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HFTP Administers Updated CHAE Exam for Hospitality Professionals

21 April 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) recently launched the newly updated Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) certification exam. The new CHAE exam is now available for applicants, and was designed to give applicants the ability to utilize their financial knowledge and skills acquired. The CHAE Application is available for download on the HFTP website, and the policy and procedures includes detailed information on the application process and the requirements necessary to sit for the exam. The CHAE is a hospitality-specific designation which shows both a dedication to hospitality and accounting.The new CHAE exam now has four sections instead of five as was in the previous exam. The new exam features a more global finance focus, and is based on experiential learning from financial knowledge and skills acquired. Exam questions focus on financial accounting, managerial accounting, ethics, fraud, internal controls and general questions. Updated features also include an ethics and CHAE policies and procedures section. As an added benefit to those interested in hospitality certification, HFTP will conduct a CHAE webinar review series in May 2017. Also, exam review topics can be found on PineappleSearch.com, and revamped review slides can be found here on the HFTP website."HFTP certification indicates an individual's commitment to professionalism, continuing education and their chosen career path," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Certification can help hospitality professionals elevate their knowledge and skill as well as demonstrate superior industry performance."HFTP currently offers two hospitality-specific certifications: the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)). HFTP's certification programs are globally recognized for setting industry standards for hospitality finance and technology. Active certificants have reported higher salaries in the 2016 HFTP Compensation & Benefits Survey conducted by the HFTP Americas Research Center. HFTP offers the only designations for finance and technology professionals who are working in the hospitality industry. Qualification for the exams is based on level of education and experience in the industry; student programs are also available.To learn more about the updated CHAE exam click here. For more information on HFTP's certification programs, contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at certification@hftp.org. For the latest news, visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/ and stay tuned to HFTP Connect, HFTP News, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP) and Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC).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.

HFTP's Entrepreneur 20X Returns at HITEC Toronto with More Opportunities to Participate

19 April 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producer of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), will host its second Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) of 2017 on Monday, June 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at HITEC Toronto, the world's largest hospitality technology event. HFTP is currently accepting applications for participants, judges and mentors for E20X Toronto. Startups interested in competing in the hospitality technology innovation competition, and industry professionals who would like to serve as a judge or mentor, must apply by April 24 on the event website. Returning pitching applicants are welcome to come back and participate as long as they are considered Series A or a startup. All chosen startups, judges and mentors will be contacted by May 1, 2017.All registered HITEC attendees and exhibitors are welcome to view the innovative start-ups present cutting-edge ideas in a four-minute pitch to a panel of expert judges and HITEC Toronto attendees. The judge's panel will determine the grand prize, or E20X Judge's Award, winner who they deem "most innovative" that will take home $5,000 USD. HITEC Toronto attendees are encouraged to attend the competition, visit the startups at the E20X Pavilion on the exhibit hall floor as well as watch them present on Tuesday and Wednesday in the Digital Den. Attendees will determine the crowd favorite, or E20X People's Startup Award, winner by voting for their favorite startup through the HITEC 2017 app - available for download via the Apple Store or Google Play.Seasoned hospitality technology veterans will serve as mentors to inspire and educate our startups by lending them insights, expertise and guidance. Two E20X mentor opportunities are available to industry professionals who would like to volunteer: pre-show mentors and day-of competition mentors. Pre-show mentors will entertain a series of brief one-on-one calls with chosen pitchers leading up to the competition, providing coaching and pitch deck feedback. Day-of mentors will meet face-to-face with participants in a series of pre-booked meetups hours before the E20X Toronto competition takes place sharing their experience, getting their brain picked and making invaluable connections."E20X at HITEC Toronto is expected to be the largest competition to date," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "E20X is powerful way for hospitality technology startups to generate global exposure within our industry and further develop their products and services. The one-of-a-kind experience will provide participants with extensive knowledge and advice from judges and mentors as well as guarantee them a spot on the HITEC Toronto exhibit hall floor. New this year, participants will also be granted additional speaking opportunities at the world's largest hospitality technology event in days following the competition."E20X Toronto participants will receive further exposure among conference attendees with added speaking opportunities. On Tuesday and Wednesday following the E20X competition, all startups will be invited to provide a 10-minute presentation at the Digital Den stage at HITEC Toronto. HFTP will coordinate time slots with startups, and publish the schedule for attendees when available. Another added benefit, a barista service will be featured on Thursday at the E20X Pavilion on the HITEC Toronto exhibit hall floor.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 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.

