Payment Systems in Clubs, Cyber Security and Fraud Presented by: Mary Beth Fisher, Global V cardFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Milwaukee Chapter4:30 p.m. | The Town ClubFebruary Chapter Meeting - "Moving the Needle"; Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life Presented by world-renowned speaker and executive coach, Joe SweeneyFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESan Diego Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | La Jolla Shores HotelGM Panel - Roll of the Director of FinanceFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE February 23, 2017Georgia (Atlanta) Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Four Seasons Hotel AtlantaSecurity Issues in the Hospitality Industry Presented by: Martin Kwitschau, VMP GlobalFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERERocky Mountain Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | DoubleTree by Hilton Denver-Stapleton NorthWhy Your Wellness Program Takes Too Much Time: Doesn't Engage Employees and Lacks ROI Presented by: Brad Cooper, CEO US Corporate Wellness, Inc.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOhio Valley Chapter4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Nationwide Hotel & Conference CenterCredit Cards in the Hospitality IndustryFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Nashville Chapter7:00 p.m. | Bridgestone ArenaSocial - Nashville Predators Hockey GameFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENorth Texas Chapter6:00 p.m. | The Sheraton - ArlingtonChapter Meeting & Presentation: The Future of the Arlington Entertainment District Presented by: Ronnie Price, President & CEO-Arlington Convention & Visitors BureauFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOntario Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Scarboro Golf & Country ClubTown Hall Meeting - Dinner, Conversation, and DrinksFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Philadelphia Chapter4:30 p.m. | Overbrook Golf ClubPreparing an Accounting Procedures Manual Hosted by Steven Flick, CPA and James Gilson Condon O'Meara McGinty & Donnelly LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid-South Atlantic Regional Conference - February 23-25Hilton North Raleigh/MidtownA joint effort by the HFTP Central Carolina, Charlotte-Blue Ridge, South Carolina, and Central Virginia Chapters, the Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference is held in an effort to bring together all the HFTP professionals in the region for continuing professional education with time for socializing and getting to know each other better.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

Community@HFTP Snap Shot - Digital Learning Day

14 February 2017
Community@HFTP Snap Shot provides a glimpse into the industry-specific discussions happening on HFTP's online community. Community@HFTP is an online resource which provides an environment for HFTP's members to share experiences, industry information and best practices, seek and share advice, exchange resources and build relationships. It is an opportunity for HFTP members to collaborate with each other no matter where they are in the world.Featured Topic: Digital Learning Day In this discussion, members discuss the upcoming Club Technology Digital Learning Day. Many members have shared their excitement for the educational opportunities that are available. One member shared that their club has multiple members that are joining in and they will even have a post education meeting to discuss all of the information. Learn more about this topic, and see more hospitality industry conversations by visiting the Community@HFTP website.JOIN THE DISCUSSIONCommunity@HFTP is your connection to an incredible resource - 5,200+ of your colleagues who share your challenges, uncertainties and successes. The goal is for you to find it to be a supportive and safe space that fosters dialogue and helpful connections across the globe.Get Started Today For a step-by-step guide on how to get involved in Community@HFTP, please take a moment to view the Getting Started Guide. Questions, comments and suggestions can be sent to communityhelp@hftp.org.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch - February 10

10 February 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:Ten Steps to Restore Your P&L - Hotel InteractiveTop hotel marketing trends for 2017 - GuestRevu4 ways mobile training is the future - Hotel ManagementWhy Hotels Should Reevaluate Their Tech Stack - Lodging MagazineThe Young Hoteliers Summit 2017 - an exhange of industry insights - eHotelierVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Learn about HFTP and HFTP Club Bytes at the 90th CMAA World Conference

