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Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - May 19

19 May 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:Are select-service hotels with F&B more profitable? - Hotel News Now10 hotels to commune with nature - CNNThe shameful truth behind what happens to all your leftover hotel toiletries - telegraph.co.ukEuropean Airlines Are Getting Ready for the U.S. Laptop Ban - SkiftHow automation is changing environmental controls - 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.

Join the HFTP Community and Save

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

Chapter Events - May 16-31

12 May 2017
HFTP Chapter events for the second half of May:May 17, 2017CA - Central Coast Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | JaneHFTP Central Coast Member Recruitment Event with Lucinda Hart, HFTP Global Chief Operations OfficerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFL - Manasota Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | The Field ClubRSM Private Club Trends presented by: Phil Newman, Partner, National Industry Leader - Private ClubsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMay 18, 2017CA - Monterey Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Carmel Valley RanchHFTP Global Update by HFTP Global Officer Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBAFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERETN - Nashville Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Music City CenterA Focus on Employment and Labor Law during the First 100 Days of Trump's Presidency presented by: Aron Karabel with Waller LawFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREVA - Central Virginia Chapter8:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Willow Oaks Country ClubEthics In Hospitality - presented by: Jim Cole - CEO of the Masonic Home of VirginiaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREWA - Puget Sound Chapter12:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Kimpton Alexis HotelHFTP GPS Chapter 5 CPE Half-Day SeminarFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREDC - Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Springfield Golf & Country ClubMay '17 meeting - Boot CampFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMay 19-20, 2017TX - 8th Annual HFTP Texas Regional Meeting11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Embassy Suites-Dallas/Love FieldFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMay 19, 2017CA - Northern California Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Hotel NikkoHFTP Northern California Chapter's Officer & Board of Director Installation Celebration and DinnerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENC - Central Carolina Chapter10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Governors ClubAccounting Updates 2017 presented by: Don McNeill - Assurance PartnerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENC - Charlotte-Blue Ridge Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Highlands Country ClubAccounting Changes for Leases presented by: Bill Smith from Dixon Hughes GoodmanFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECA-Southern California Desert11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.|Toscana Country ClubDHAA's Annual Golf TournamentFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMay 23, 2017CA - San Diego Chapter11:30 a.m. | Bahia Resort HotelHFTP San Diego Luncheon - Cal/OSHA San DiegoFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREPA - Greater Philadelphia Chapter5:30 p.m. | The Merion Cricket ClubCyber Attacks: Why your business is at risk and why you need a Cyber Audit! Presented by: Joseph Saracino, President & CEO, Frederick J. Santarsiere, Risk & Compliance Specialist Cino Ltd. CompaniesFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENM - New Mexico Chapter6:00 p.m. | Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown HotelSick Leave Initiate presented by: Carol Wight, CEO of the New Mexico Restaurant AssociationFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMay 24, 2017AZ - Valley of the Sun Chapter6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Total Wine & MoreWine Tastings and Beverage ControlFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREWI - Milwaukee Chapter8:30 - 11:00 a.m. | The Town ClubMay Morning MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFL - Gulf Coast Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Imperial Golf ClubThe New Medical Marijuana Law: How Will It Affect The Workplace? Presented by Gregory A. HearingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMay 25, 2017IL - Chicago Chapter5:30 - 10:00 p.m. | Schamburg Boomers StadiumBehind the Scenes Running a Baseball Team - Presented by: Todd Fulk, Schaumburg Boomers Business ManagerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOH - Cleveland/ Akron Chapter4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Kirtland Country ClubRoundtable Discussion Hosted by: Laura Schwarz, Kirtland Country ClubFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECanada - Ontario Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Sheraton CenterOntario Chapter Dinner MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOH - Ohio Valley Chapter4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Nationwide Hotel & Conference CenterMay Education EventFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMay 26, 2017CO - Rocky Mountain Chapter5:40 p.m. | Coors FieldRockies vs. Cardinals gameFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMay 31, 2017FL - Treasure Coast Chapter8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | John's Island ClubAdvanced Excel SeminarFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - May 12

12 May 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:Cost-cutting strategies help to drive hotel revenue - Hotel News NowLatest tech-driven era in travel needs a new type of rock star leader - tnoozHow Luxury Hotels Can Adapt to a Rising and Wealthier Middle Class - SkiftCybercriminals Increasingly Target Hotel Contact Centers - Hospitality Technology MagazineHotel Bathroom Design Trends for 2017 - 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.

Toronto - HITEC 2017 - Welcome to Canada!!