HFTP Announces 2017 CHTP of the Year Recipient

19 April 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), will honor Clint DeMill, CHTP as the 2017 Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)) of the Year at HITEC Toronto this June. The CHTP of the Year award honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHTP certification exam within a given year. HITEC Toronto, HFTP's second and largest HITEC of 2017, will take place from June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada.DeMill began his hospitality career at a mountain resort in Utah USA in 1996. He later moved to The University Guest House at the University of Utah, which was preparing to host the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He has worked in hospitality accounting while earning a degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism at the University of Utah. DeMill contributes to many areas of the hotel, conferences and events, and also received his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2016. He is currently working as associate director of administration at The University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center."I first learned of HFTP at its HITEC 2012," said DeMill. "I was fortunate to join many others who specialized in both finance and information technology. I am honored to be selected as the 2017 CHTP of the Year by an esteemed association such as HFTP."Developed jointly by HFTP and the Educational Institute (EI) of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA), the CHTP designation is the ultimate achievement in hospitality information technology by showing a dedication to both the hospitality and technology industries. The CHTP exam was first given in 1994 at HITEC in Dallas, Texas USA. Since then, more than 400 professionals have earned the CHTP designation around the world. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) industry designation.HFTP's certification programs are globally recognized for setting industry standards for hospitality finance and technology. Qualification for the exams is based on level of education and experience in the industry; student programs are also available. Active certificants have reported higher salaries and various career advancement opportunities. Becoming certified indicates and individual's commitment to professionalism, continuing education and their chosen career path.For more information on HFTP's certification programs, contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at certification@hftp.org. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/. Download the all-inclusive HITEC 2017 multi-event app from the Apple Store or Google Play - information coming available as each event nears. For the latest news, stay tuned to HFTP Connect, HFTP News, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP) and Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). 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.

Service Charges: Then and Now

13 April 2017
Have you ever wondered about the history of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI)? Recently an HFTP member contacted the HFTP Americas Research Center to research the history of the treatment of service charges in the uniform system for hotels. This sent me down a path of discovery and I found myself fascinated at the changes throughout the years. For example, the 5th edition of the Uniform System of Accounts for Hotels, printed in 1952, presents information pertaining to “service charges to guests for the purchase of railroad, airplane, steamship or other transportation tickets.”

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.

Upcoming HFTP Webinars: 2017 Edition

5 April 2017
Registration is open for the following 2017 HFTP(r) webinars - secure your spot today. Click here to read more about HFTP webinars. Register NowApril 6 - CHTP Review Series Part 1: Hospitality ApplicationApril 13 - CHTP Review Series Part 2: Technology ManagementApril 18 - Key Changes in PCI DSS 3.2 for the Hospitlaity IndustryApril 20 - CHTP Review Series Part 3: Core TechnologyMay 10 - CHAE Review Series Part 1: Financial AccountingMay 11 - Chapter Leader Series: Forming Partnerships with Students and Student ChaptersMay 17 - CHAE Review Series Part 2: Managerial AccountingMay 24 - CHAE Review Series Part 3: Ethics, Fraud & Internal ControlsMay 31 - CHAE Review Series Part 4: GeneralUpcoming WebinarsMay 9 - Digital Learning Day, Europe (*Registration opens April 2017)May 18 - Digital Learning Day, Asia (*Registration opens April 2017)May 23 - HFTP Webinar Topic TBDJune 13 - HFTP Webinar Topic TBDJuly 20 - HFTP Webinar Topic TBDAugust 15 - HFTP Webinar Topic TBDAugust 24 - Chapter Leader Series: Leadership Transition - Ensureing Success for Future LeadersSeptember 20 - Club Digital Learning Day (*Registration opens August 2017)October 5 - HFTP Webinar Topic TBDOctober 12 - Chapter Leadership Series: Charting a Strong Chapter - Best Practices for PlanningNovember 16 - HFTP Webinar Topic TBDDecember 12 - HFTP Webinar Topic TBDInterested in presenting a webinar? Contact HFTP Meetings & Events Linnet Baskett for more information.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.

