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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.

Dispatches from HFTP Global Director: HITEC Amsterdam 2017

11 April 2017
So the day finally arrived: HITEC Amsterdam. After many strategy meetings and discussions about growing HFTP and HITEC, one of the industry’s most prominent shows, on March 29, 2017 HITEC Amsterdam kicked off to recording breaking attendance. How can one say it is record breaking when it is the inaugural event? Well, as a finance and technology group there are always goals and metrics established, and while forecasting is something we do well, we exceeded our expectations. Therefore, it was record breaking!

HFTP Chapter Event Highlight: Orange County Interest Meeting

10 April 2017
This month, HFTP is inviting HFTP members and hospitality industry professionals in the Orange County, California USA region to join a special Orange County Chapter Interest Meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. There has been interest in chartering an HFTP chapter in Orange County area, and HFTP is looking for members to be a part of the development of this chapter. Click here to reserve your spot today.

Time to Come in from the Cold

28 March 2017
The weather may be cool this coming week, but there will be lots of hot new products and warm-welcome networking opportunities at HITEC Amsterdam (#HITECams).

HFTP Continues to Build its Global Presence with First Membership Event in London

27 March 2017
HFTP hosted its first membership event in London this month at the Rosewood Hotel London on Monday, March 6, 2017. The first welcome we received was from the hotel dog – called Pearl – so named as the building the hotel resides in used to be the Pearl Assurance Banking Hall – and very grand it is.

Dispatches from HFTP Global Director: Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference 2017

24 March 2017
I had the great honor of attending the HFTP® Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference last month in Raleigh, North Carolina USA from February 23–25, 2017. This was my first regional conference, so I really did not know what to expect. Having attended many HFTP Annual Convention and HITEC® events over the years, I wondered how a regional conference would compare. It did not take long to find out.

The Impetus of Digitalization in European Hospitality

2 March 2017
A fortunate fact to begin with is that the hospitality industry across the world does not have oligarchic structures as, for instance, the car industry. Instead of a handful of a few large players, a mixture is in place, where several mid-size system gastronomy chains and thousands of individual restaurants represent a significant economic power with millions of jobs. In one of their presentations, Clipperton Finance, Europe’s leading independent investment bank fully focused on high growth technology companies, estimated that there are 800,000 restaurants across Europe that form one of the largest sub-digitized markets still in existence.

Dispatches from HFTP Global: CMAA World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo

28 February 2017
I recently attended and represented HFTP at the CMAA 90th World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo that took place from February 7–11, 2017 in Orlando, Florida USA. The event was held at the Orlando World Center Marriott – an amazing Orlando resort, just across the freeway of MouseTown, where each night magically comes to an end with a 9:00 p.m. firework show. With a perfect view from my 14th-floor balcony at my hotel, I enjoyed watching the firework performance nightly.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch 5/27/16

27 May 2016
Weekly Connect from Pineapplesearch.com. This week’s tour of news and information from Pineapplesearch.com. Here is what happened in hospitality this week

HOSPACE 2015 Serves Up Universal Hospitality Discussions

3 December 2015
London was calling on Thanksgiving this year. So, instead of having turkey and trimmings, a hefty portion of education on emerging technologies, revenue management and live interviews with international industry experts were served at HOSPACE 2015, a one-day annual conference and exhibition hosted by HOSPA. HFTP as a sponsor organization was well-represented with HFTP Global Director Michael Levie of CitizenM as one of the spotlight interviews. While many sessions were specific to trends and issues being faced in the local U.K. market, there were also discussions on universal topics faced by all. As always, one of the highlights of any conference besides the educational components are the opportunities to network, share and discuss issues with other delegates and get their perspectives on new and old topics.

Leader or Visionary, They Aren't Necessarily the Same Thing

30 November 2015
As I sat on my flight home from Dubai, I couldn’t help but reflect on the past few days: my experience in the Middle East, and the incredible size and scale of everything in Dubai. Things are growing there at a rate that I can’t begin to describe, and that, of course, means the hospitality industry is booming there as well. Dubai is home to the first 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab, which shuttles you from the airport in a helicopter and provides you a dedicated butler and personal in-suite chef, and the world’s tallest hotel: the JW Marriott Marquis. The sheer number of 4 and 5 star hotels there is staggering, and everywhere you look there are huge cranes working 24 hours a day on even more. There are currently 64,000 keys in Dubai, with 27,000 more coming in the next three years.

