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HFTP Allied Association, China Hotel Technology Alliance (CHTA), to Lead Chinese Travel Market Session at HITEC Toronto

22 June 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) has announced plans for a new educational session on Chinese travelers during next week's HITEC Toronto. The session will be organized by HFTP's allied association, China Hospitality Technology Alliance (CHTA), and is scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada.The HITEC super session, "How Chinese Travelers Are Reshaping Global Travel," will discuss how the booming Chinese economy is affecting the global tourism market. China is continues to grow globally in the areas of tourism and travel, and is a leader in the world outbound travel market. Leading this panel will be the following hospitality experts:David Sun, general manager at BTG Homeinns Hotel Group as well as chairman & CEO at Homeinns Hotel Group.Chenjie Hu, vice president at Alibaba.Michael Levie, CHTP, founder and COO at citizenM and HFTP Global Secretary.Marco Trecroce, SVP & CIO at Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts.Monika Nerger, CIO at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and a 2017 inductee into the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame.Fiona Dou, CIO, tourism and commercial group at FOSUN GROUP. Reno Wang, director at Alibaba."HFTP is once again proud to partner with CHTA," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "This session will discuss key factors happening in today's global travel industry, and provide attendees with knowledge of how to effectively meet the needs of this growing market."The partnership between HFTP and CHTA ensures the visibility of both associations at industry events. Event attendees benefit from the partnership as they are able to meet with representatives from CHTA at HITEC, as well as HFTP representatives at CHTA's Global Conference. HITEC, produced by HFTP, is the world's largest hospitality technology show and CHTA is recognized as the authoritative resource for hospitality technology in the Greater China and Asia region."I am honored to return to HITEC on behalf of the CHTA committee, and to have top industry leadership of both Chinese and Western sitting in one room to share the ideas and opportunities of Chinese Travelers made globally," said Jing Zhu, chairperson at CHTA. "CHTA and HFTP both work to improve the global hospitality industry, and together we continue to make a difference."This year's larger North American event HITEC Toronto, HFTP's second HITEC of 2017, will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. HITEC Dubai, the third and final HITEC of 2017, will take place from November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to HITEC Houston on June 26-29.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/. For more information on CHTA, please contact Jing Zhu at jing.zhu@chta.com.cn. Stay updated with HFTP and HITEC on social media for conference updates: HFTP Connect; HITEC Bytes; HFTP Club Bytes; HFTP Finance Bytes; HFTP News; Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter; Instagram; YouTube; Flickr.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. 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 outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. 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. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is an international, nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has 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 or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About CHTA CHTA is a non-profit organization with a strong focus on leading-edge Chinese technologies, which aims to set global standards in servicing both Chinese and international hotel chains. CHTA is a vehicle through which Western technologies can be effectively deployed to properties in China, not only international chains but also local Chinese groups. CHTA consists of a group of leading hoteliers and technology vendors that strive to bring the true value of technology to hotel guests and the business. CHTA is strongly supported by numerous volunteers from both membership companies and non-membership individuals.

Getting Organized for HITEC Toronto

22 June 2017
I have attended HITEC now for several years, as both an exhibitor and an attendee. Regardless of my role there, I have learned one valuable lesson: take a vacation after to catch up on sleep! I know that is not realistic, but if my day-to-day job could stop for a week after to allow me to sort through all of the business cards and collateral I collected, not to mention the overflow of emails that came in while at the show, I would not dread the post-HITEC “hangover.”

Why HITEC Toronto Is Important

22 June 2017
It sounds like one of those essays you had to write in school: “what I did on my summer vacation,” “what extracurricular activities mean to me.” It also sounds blindingly obvious – of course HITEC Toronto is important. After all, it is by far the world’s largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC Toronto is also historically significant, being the first-ever HITEC North America event to be held outside of the United States. #HITECtor will take center stage from June 26-29, anchoring a trilogy of international events in 2017 that include the debut of HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. So, HITEC is clearly a big deal. But why?