HFTP Exceeds Expectations with Inaugural HITEC Amsterdam

4 April 2017
Over 1,100 hospitality industry professionals from around the globe came together in Amsterdam this week to explore the industry's best practices and latest innovations at the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam. Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of the Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), exceeded its goal to successfully produce a European counterpart to its recognized, 45-year-old North American event. HITEC Amsterdam was held from March 28-30, 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. Based on this year's successful show, HFTP has already scheduled HITEC Amsterdam 2018 for April 11-13 at the RAI Convention Centre.The conference served as a regional, concentrated forum to discuss the ins-and-outs of hospitality technology via networking, education and exhibits. The event's educational program featured 30+ speakers, including two keynote presentations, which addressed trending topics such as: EU data privacy legislation, disruptive technologies, e-payments, technology for profit, IT and more. Attendees also had access to an exhibition hall that was home to 83 exhibit booths showcasing the latest in hospitality technology products and services."Thank you to everyone who worked tirelessly to make HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam an overwhelming success," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "We had early indications foreshadowing the event's popularity with the exhibit floor selling out in 72 hours last June to high pre-registration attendance numbers. HFTP is humbled to have surpassed its goal in producing the first European extension of HITEC, and look forward to the future."Expanding on industry innovation, HITEC Amsterdam also offered attendees the chance to witness HFTP's thrilling Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) innovation competition for hospitality startups - contestant Hyre won both the Judge's Award and the People's Startup Award. Exclusively sponsored by HoReCa.digital, HITEC Amsterdam served as the platform for HFTP to debut its popular E20X event in Europe for the first time.HITEC Amsterdam was the first of three HITECs that HFTP will produce this year. Next up, the larger HITEC Toronto is slated for June 26-29, 2017 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Ending the year, the inaugural HITEC Dubai - a Middle Eastern counterpart - will take place November 14-15 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE in partnership with Naseba.For the latest news, download the all-inclusive HITEC 2017 multi-event app from the Apple Store or Google Play - information coming available as each event nears. View the event photo gallery on the HITEC website or Flickr. Read posts from HITEC Amsterdam Guest Bloggers via HFTP's official hospitality blog, HFTP Connect. Follow HFTP/HITEC on HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP) and Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). For more information about HITEC, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or +1 (512) 249-5333. 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.

How to Make Hotel Technology Profitable

3 April 2017
Hotel tech professionals from all over the world gathered at HITEC Amsterdam last week. After dozens of informative sessions, inspiring keynote speeches and one thrilling hotel tech start-up pitch competition, one thing was very clear: The number of companies offering technologies that can benefit a hotel business is overwhelming. How is a hotelier to know which is the right piece of technology to implement? To help with that quandary, here are a couple of takeaways from the 45th HITEC—also the first ever to be held in Europe.

Dispatches from HFTP Global: Midwest Regional Conference

31 March 2017
As it was my first visit up to the Midwest, I was really looking forward to attending the Midwest Regional Conference March 16-18, 2017 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Bloomington is a suburb of Minneapolis and the conference was located at the at the Radisson Blu hotel which is right next to the Mall of America. Just to give you an idea how big it is, to walk around one level is 1.15 miles of the mall and nine Yankee Stadiums can fit inside the Mall of America. It is a big mall.