Video: HITEC 2011 Super Session: Cloud Computing

15 July 2011
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Video: HITEC 2011 Session: Beyond the Booking: Mobile Marketing in More Ways Than One

15 July 2011
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Bloomberg Television Features HFTP's GUESTROOM 2010

15 November 2007
founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology ---the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. For more information, visit .ABOUT IH/M&RS | The International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show is sponsored by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City, Inc., and the New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association; and is managed by GLM. Following a full-day of conference and networking activities on Saturday, November 10, the IH/M&RS will feature three full days of exhibits from Sunday, November 11, through Tuesday, November 13. The market presents some 1,250 hospitality industry suppliers and attracts approximately 35,000 in total trade attendance. For more IH/M&RS information, visit .

HITEC 2007 | Interview With HFTP 2007 Hospitality Technology Award of Merit Recipients Ed Hollinshead and Joseph A. Marko

10 July 2007
founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology ---the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. For more information, visit .

HOFEX 2007 | Interview with Agnes L. DeFranco | HFTP President

31 May 2007
founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology ---the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. For more information, visit .Interviewer: Terence Ronson, Managing Director Pertlink. Terence started his career as a Chef, and acquired his wealth of practical experience and knowledge whilst holding various management positions with Hilton International in Asia and at several prestigious hotel establishments in the U.K. After developing a personal interest in computers and technology some twenty years ago, Terence turned his attention on to this exciting and rapidly evolving aspect of the business, working with several prominent IT related companies in the hospitality industry, applying their products and services so as to streamline businesses, improve profitability, differentiate businesses and enhance the guest experience. Click here for more.

EHTEC 2007 Interview with Keynote Speaker Michael Levie | CEO Onestarisborn

12 March 2007
About EHTEC | In February 2007, Hospitality industry experts from more than 20 countries convened at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel for Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals' (HFTP) inaugural European Hospitality Technology Educational Conference (EHTEC). EHTEC is a forum where hoteliers and suppliers exchange ideas and concerns with each other and their peers. In addition to the educational conference designed by a Pan-European council of hoteliers, consultants, press and educational institutions, EHTEC features a limited number of sponsors. More at .Michael Levie worked for a variety of hotel chains (i.e. Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, NH Hoteles) all over the world. As vice president of operations he managed large portfolios of hotels, headed up "turn-a-round" and was involved in synergizing merging cultures. Michael also worked for SynXis, where he started and headed up the European office. Presently he owns his own hotel company that owns and operates hotels and is partner of a new start up chain "Onestarisborn", which is introducing a new business hotel concept. More at .HFTP, founded in 1952, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs and other hospitality-related businesses. HFTP provides first class educational opportunities to more than 4,600 members globally including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC. HFTP also awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. More at .

GUESTROOM 2010 | The Guided Tour... With Jules Sieburgh CHTP

28 June 2006
The LobbyIBM Biometric Self Service Check-In | Guestroom Office DeskTeleadapt AnyFill | TeleAdapt MediaHub | Teledex iPhone IP/Hybrid | HP PhotoSmart A176 | Flame Free Candles | Guestroom InteriorOSIM iSymphonic Massage Chair | LUX-HDA Art & Design | Philips Ambilight FlatTV| FP Sound Focusing Speakers | Guestroom KitchenTassimo Machine | Westinghouse UPC Barcode Snanning Microwave | Thermoelectric Refrigerator | Guestroom Digital AssistantGuestroom Digital Assistant (GDA-700TM) | Guestroom BathroomSwitchable Privacy Glass | EcoPower Faucet with Helix Spout | Sura Television Mirror | NEOREST 600 | The Shower-Shower | Aquavision Waterproof LCD TV | Guestroom GadgetsRobosapien V2 | Robopet | 3D Display | CEIVA Digital Photo Displays | Remote Control Flame Free Candles | Aquavision Waterproof LCD TV | Guestroom Virtual ConciergeIn-Room Virtual Video Valet | Guestroom Phone & ClockCisco Systems/Nevotek VIP-Suite | Clocky | Guestroom Digital Entertainment EnvironmentNethrone | Bluetooth Virtual Keyboard | Biometric Guestroom SafeBiometric Safe | Guestroom BedAMMIQUE 21st Century Bed Technology | GUESTROOM 2010 | From Idea to Execution...Interview with Carol Campbell Beggs, CHTPVP Technology | Sonesta International Hotels Corp.| GUESTROOM 2010 () is produced by Hospitality Financial Technology Professionals (HFTP) | Based in Austin, Texas, HFTP is the professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, resorts, clubs, casinos, restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses. The association provides continuing education and networking opportunities to more than 4,600 members around the world, and produces the premiere hospitality technology shows HITEC. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952 as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. HFTP and HITEC are registered service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. ProLinks is a service mark of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.