Hospitality Technology Pioneers Recognized with Quinquennial HFTP Award of Merit

13 June 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is proud to announce the honorees Keith Gruen, Hiroo Ichii and Dr. Ravi Mehrota as the 2017 Hospitality Technology Award of Merit recipients. The three individuals, chosen for his/her unique contribution to hospitality technology, will be recognized at the Opening Keynote of the 45th Annual Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)) in Toronto, Ontario Canada this month.The Technology Award of Merit is given every five years at HITEC, and was presented in 2002, 2007 and 2012. HFTP created the Technology Award of Merit to recognize hospitality technology pioneers who have made a significant innovation or breakthrough that established a path for others in hospitality technology. Recipients are selected by members of HFTP's International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame, a group of industry professionals who have been recognized for their influence on the industry.Keith Gruen was recognized for his work in developing the early, widely-adopted PMS system, Fidelio. He was a co-developer for the software that was initially written to manage opera company bookings in Munich, and which developed into a full-fledged PMS that they named Fidelio, the title of Beethoven's only opera. The system broke new ground by introducing color screens, PC networks, user-friendly menus, overlapping windows, easily configurable screens and reports, and a graphical room rack and floorplan. Fidelio was acquired by Micros in 1995, and became the defacto standard system for many major hotel chains. Gruen turned his focus to the venture capital sector with success, but inevitably made his way back to hospitality where he has been involved in next generation hotel systems. He is currently CEO at ysura, a life sciences CRM, as well as a board member at Hetras and advisor for Apaleo, two hospitality technology companies.Hiroo Ichii was recognized for his work in developing ground-breaking communication networks for the hospitality environment. Ichii started as a software engineer and then moved to global network system sales support for enterprise communications and managed projects throughout Southeast Asia including Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Sri-Lanka and India. Working with numerous major hotel brands, Ichii oversaw the installation of next-generation IP phone systems for guest rooms and operations. After 36 years with NEC Corporation, Ichii recently announced his retirement, but still remains as an advisor for NEC Solution Innovators, Ltd.Dr. Ravi Mehrotra is currently president, founder and chief scientist at IDeaS Revenue Solutions, and was recognized for his leadership in the field of predictive analytics, forecasting and dynamic price optimization. Since founding IDeaS in 1989, Mehrotra has worked tirelessly to both strengthen and expand hotel revenue management as a science, and revenue management systems as a technology, to assist hotels in achieving their preferred mix of rate, occupancy and RevPAR. He has recognized and detailed concepts and techniques that are now fundamental to hotel revenue management.Previous HFTP Award of Merit winners include: Roger Lane, CHAE (2002); Richard Maloney (2002); Dietmar Muller-Elmau (2002); John Pignataro (2002); Robert Sanford (2002); Joyce Christmas (2007); William (Bill) Duncan (2007); Ed Hollinshead (2007); Joseph Marko (2007); Bill Sullivan, CHTP (2007); The Hon. Sir Michael Kadoorie (2012); Warren Markwart (2012); Kemmons Wilson (2012).This year's larger North American event HITEC Toronto, HFTP's second HITEC of 2017, will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. HITEC Dubai, the third and final HITEC of 2017, will take place from November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to HITEC Houston on June 26-29.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 updated with HFTP and HITEC on social media for conference updates: HFTP Connect; HITEC Bytes; HFTP Club Bytes; HFTP Finance Bytes; HFTP News; Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter; Instagram; YouTube; Flickr.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. 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 outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. 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. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is an international, nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has 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 or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HFTP Announces Planning Underway for HITEC India, HITEC Asia and 2018 Club Engagement Conference

13 June 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), announced today they are laying the groundwork to further globally expand the HITEC brand by also producing HITEC India and HITEC Asia. These educational events, HITEC India and HITEC Asia, will follow the tremendously successful HITEC brand that launched in North America in 1972. HFTP's North American version HITEC Toronto, the largest HITEC of 2017, will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada."Expanding HITEC to India and Asia has been a goal HFTP has worked towards for several years. It is time that we moved from the goal stage to the planning stage," says HFTP International President Lyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO at The Student Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. "As a global association with members spanning six continents, we believe that the expansion of HITEC will be an opportunity to build the exchange of information within the hospitality technology community, which has gained immense importance within the industry."After HFTP's strategic planning conference in Amsterdam, HFTP has added many new benefits for its members this year. Expanding its club segment education to include a Club Engagement Conference in March of 2018, a new Hospitality Data Protection Officer program, development of new performance indicators for clubs, new chapters of the association and finalizing a research center located in Dubai, UAE later this month."As a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve the industry, HFTP continues to respond to its stakeholder's requests' for meaningful projects that expand the industry" says HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Unlike other educational organizations that operate for-profit, HFTP events are planned by our volunteers and executed by our paid staff. It is this recipe that makes our events so successful. Our education is planned by the industry, for the industry, and the proceeds go back to the industry."Further new plans and programs will be prioritized during the upcoming HFTP Board of Directors meeting held in Toronto following HITEC Toronto. More details will be published late September prior to HFTP's 65th anniversary and 2017 Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida, USA.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. 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 outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. 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. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is an international, nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has 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 or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