Entrepreneur 20X: Wi-Fi, Upselling and Digitalizing Daily Operations

29 March 2017
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017, HFTP’s hospitality start-up pitch competition Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) took place in Europe for the first time at HITEC Amsterdam. Each participant had four minutes to pitch their business concept, followed by four minutes for the expert judges panel to ask questions. I did notice that most of the start-ups were evolving around one (or more, in some cases) of three main hotelier-focused goals.

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!

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - April 7

7 April 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:Development, demand has Silicon Valley hotels trending - Hotel News NowThe Reputation Impact of Data Breach - 4hoteliers Innovative Hoteliers Want to Bring the Right Guests to Their Hotels - skiftThe Necessity of a Mobile-Booking Strategy - Lodging MagazineHow adjustable seating can boost a hotel's ROI - 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.

HITEC Amsterdam Photo Gallery Available Now

6 April 2017
Photos from HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam are available on the HITEC website as well as HFTP's Flickr stream. HITEC Amsterdam took place from March 28-30, 2017 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Click here to read the final details press release from the event.View the Photo Gallery>View the Flickr Stream>

E20X Participant Hyre Won Big at HITEC Amsterdam Last Week

6 April 2017
HFTP brought its overwhemingly popular Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) innovation pitch competition, designed specifically for hospitality startups, to Europe for the first time at it's successful inaugural HITEC Amsterdam last week on March 28, 2017. Participant Hyre won both the E20X Judge's Award and E20X People's Startup Award. The expert panel of E20X judges deliberated after the pitches concluded and selected Hyre as the Judge's Award winner - this includes a grand prize of EUR2,500 EUR. HITEC Amsterdam attendees were encouraged to visit the E20X participating startups at the E20X Innovation Hub and vote for their favorite via the HITEC 2017 app (download via Apple or Google Play). Hyre also won the crowd favorite, or popularity, vote by winning the People's Startup Award as well. About HyreHyre is based in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada. Hyre seeks to effectively eliminate the need for an event staffing agency by putting the power back in the hands of those involved - event staff and event organizers. Hyre is an online marketplace that operates by connecting event organizers directly with independently contracted event staff - improving their staff management and overall experience level to their customers. Event staff can create their own profiles, post their availability and specify their desired hourly rate. Event organizers have control over their budget, staffs' skills and rate staffs' performance after the event. Hyre charges event staff a 20 percent fee on the hourly wages they earn; its online marketplace allows event staff to earn higher wages while greatly reducing the costs for event organizers. Learn More>E20X exclusive sponsor>E20X Participant Blog>HITEC Amsterdam Final Details Press Release>

Community@HFTP Snap Shot - Auto Pay for Member Accounts

5 April 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: Auto Pay for Member Accounts In this discussion, members discuss the complex issue of automatic payment renewals. They approach this from the logistics and personal perspective. Many valuable tips and tricks are shared that ultimately make the decisions a bit easier. 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.

Upcoming HFTP Orange County Chapter Interest Event

5 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 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. There has been interest in chartering an HFTP chapter in Orange County, California, and HFTP is looking for members to be a part of the development of this chapter.When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Where: Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa (3050 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626)What: Networking and reception followed by an HFTP Global update presented by HFTP Global Board Member Mark Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBAClick here to RSVP.

HFTP Global Spring 2017 Recruitment Campaign

5 April 2017
HFTP members do you know an industry professional who you think would be a great new member? Tell them about the special HFTP 65th anniversary membership introductory offer. New members get $100.00 USD off $375.00 USD annual membership. To forward to a friend, click here. *The offer is good through May 15, 2017.Also, if you know of a Young Professional who is interested in HFTP membership, tell them about the Young Professional introductory offer. New Young Professional members get $30 USD off $150 USD annual YP membership. For more information about the offer, click here. *The offer is good through May 15, 2017.Offer is for new HFTP members only. New members not must have had prior affiliation with HFTP within one year. Offer not valid on renewing members, group or student memberships.Learn More about HFTP Membership>HFTP Member Benefits>HFTP Member Types>Read More on HFTP Connect>