GUESTROOM 2010 _ Video Coverage on Channel kare11.com

27 June 2006
It has a comfortable bed with no mattress. It has picture frames that can be filled with artwork or photographs emailed by the occupant. It has a toilet that senses the user arriving, and opens the lid. It has a shower that, when the customer finishes using it, washes itself, so housekeeping people don't have to. It is GUESTROOM 2010, a demonstration room set up for hotel financial and technical professionals to examine and be inspired by. GUESTROOM 2010 was built by producers of HITEC, the Hotel Industry Technology Exposition and Conference, at the Minneapolis Convention Center, site of HITEC 2006.

HITEC 2006 Interview with Brian Garavuso, CIO Hilton Grand Vacations Company and Member of the HITEC Advisory Council

25 June 2006
Brian Garavuso's employer, Hilton Grand Vacations Company, LLC, (HGVC), is a full service vacation ownership development and management division of Hilton Hotels Corporation. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., HGVC develops, markets and operates a system of brand name, high-quality vacation ownership resorts in select vacation destinations. Previous to his position at Hilton, Garavuso provided strategic technology direction and I.T. management for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and before that was the vice president of technology for South Seas Resorts (SSR). Garavuso has been an active member of HFTP since 1994. He has served on the HFTP International Board of Directors and as chair of the Certified Hospitality Technology Professionals (CHTP) Advisory Council. He recently served as the 2005 chair for the HITEC Advisory Council, and served on the same council for many years.About HFTP - Based in Austin, Texas, HFTP is the professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, resorts, clubs, casinos, restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses. The association provides continuing education and networking opportunities to more than 4,600 members around the world, and produces the premiere hospitality technology shows HITEC. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952 as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. HFTP and HITEC are registered service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. ProLinks is a service mark of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.

HFTP Researching HITEC Europe Potential

14 March 2006
"HFTP has received many requests to bring HITEC to Europe," said HFTP International President Ralph Miller, CA, CBV, CHA, CHAE, and president and owner Inntegrated Hospitality Management Ltd. "The HFTP Board of Directors is now seriously researching this option in response to the growing interest and our recent goal to expand the HFTP brand outside of North America."In January, the HFTP Board of Directors held a strategic planning session to evaluate and discuss HFTP's numerous opportunities outside of North America and their impact on existing HFTP members. At the close of the meeting, the Board decided to actively pursue global opportunities, and in turn HFTP has established a European office and is participating in a number of hospitality industry events around the world. "Having produced HITEC for over three decades, the association has the expertise and the network to put on a significant European version of HITEC," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP CEO and executive vice president. "We are exploring the possibilities of a Pan-European conference held in a city like Amsterdam, Berlin or Paris."The proposed format would include two full days of conference education sessions, an opening welcome reception for attendees and sponsors, open evening for sponsor entertaining, and an exhibits area for sponsors to show their products.HFTP will conclude its due diligence process on this potential event by May 15, 2006, and an announcement will be made after consideration by the HFTP Board of Directors during their Global Expansion Strategic Planning meeting in June. Through its partnership with Hsyndicate, Inc., the leading global hospitality electronic news provider, HFTP already has a reach of more than 10,000 hospitality professionals throughout Europe, and should HFTP proceed, it is likely that HITEC Europe would happen as soon as early February 2007.Industry comments about this possible initiative can be e-mailed to hitec.europe@hftp.org.About HFTP (): Based in Austin, Texas, HFTP is the professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, resorts, clubs, casinos, restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses. The association provides continuing education and networking opportunities to more than 4,600 members around the world, and produces the premiere hospitality technology show HITEC. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952 as the National Association of Hotel Accountants.HFTP, HITEC and ONHTEC are registered service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. GUESTROOM 2010 and ProLinks are service marks of Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.

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