HFTP Annual Convention 2017 Online Registration Now Open

25 May 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) has opened online registration for its Annual Convention, which it has produced since 1952. This year's event will offer a variety of educational session lengths, enhanced networking and vendor opportunities as HFTP celebrates its 65th year as an association. Annual Convention will take place from October 25-27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida USA.HFTP Annual Convention full registration attendees will have access to three full days of education, two days of exhibits, the Welcome Reception and the formal President's Evening dinner. The 2017 schedule of events is available on the HFTP website, and will be continuously updated until the event. Additionally, in traditional HFTP fashion, Annual Convention will feature three keynote speakers, a business meeting and silent auction benefiting a local charity during President's Evening."We are honored to celebrate HFTP's 65-years with the outstanding members who have made the association's success possible," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Designed specifically for the industry, HFTP continuously works to make each Annual Convention better than the last. This year's program is sure to be an exceptional one."The dynamic event program will provide relevant industry information for hospitality professionals. Again this year, the convention will run the full day Wednesday through Friday. Education sessions will be presented in a variety of formats, and range from 25-minute quick information sessions to 150-minute sessions. Vendor interaction this year will allow attendees to meet with vendors at table top exhibits. Exhibits will be open to attendees on Wednesday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. during the Welcome Reception as well as during morning breaks and lunch on the following Thursday.Visit the Annual Convention page on the HFTP website for complete information about all conference events, including the program schedule, hotel and travel details and more. For more information about HFTP's Annual Convention and other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org. Annual Convention 2018 is slated for October 24-27 at the new Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA.Stay updated with HFTP on social media for news updates: HFTP Connect; HFTP Club Bytes; HFTP Finance Bytes; HFTP News; Facebook; LinkedIn; Twitter; Instagram; YouTube; Flickr.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has 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 or download the HFTP media kit via the HFTP website.

Exclusive Interview: Dual Award Winner Hyre Talks Entrepreneur 20X (E20X)

25 May 2017
In June 2015, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®), debuted its Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) innovation pitch competition, designed for hospitality technology startups, for the first time at the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®) – the world’s largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. Rapidly gaining popularity after its introduction at HITEC Austin, E20X has become a reoccurring feature at HITEC. In 2017, HFTP expanded E20X globally with its first European feature at HITEC Amsterdam in March and will be an upcoming feature at HITEC Toronto in June.

