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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.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - January 27

27 January 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:A New Chapter: Universities look to rewrite book on hospitality education - Hotel BusinessTricky business: Bringing guest content to the guestroom TV - Hotel ManagementSoundproofing Hotel Rooms Enhance Customer Satisfaction, Reduce Hotel Energy Costs - Hospitality Technology MagazineDon't 'Turndown' What Guests Want - Lodging MagazineCollaboration needed for revenue management in 2017 - 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.

Community@HFTP Snap Shot - Online Reservation Software

26 January 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: Online Reservation Software In this discussion, members discuss the need for a cloud based Spa & Fitness Reservation system. Several options are offered and the pros and cons of these are also addressed. 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.

Register Today for HFTP's first annual Club Technology Digital Learning Day

24 January 2017
Mark your calendar and register today for HFTP's first annual Club Technology Digital Learning Day on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST. This completely online event will explore some of the hottest topics our industry faces today. You do not have to pack or book a flight or even a hotel. Enjoy all of this great learning right from your own desktop. Contact Linnet Baskett at Linnet@hftp.org or +1 (512) 220-4018 for more information. Click here to view all upcoming HFTP webinars. REGISTER TODAY>Schedule10:30-11:30 a.m. CST | IT Strategic Planning | Register Now>12:00-1:00 p.m. CST | Appy Hour - An Intro to Mobile Apps for Your Club | Register Now>1:30-2:30 p.m. CST | The Latest Trends in Private Club Technology | Register Now>3:00-4:00 p.m. CST | IT Audits: Why it is Necessary and How to Get Started | Register Now>RegistrationHFTP Member: $20.00 USD per sessionNonmember: $50.00 USD per sessionSystem RequirementsHFTP Digital Learning Day may contain different types of files, which may require you to have a certain piece of software to view these files. These files include, but are not limited to: PDFs, Microsoft Word Documents, Microsoft PowerPoints Files or MP3s. To fully participate please make sure you have downloaded the latest versions of these general softwares: Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player.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.

Apply to Volunteer for an HFTP Council or Committee

24 January 2017
HFTP(r) committees and councils provide guidance and leadership to the association assuring that HFTP remains at the top of its league. The councils and committees are organized into two engagement levels. Click here to review the engagement levels and councils below to help determine which would be the best fit for your involvement.APPLY NOW>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.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - January 20

20 January 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:Finding the Balance Between Humans and Technology in Hospitality - Skift2017 Hospitality Industry Trends: Technology & Customer Experience - Glion BlogHoteliers should embrace innovation amid tech worries - Hotel News NowThe Future Is Now: Redefining Luxury Travel - Hotel BusinessDoes Tech Sell Rooms? - Marketing TravelVisit 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.

Certification Maintenance is Due January 31, 2017

19 January 2017
As a reminder, if your CHAE and/or CHTP maintenance cycle is from January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016, your completed forms are due to the HFTP(r) office by January 31, 2017. A total of 60 points (of which a minimum of 15 points in your specialty and a minimum of four points in ethics) is required to maintain these designations. To assist you in assessing your maintenance points, visit these links:CHAE Maintenance FormCHTP Maintenance FormClick here for more details about submitting your maintenance forms:CHAE InformationCHTP InformationContact Certification@hftp.org for more information.

HITEC Advisory Council Meets to Prepare More Successful Conferences

14 January 2017
The HITEC(r) Advisory Council met this week to continue planning for the second, and largest, HITEC event of 2017: HITEC Toronto (#HITECtor). HFTP(r)'s HITEC Toronto is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place 26-29 June at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, 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 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. HITEC Amsterdam will feature pre-conference programs on 28 March followed by the full event from 29-30 March 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.

HFTP Chapter Events January 16-31

13 January 2017
January 17, 2017Jamaica ChapterTime and Location TBDBoard of Directors MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJanuary 18, 2017New Mexico Chapter5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | REDWBitCoin Presentation by: Beth A. Mohr, CFE, CAMS, CCCI, MPA, PIFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERETreasure Coast Chapter5:00 - 8:00 p.m. | PGA Golf ClubTop Workplace Trends in 2017 and Leadership Resolutions to Consider presented by: Amy Crawford, President, Crawford Consulting Group, Inc.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJanuary 19, 2017Valley of the Sun Chapter6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Grand Canyon University HotelGrand Canyon University TourFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERELos Angeles Chapter6:00 p.m. | InterContinental Los Angeles Century CityJanuary Chapter MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMonterey Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Quail LodgeBring Your Best Practice presented by: Mark McMinn, MCCVB VP of SalesFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESouthern Alberta Chapter12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Fairmont PalliserWho's Sabotaging Your Most Valuable Assets? Presented by: Judith Ethier, CEO, Founder & Strategic ExpertFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJanuary 20, 2017Bay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. | Burlingame Country ClubRecords Retention and the DOL salary postponement presented by: Oleg Albert, Attorney at Law Allen, Glaessner, Hazelwood, Werth - San FranciscoFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECharlotte-Blue Ridge Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Ballantyne Country ClubSocial Media Roundtable DiscussionFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJanuary 21, 2017Greater Milwaukee Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Brian and Chris's houseWinter SocialFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJanuary 22, 2017Monterey Chapter4:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. | Monterey Plaza Hotel & SpaRancho Cielo's 8th Annual Culinary Round Up - Volunteer OpportunityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJanuary 24, 2017Florida Gold Coast Chapter8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Boca GroveEducational Breakfast | Jennifer A. Schwartz, Attorney at Law with Jackson Lewis P.C. will present Workplace Law Under President-Elect Donald Trump: What to Expect & Clare Vazquez -Peace, HR Business Partner with CertiPay will present The New OSHA RulesFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida Gulf Coast Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | The Country Club of NaplesEthics presented by: Dr. Eric Dent, Professor of Ethics at Florida Gulf Coast UniversityFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJanuary 25, 2017New York City Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | The Standard Hotel-High LineAerobic Digestion: the Smart Solution to Food Waste Disposal Presented by Spiro Frangos, Director of Business DevelopmentFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJanuary 26, 2017Ohio Valley Chapter4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Nationwide Hotel & Conference CenterJanuary Board MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJanuary 27, 2017Mid-Jersey Chapter6:00 p.m. | Park Ave ClubWine Pairing DinnerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERELong Island Chapter11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Rockaway Hunting ClubFederal and State Tax Update Presented by: Meyer Reichman of Condon O'Meara McGinty & Donnelly LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - January 13

13 January 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:A World-Renowned Futurist Reveals the Hotel Of The Future - Forbes MagazineHow to Win Millennial Business & Leisure Travel Loyalty - Hospitality Technology MagazineSmart Technologies: Affordable Capital Expenditures That Drive Revenue - Hotel Business ReviewThe Risks, Rewards of Converting Historic Buildings into Hotels - Lodging MagazineHotels trends, speculation mostly ignorable for 2017 - 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.

Community@HFTP Snap Shot - Internal Control Auditor/Team

10 January 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: Internal Control Auditor/TeamIn this discussion, members discuss the complexities involved in the internal audit process for clubs. They weigh the pros and cons of having a dedicated auditor handle the process and whether or not the responsibilities should be assigned to the club's board or the management team. 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 TodayFor 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.

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