Welcome New HFTP Members from March 2017

5 April 2017
HFTP(r) is proud to welcome its new members who joined last month in March. Please welcome the newest members to HFTP. Learn more about HFTP Membership by watching a quick membership video.HFTP Global Spring 2017 Recruitment CampaignHFTP members do you know an industry professional who you think would be a great new member? Tell them about the special HFTP 65th anniversary membership introductory offer. New members get $100.00 USD off $375.00 USD annual membership. To forward to a friend, click here. (*The offer is good through May 15, 2017).Also, if you know of a Young Professional who is interested in HFTP membership, tell them about the Young Professional introductory offer. New Young Professional members get $30 USD off $150 USD annual YP membership. For more information about the offer, click here. (*The offer is good through May 15, 2017).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.

HFTP Announces Team for Hospitality Program for Upcoming GDPR Compliance Deadline

2 April 2017
AMSTERDAM -- As hospitality companies conducting business in Europe prepare to make operational changes to conform with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Hospitality Financial and Technology Professional (HFTP(r)) has put together a team of experts to prepare supporting resources for the industry. Specifically, the association has recruited an advisory council to develop Hospitality Data Protection Officer (DPO) Guidelines along with a Hospitality Data Protection Officer certification program, with a release date of Summer 2017. A key requirement in the GDPR is that companies who handle large stores of sensitive personal information must assign a DPO, and it is estimated that this could open approximately 28,000 positions overall. Impacting both the finance and technology areas and with a required compliance date of May 25, 2018 for the GDPR, HFTP has deemed it critical to develop resources for hospitality technology operations which assist in installing this newly-mandatory position.HFTP, which produces HITEC(r) the oldest and largest hospitality technology conference and exposition, has expanded the brand internationally with three events in 2017. This includes the just concluded HITEC Amsterdam, March 28-30 with 1,121 attendees and 83 exhibitors and an education program with a unique European perspective. The GDPR and general data protection were top issues of discussion amongst the group of European technologists and highlighted the importance to HFTP leaders the importance to developing resources in advance of next year's deadline."By the nature of a hospitality business, hospitality companies now collect vast amounts of personal data to assist in providing seamless and personalized services to their guests. With that, in the coming year, hospitality technology operations doing business in Europe will need to focus on making compliance happen," said Frank Wolfe, CAE. "By making available these guidelines and directives from experts specifically knowledgeable with the hospitality space, HFTP is aiming to ease the unique protection challenges ahead."The mandate for the DPO is described in Article 39 of the GDPR and requires the position to inform and advise employees on requirements, ensure compliance and act as the contact point.HFTP currently offers two hospitality-specific certifications: the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)) and the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) each demonstrating competencies in finance and technology. This puts HFTP in a unique position to establish a hospitality-specific certification for DPOs. With a team of experts, HFTP will build a program that demonstrates an individual's competency for the position within a hospitality company.This year, HFTP will also produce its larger North American event HITEC Toronto from June 26-29 and HITEC Dubai from November 14-15, 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/.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.

Certification Maintenance Reporting/Payment Late Period Deadline

31 March 2017
REMINDER - Certification Maintenance Reporting/Payment Late Period Deadline is fast approaching!If your CHAE/CHTP Maintenance Reporting Cycle is January 01, 2015 through December 31, 2016, the late extension deadline of April 30, 2017, is coming soon! This requirement, as stated in the CHAE/CHTP Policy & Procedures, entails submitting your continuing education maintenance report along with supporting documentation with your payment of the maintenance renewal fee (separate from the membership fee) and the late fee of $40.00 USD.For any questions regarding your maintenance reporting cycle or renewal fees, please contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at certification@hftp.org and/or direct: +1.512.220.4021.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - March 31

31 March 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:One Big Happy Business - Club & Resort BusinessBrexit Briefing: What the Travel Industry Needs to Know - skiftHappy Customers = Increased Sales - Hotel OnlineBrands optimistic on opportunities to increase scale - Hotel News NowFive Ways to Delight Customers - Lodging MagazineVisit 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.

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