HFTP Supports Hospitality Technology Startups with Entrepreneur 20X Event

24 May 2017
In June 2015, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), debuted its Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) innovation pitch competition for hospitality technology startups at HITEC - the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference.NB This is a viewpoint by Jessica Blankenship, public relations manager for HFTP.E20X was an instant success, and this year HFTP launched the feature in Europe at HITEC Amsterdam in March. It will also be a part of HITEC Toronto in June.E20X allows ambitious unfunded entrepreneurs to present their business to HITEC attendees as well as a panel of expert judges comprising hospitality CIOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and industry insiders.The selected startups then compete for two awards: the E20X Judges Award and the E20X People's Startup Award.The E20X Judges Award, or grand prize, is determined immediately following the competition by the judge's panel; the startup deemed "most innovative" takes home a trophy and $5,000.The E20X People's Startup Award, or crowd favorite, is selected by conference attendees via the HITEC 2017 app.At the Amsterdam event, Canada-based event staffing startup Hyre won both awards. Its CEO Eropa Stein, said: "It was such an honor to win both awards. The E20X Judge's Award, in a way, validated our business model while The People's Startup Award proved customers wanted our solution and accepted our product. We are very much looking forward to HITEC Toronto - our home base."Hyre will be joined in Toronto by an impressive roster of startups, highlighting tech-based innovations for guestrooms bookings, meetings, mobile, security and much more.Stein and other previous E20X award winners - 2016 E20X People's Startup Award winner Alex Cammarano, CEO and co-founder at Daylighted, and 2016 E20X Judge's Award winner David Temple, CEO and co-founder at Hello Scout - reflected on their E20X experience, as well as shared thoughts and advice on the overall event in an interview with HFTP.What was the inspiration behind your startup?Alex Cammarano: "We decided to work with galleries to bring the art experience to where people go, allowing anyone to be immersed in the creativity of the local scene without changing their habits....[Daylighted] helps the artistic community, the hotel experience, and the general public. Hotels get to showcase beautiful art at no cost, artists get free exposure, and people can discover local artists when they travel."Eropa Stein: "I observed the daily inefficiencies of the event staffing industry caused by obsolete practices....Hence, the development of a novel business concept - one that would assist in connecting event staff with event organizers without a staffing agency, and ameliorate many of the inefficiencies within the industry - was required. My solution was that of an online platform which would address this gap in the market...[and] revolutionize the event staffing industry."David Temple: "My co-founder and I published a newsletter about traveling off-the-beaten path in San Francisco. As we expanded, people would ask if they could just text with us instead. So we started a service to let traveler's text with local experts. In time, we found that hotels wanted to offer the service to their guests as well."What was the biggest obstacle you faced in the time between concept and E20X?Eropa Stein: "First clients are always tricky to onboard....[but] onboarding a very well-known client [is] a bit trickier. We had to have a positive reputation before any big fish took us seriously."David Temple: "To many hotels, getting approval and launching a new product in one to two months feels very fast. But as a startup with limited cash in the bank, it can feel like an eternity."What was the overall experience like for you and your company?Alex Cammarano: "Very positive. We met with major players in the industry and with potential advisors, partners, and last but not least, new customers. ....The quality of that show, and our exposure from the E20X competition made it our most successful show so far."Eropa Stein: "It is rare to get the attention of so many industry professionals and decision makers at once. Personally, [E20X] helped establish myself as an expert in hospitality staffing. For Hyre, HITEC helped us expand our professional network, and create long lasting relationships."Read Full Article>

HITEC Toronto Entrepreneur 20X Contestants Announced

22 May 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce the selected hospitality technology startups that will be participating in the Toronto version of Entrepreneur 20X (E20X). All registered HITEC attendees and exhibitors, including Exhibits Only registrants, are welcome to attend the action-packed pitch competition that will take place on Monday, June 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at HITEC Toronto - the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. This will be the second HITEC and E20X event HFTP has produced in 2017.The 2017 E20X Toronto pitching companies include: Angie Hospitality; Arrivedo; Bizly; Fetch; GEMtouch; GuestFolder; HotelFlex; Hyre; iPalapa; LockUp; OnceThere Inc.; ShuttleQ.com; Stay Wanderful."HFTP is excited to debut its popular E20X in Canada for the first time at HITEC Toronto," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Last year, over 200 hospitality professionals attended the innovation competition, and the excitement around E20X has proven to build each year. HITEC Toronto attendees will be able to hear groundbreaking ideas, and witness some of the hottest technology available in our industry at this time."E20X innovators have four minutes to present breakthrough business concepts to a room full of HITEC attendees as well as a panel of five expert judges. Selected startups compete for two available awards: the E20X Judges' Award and the E20X People's Startup Award. The E20X Judges' Award, or grand prize, is determined immediately following the competition by the panel of judges; the startup deemed "most innovative" takes home a trophy and $5,000 USD. The E20X People's Startup Award, or crowd favorite, is selected via the HITEC app by conference attendees. Attendees will have additional opportunities to visit with startups in days following the competition at the Digital Den and E20X Pavilion on the HITEC show floor."We loved the HITEC E20X competition," said 2016 E20X Judges' Award winner David Temple, CEO and co-founder at Hello Scout, Inc. "It provided us with great exposure and let us get our story in front of lots of people that we would [not] have otherwise been able to reach. [It is] enormously gratifying to get the support of such a respected group of industry veterans."This year's larger North American event HITEC Toronto will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. HITEC Dubai, the third and final HITEC of 2017, will take place from November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to HITEC Houston on June 26-29.For more information about E20X, email e20x@hftp.org or charlotte@somerscommunications.com. 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 updated with HFTP and HITEC on social media for conference updates: HFTP Connect; HITEC Bytes; HFTP Club Bytes; HFTP Finance Bytes; HFTP News; Facebook; LinkedIn; Twitter; Instagram; YouTube; Flickr.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. 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 outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. 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. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has 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 or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