8 February 2017
HFTP(r) representatives are onsite this week at the 90th Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo. Visit HFTP's booth 209 to learn more about the global hospitality association and its exensive, and progressive, membership benefits such as HFTP Club Bytes. The event is CMAA's largest annual gathering and is taking place from Febraury 7-11, 2017 in Orlando, Florida USA. Click here to view upcoming HFTP events. HFTP Membership Video>HFTP Media Kit>About HFTP>About CMAA's World ConferenceCMAA's World Conference and the Club Business Expo is the largest network gathering of industry professionals, which is held in major cities throughout the United States. Attendees engage in a variety of educational and networking opportunities, including approximately 80 education programs tailored to the 10 core competencies needed for success in the club industry, a two day exposition, the Club Business Expo, featuring innovative products and services, and the annual Idea Fair featuring hundreds of club-tested ideas. Social media hashtag: #ImGoingCMAA. About CMAA>Stay Connected with HFTPStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Welcome New HFTP Members from January 2017

6 February 2017
HFTP(r) is proud to welcome its new members who joined last month in January. Please welcome the newest members to HFTP. Learn more about HFTP Membership by watching a quick membership video.Stay ConnectedStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC(r); the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - 2/03/2017

3 February 2017
Revolutionizing the hospitality industry, PineappleSearch.com(r) is the world's only hospitality-specific search engine that brings industry professionals the latest, global news when and how they need it. Also available in an app version for mobile devices, on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play, PineappleSearch(r) has all of the information you need to know about clubs, hotels, finance, marketing, technology, social media and much more.Straight from PineappleSearch(r), here is a preview of what happened in hospitality this week:Guestroom TVs are only the beginning for electronic displays - eHotelierThe Financial Impact of Hotel Renovations - TOPHOTELNEWSThe Hotel Industry Thinks 2017 Could Be the Year Corporate Travel Bounces Back - SkiftHackers Hijack Hotel Smart Locks, Demand Ransom - Lodging MagazineLet cooler heads prevail in control of room temperature - Hotel News NowVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.Stay Connected with HFTP Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC(r); the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Chapter Events - February 1-15

31 January 2017
Here is a look at the events our chapters have planned for the first half of February.February 2, 2017University of Houston Student Chapter4:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Room S104Movie NightFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFebruary 7, 2017 Florida Gulf Coast Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Fiddlesticks Country ClubSpeaker Luncheon with a Presentation by: PlastiqueFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid-Florida/Orlando Chapter6:00 p.m. | OCCCFebruary Board MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFebruary 8, 2017New England Hotel Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Intercontinental BostonBig Data - Millenials in the Workplace - Presented by: Keith Webb, Software as a Service Technologist for Ultimate SoftwareFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFebruary 9, 2017 New England Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Framingham Country ClubPresentation: It's Just A 401K Plan - What Can Go Wrong??? With Speakers - George Zoglio and Carol CrowleyFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFebruary 15, 2017 New Orleans Chapter12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Office of Kean Miller, LLP-New Orleans CBDNetworking Lunch and Educational Event - Topic: The Power of Information Presented by: Jill A. Gautreaux and Jessica C. EnglerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

HFTP Members Invited to Apply to Join the 2017-2018 HFTP Global Board

30 January 2017
HFTP(r) is looking for tomorrow's leaders today. The association is inviting its members to apply for available positions for the 2017-2018 HFTP Global Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates to fill various positions on the on the Board of Directors. Detailed information about Board service and eligibility, and the applications, are available here on the HFTP website. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2017.APPLY NOW>Serving as a leader for HFTP is a rich, rewarding experience and is critical to the effective governance of the association and in creating a collaborative community of opportunity for nearly 4,200 of HFTP members. The Board of Directors acts as the public face of the organization, assists with councils, and provide valuable insight into what is happening within the industry. The HFTP Board of Directors volunteers its time and leadership to propel HFTP to the forefront of the industry. Under the vision of the Board of Directors, HFTP is able to expand its reach globally and address the needs of the entire hospitality industry. For the HFTP Global Board of Directors Position Description and requirements, click here.Stay Connected with HFTP Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC(r); the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Become an Official HITEC Amsterdam Guest Blogger - Apply Today!

30 January 2017
HFTP Connect is looking for professionals involved with the hospitality industry who have writing experience and would like to write original and educational blog posts about their experience at HFTP(r)'s inaugural HITEC Amsterdam event this March. HITEC(r) is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference, and has extended its reach even further with its recent expansion into Europe and Asia. HITEC Amsterdam is the first of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will be 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Pre-conference events will take place on 28 March followed by the full conference from 29-30 March.

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