Join the HFTP Community and Save

12 May 2017
HFTP is making it easy to become a member and attend HITEC Toronto. This is your opportunity to take advantage of the HFTP New Member Conference Bundle. For $900 USD (a $100 USD savings off the total of $1,000 USD), you can receive all the benefits of a full conference registration, PLUS all the benefits of a one year membership with HFTP.*New members must have had no affiliation with HFTP for one year prior to registration.Learn More>

HITEC Toronto Entrepreneur 20X Judges and Mentors Announced

21 June 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce the expert judges' panel and industry mentors that will offer their time and expertise in the Toronto version of Entrepreneur 20X (E20X). All registered HITEC attendees and exhibitors, including Exhibits Only registrants, are welcome to attend the action-packed pitch competition that will take place on Monday, June 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at HITEC Toronto."HFTP, with the help of Somers Communications, works hard each year to bring together experienced industry veterans and top up-and-coming startups," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Back by popular demand, this will be the second year the mentoring sessions are available to E20X contestants. Both the selected mentors and judges will provide quality advice that each entrepreneur can carry with them throughout their careers."The 2017 E20X Toronto expert judges' panel includes:Carson Booth, CHTP, technology startup consultant.Christina Cornwell, vice president, IT Field Services, Asia Pacific at Hilton Worldwide.Jeff Lapin, angel investor and president at Tech Coast Angels-Los Angeles.Henri Roelings, founder and CEO at Hsyndicate.Jules Sieburgh, CHTP+, former hospitality CIO and HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame Award recipient.Previous to the pitch competition, participants had access to expert mentors to help the competitors prepare for the main event. The volunteer mentoring/coaching team is assigned to review competitors' presentations and provide feedback and includes:John Burns, president at Hospitality Technology Consulting.Prakash Shukla, managing partner at WayfareVC.Lyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO at The Student Hotel and 2016-2017 HFTP International President.The 2017 onsite mentoring team will be available for short meetups with entrepreneurs immediately prior to the E20X competition. The experience is similar to round-robin dating--startups circulate the room making connections with the purposefully built mentor team who have a great deal of hospitality industry knowledge, expertise and experiences to share. This will provide a great forum to inspire and educate the E20X participants, and will also give them connections at HITEC Toronto and into the future. Onsite mentor team includes:Mike Dickersbach, CHTP, MCP, NICE, Thayer Ventures.Steve D'Erasmo, CHTP, director, technology planning and POS systems at Hilton.Diane Estner, president and CEO at DANNI Enterprises.Jai Govindani, CTO at Red Planet Hotels.Rod Jimenez, CEO at SHR.Steve Marino, vice president, information technology at Marriott International.Douglas Rice, managing director at Hospitality Technology Network LLC.Robert Rippee, director, hospitality lab at UNLV.Mike Schmitt, CEO at Clairvoyix.Luis Segredo, entrepreneur and investor.Richard Siegel, president and publisher at Hospitality Upgrade.Ron Tarro, vice president at Broadsoft, Inc.Alan Young, president and co-founder at Puzzle Partner.This year's larger North American event HITEC Toronto will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. HITEC Dubai, the third and final HITEC of 2017, will take place from November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to HITEC Houston on June 26-29.For more information about E20X, email e20x@hftp.org or charlotte@somerscommunications.com, or visit booth K13 in the E20X Pavilion on the HITEC show floor. 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 updated with HFTP and HITEC on social media for conference updates: HFTP Connect; HITEC Bytes; HFTP Club Bytes; HFTP Finance Bytes; HFTP News; Facebook; LinkedIn; Twitter; Instagram; YouTube; Flickr.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. 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 outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. 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. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is an international, nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has 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 or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: June 15-30, 2017

14 June 2017
June 15, 2017MD - Maryland Chapter8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Maritime Institute of TechnologyJune Breakfast RoundtableFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREWA - Puget Sound Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | World Trade Center SeattleDetecting and Preventing Fraud Presented by FBI Agent Ethan Via , SSA , FBI/Seattle Division/Squad C2For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFL - Treasure Coast Chapter10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | St. Lucie Trail Golf ClubFlorida Sales Tax Seminar Presented by: Mitchell L. Stump, CPA, PA, Club Book Series, Inc. & Club Tax Network, Inc.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENY - Long Island Chapter4:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Westhampton Country ClubNY Paid Family Leave-The Basics Presented by: Jeff Krieger, Regional Manager, Benefit Solutions, Mutual of OmahaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREDC - Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Bethesda Country ClubBusiness Email CompromiseFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 16, 2017TN - Nashville Chapter7:05 p.m. | First Tennessee ParkNashville Sounds SocialFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECanada - Southern Alberta Chapter6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | River Cree MarriottAHLA - State of the IndustryFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENC - Charlotte-Blue Ridge ChapterQuail Hollow ClubFraud Detection and Prevention with Speaker: Matthew SochaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 20, 2017NV - Las Vegas Chapter6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Tommy Bahama Restaurant at Town SquareIT Security with Jacob Cinco, US Secret ServiceFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJamaica Chapter6:30 p.m. | Martina's Juice Bar & Grill3rd Membership MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 21, 2017CA - San Diego Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Town & Country ResortCalifornia Hotel & Lodging Association Update with Jim Abrams from the California Hotel & Lodging AssociationFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENY - New York City Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Dream DowntownLatest & Greatest in Hospitality Tech Solutions Presented by Miles Macleod, Enterprise Sales, Harri & Amanda Halle, Director of Partnerships, HarriFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERELA - New Orleans Chapter11:30 a.m. | Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown SuperdomeHFTP New Orleans Meeting LuncheonFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 22, 2017OH - Ohio Valley ChapterTime and location TBDJune Social EventFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 23, 2017CA - Bay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Sequoyah Country ClubJune Meeting with speakers from the BPM Accounting FirmFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 27, 2017FL - Mid-Florida Orlando Chapter6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Caribe Royale OrlandoJune General MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMI - Greater Detroit Chapter4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Huron River Hunting & Fishing ClubRoundtable DiscussionFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 28, 2017GA - Atlanta Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Atlanta Athletic ClubHot Topics in the Private Club Industry Presented by Mitchell StumpFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENJ - Mid-Jersey Chapter4:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Navesink Country ClubHow to Avoid the Common Pitfalls When Presenting to Small and Large Groups with Presenter: Marily McHugh, Adjunct Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - June 9

9 June 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:Automation of the hotel experience is the future - Hotel News NowSimplifying Digital Marketing For Hotels - ForbesDisruptive Innovation in Hospitality: Are We There Yet? - Hotel OnlineReimagining the online booking channel - eHotelierIf Your Company Isn't Good at Analytics, It's Not Ready for AI - Harvard Business ReviewVisit 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 - June 2017

7 June 2017
The following events are planned for HFTP chapters in the month of June.June 7, 2017MA - New England Club Chapter4:30-8:00 p.m. | The Somerset ClubBusiness Ethics with Speaker: Jason Peterson, Chair & Associate Professor, Business Law & Ethics, Sawyer Business School, Suffolk UniversityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 8, 2017CT - Northern Connecticut ChapterTime TBD | Wampanoag Country ClubEthics and CHAE presentation by George ZoglioFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMA - New England Hotel Chapter6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | MJ O'Connors and Laugh BostonJune Chapter SocialFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 12, 2017VA - Central Virginia Chapter8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Two Rivers Country ClubStaffing Strategies With An International Flavor (CMAA Joint Meeting) Presented by Keith Pabian - Founding Partner of Pabian Law, LLCFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 14, 2017CT - Fairfield/ Westchester Chapter4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Woodway Country ClubThe Latest Trends in Private Club Technology Presented by Bill BootheFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREIL - Chicago Chapter4:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Sunset Ridge Country ClubSales Tax Topics Presented by Diane Yetter from the Sales Tax InstituteFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFL - Manasota Chapter5:30 - 9:30 p.m. | McCurdy's Comedy TheatreSummer Social with Multi-award winning comedian, Tommy SavittFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 15, 2017MD - Maryland Chapter8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Maritime Institute of TechnologyJune Breakfast RoundtableFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREWA - Puget Sound Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | World Trade Center SeattleDetecting and Preventing Fraud Presented by FBI Agent Ethan Via , SSA , FBI/Seattle Division/Squad C2For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFL - Treasure Coast Chapter10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | St. Lucie Trail Golf ClubFlorida Sales Tax Seminar Presented by: Mitchell L. Stump, CPA, PA, Club Book Series, Inc. & Club Tax Network, Inc.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENY - Long Island Chapter4:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Westhampton Country ClubNY Paid Family Leave-The Basics Presented by: Jeff Krieger, Regional Manager, Benefit Solutions, Mutual of OmahaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREDC - Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Bethesda Country ClubBusiness Email CompromiseFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 16, 2017TN - Nashville Chapter7:05 p.m. | First Tennessee ParkNashville Sounds SocialFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECanada - Southern Alberta Chapter6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | River Cree MarriottAHLA - State of the IndustryFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENC - Charlotte-Blue Ridge ChapterQuail Hollow ClubFraud Detection and Prevention with Speaker: Matthew SochaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 21, 2017CA - San Diego Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Town & Country ResortCalifornia Hotel & Lodging Association Update with Jim Abrams from the California Hotel & Lodging AssociationFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENY - New York City Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Dream DowntownLatest & Greatest in Hospitality Tech Solutions Presented by Miles Macleod, Enterprise Sales, Harri & Amanda Halle, Director of Partnerships, HarriFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERELA - New Orleans Chapter11:30 a.m. | Holiday Inn New Orleans - Downtown SuperdomeHFTP New Orleans Meeting LuncheonFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 22, 2017OH - Ohio Valley ChapterTime and location TBDJune Social EventFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 23, 2017CA - Bay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Sequoyah Country ClubJune Meeting with speakers from the BPM Accounting FirmFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 27, 2017FL - Mid- Florida - Orlando Chapter6:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Caribe Royale OrlandoJune General MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJune 28, 2017GA - Atlanta Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Atlanta Athletic ClubHot Topics in the Private Club Industry Presented by Mitchell StumpFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENJ - Mid-Jersey Chapter4:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Navesink Country ClubHow to Avoid the Common Pitfalls When Presenting to Small and Large Groups with Presenter: Marily McHugh, Adjunct Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

HFTP Global Announces New Designees Who Earned their CHAE Certification in May 2017

7 June 2017
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) this month. Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New CHAEsEmil Encarnado * Assistant Director of Finance, Two Roads Hospitality * Hotel Lincoln * USAJetan Gangwal * Vice President * Rhinehart Management * USAShannon Warkwright * Controller * Grant Hall Hotel * CANADAFor questions or more information on HFTP's certification programs, contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at robin.bogdon@hftp.org or +1 (512) 220-4021. Learn more about the CHAE and CHTP.

Club and Hotel Controllers Conference (CHCC) - Register Today

6 June 2017
Co-located with HITEC Toronto, join hospitality controllers and industry experts for two full days of hospitality specific education, designed to help you focus on current and emerging issues, best practices and complex challenges. CHCC is scheduled for June 26-28th at the Sheraton Centre Toronto (please note the event location is different from the HITEC location). Registration is open.Learn More> Register Now>

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - June 2

2 June 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:Maximizing Revenue in Hospitality - Wall Street JournalA.I. and Voice Search -- 2018's Top Travel Trends - ForbesHotels put bigger focus on fitness with in-room equipment - The Washington Post10 of the world's best desert hotels - CNNHotel tech must do more than 'wow' guests - 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.

HFTP Announces Keynote Speakers and Opening Party for HITEC Toronto

2 June 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), has added four keynote speakers to this year's education program: Dave Berkus, super angel, author and entrepreneur; Alex Tapscott, CEO at Northwest Passage Ventures; Kevin Rosen, Esq. CIPP/US, partner at Shutts & Bowen, LLP; and Robert Villanueva, executive vice president at Q6 Cyber.Opening Keynote and Party. On Monday, June 26, 2017, Dave Berkus will take the HITEC Toronto stage from 4:30--5:30 p.m. to discuss technology and its impact on the job market. Berkus is one of the nation's most prolific angel investors with over 137 early stage technology investments. He is the creator of BERKONOMICS.COM - weekly insights for entrepreneurs and investors. Berkus is an author and in-demand speaker at national and international events sharing stories and wisdom related to entrepreneurs, building boards of directors, trends in technology and valuing young corporate enterprises. Berkus is also an inductee to the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame.Following the Opening Keynote, HFTP will host the "A Night in Toronto" Opening Party from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Toronto Event Centre, Beach Paris (formerly Muzik Event Centre). Attendees will enjoy delicious snacks, drinks and music as they mingle and get ready for the busy week ahead. Additionally, the Opening Party will feature an emulator touch screen DJ, giant light bright, digital graffiti wall and surfboard simulator. Opening Party entry information is detailed on the HITEC Toronto website.Tuesday Keynote. On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Alex Tapscott will present from 8:30--10:00 a.m. to inform HITEC attendees about the blockchain revolution. Tapscott is a founding member at IMF's High Level Advisory Group on Fintech, as well as the co-author of the critically acclaimed best-seller "Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money Business and the World." Tapscott is focused on the impact of emerging technologies on business, society and government, and is a passionate advocate for innovation, entrepreneurship and civic engagement.Closing Keynote. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Kevin Rosen, Esq. CIPP/US and Robert Villanueva will present from 2:15--3:15 p.m. on cybercrime. Rosen is a member of the Financial Services Practice Group and the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Taskforce at his current West Palm Beach office of Shutts & Bowen, a full-service law firm with approximately 270 attorneys. He focuses his practice on cybersecurity, privacy, data security, securities regulation and financial regulation. He previously served as senior regional counsel and cybersecurity regulatory specialist at the Department of Enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Villanueva currently leads the Cyber Threat Intelligence Division of Q6 Cyber after spending 25-years working for the United States Secret Service, where he specialized in transnational cybercrimes, access device fraud, network intrusions and identity theft data breaches affecting the private sector.This year's larger North American event HITEC Toronto will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. HITEC Dubai, the third and final HITEC of 2017, will take place from November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to HITEC Houston on June 26-29.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 updated with HFTP and HITEC on social media for conference updates: HFTP Connect; HITEC Bytes; HFTP Club Bytes; HFTP Finance Bytes; HFTP News; Facebook; LinkedIn; Twitter; Instagram; YouTube; Flickr.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. 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 outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. 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. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has 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 or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

Dispatches from HFTP Global: HFTP Texas Regional 2017

1 June 2017
On May 19-20, 2017, the HFTP North Texas Chapter hosted the 2017 HFTP Texas Regional Conference which brought together a mix of hospitality finance and technology professionals at the Embassy Suites Dallas Love Field in Dallas, Texas USA. Attendees came from across the state of Texas – as well as neighboring states – for a two-day, education-packed conference. On Friday morning, pre-conference activities started with a CHAE review to assist attendees in preparing for taking the CHAE exam.

HFTP Welcomes New Orange County Chapter

31 May 2017
Further expanding its global presence, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is pleased to welcome the HFTP Orange County chapter, the association's latest chapter addition. Approved by the executive committee earlier this month, the Orange County chapter is HFTP's ninth chapter in California USA. Visitors and non-members are always welcome. The new chapter is currently led by the following leadership team:President: Matthew Lieberman, director of finance at Two Roads HospitalityVice President: Danetta Perrotta, CHAE, director of finance at Balboa Bay Resort and ClubTreasurer: Sergio Pineda, assistant director of finance at Balboa Bay ResortSecretary: Deb Kohls, account executive at Netwrix CorporationBoard of Director: Ralph Ommer, business owner at TurboIT-VCHFTP currently has more than 80 local chapters providing opportunities for networking and education throughout the world. HFTP members can attend chapter meetings to connect with their local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in the community. Chapters hold regular educational and social meetings, as well as participate in projects to benefit area charities.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP) and Instagram (HFTP_HITEC) for the latest news. For more information about HFTP chapters, visit http://www.hftp.org/hospitality_industry/.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has 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 or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.

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