10 May 2017
Written By: Steven BronkenAs a Canadian in the hospitality industry, I am beyond elated that one of the biggest shows in hospitality is coming to Canada!! HITEC is a little over a month away and Toronto will prove to be an excellent venue!I have always been a proponent of bringing people north of the border, which is evident by two previous HTNG events in both Halifax, NS and St. John's NFLD (pic below from Signal Hill, NFLD - HTNG Insight Meeting - August 2016).For many in the hospitality industry, Canada is the untouched frontier. Many of us have travelled to all the main hubs in the US (several, several times), so much so that Toronto is going to be a very nice change of pace for everyone.With this in mind, I wanted to pass along a few key tidbits (or timbits) of information to my American Colleagues to help them with their visit north this June.Getting Here! Toronto is a great city, but suffers as many cities do from large issues with traffic. In 2015 Toronto had the worst traffic in Canada and the 47th worst in the world. With this in mind, leave extra time for travel. Toronto has Uber, Taxis, Lyft and other forms of transit........... however traffic and delays are common so be prepared. Your trip from Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to downtown will cost you between $60 & $130 Canadian and take you between 45 minutes and an hour (on a good day) with a distance of 17.97 miles. If possible, land at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), which lands right downtown on an island a short ferry ride to downtown. Additionally, YTZ is not undergoing a major runway construction project, so you are less likely to get delayed as at YYZ.The Weather! Despite what you have heard about Canada, you can leave your parka, toque (i.e. knitted winter cap) and winter gloves behind. Current forecasted weather during HITEC should range from a high of 25' to a low of 12' (Ha! Welcome to Canada! This is celsius............ in Farenheit you are looking at a balmy 77'F & 53.6'F). This is perfect walking around and patio weather..............at least for a Canadian!The Beer! Being north of the border, you are bound to experience a little bit of our brew. Canada is known for our beer and Canadians are known for enjoying beer......... a perfect combination. This brings us back to an all time question for the ages: "is Canadian beer really stronger?" According to websites (link included), the average "normal" beer has just a slightly higher alcohol content than American beer, with a range of 4.0% to 6.1% alcohol by volume (ABV) as compared to America's 4.1% to 5.9% ABV. There also appear to be more popular Canadian beers with an ABV over 5% than popular American beers in that range. All in all, Canadian beer is excellent, and there are some great choices...... ask me in person and I will give you plenty of recommendations!Conversions, Conversions, Conversions....... In Canada, you are going to need a few good conversion tools to calculate the difference in distance, temperature and dollar value. You can download an all in one converter here that will cover all these items for you.Tim's / Timmie's / Tim Horton's - Yes, if you need it, Canada has Starbucks to give you that daily fix. However, while in Canada, why not enjoy one of the Canadian local favorites! At Tim Horton's you won't find your Iced, Haff Caff, Ristretto, Venti, 4-Pump, Sugar Free, Cinnamon, Dolce Soy Skinny Latte (whatever the heck that is) but you will get an excellent, no nonsense coffee. Coffee here is simple, with the usual types being Black / single-single / double-double / triple-triple (with each number representing first sugar then cream). A complete guide to ordering the perfect Tim's coffee can be found here.The People! - Yes, you will find the people in Canada very, very friendly........... and history has proven that there is a good chance we know that other Canadian you know (this has happened time over time to both myself as well as many other people I know). Please remember however that Toronto is also the 4th largest city in North America (after Mexico City, NY NY, and LA), and therefore not everyone will be looking out for your best interests........ and "No - Tim Horton's does not have a valet" despite what someone tells you.HITEC is bound to be an excellent show and an excellent venue, and I for one am super excited to welcome you all to Canada! Remember bring your passport, your thirst for knowledge, brew and a good time................ and if you have a chance, stop into our booth #535 and say "Hello!"Read Full Article>

HFTP Florida Gluf Coast Chapter Luncheon: May 24, 2017

9 May 2017
Save the date for Wednesday, May 24, 2017, and join the HFTP Florida Gulf Coast Chapter for a luncheon and speaker presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Imperial Golf Club. Registration will open at 11:00 a.m. - if you plan on attending this event please RSVP to keithh@clubmediterra.com. HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE will be in attendance, and begin the meeting with an HFTP Global update. Gregory Hearing, shareholder at Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez and Hearing, P.A., will give a presentation on "The New Medical Marijuana Law: How Will It Affect The Workplace?" - this is a good topic for human resources professionals to attend.Please note: Payment through WePay is required at registration. This is a secure third-party payment process through Constant Contact. Cancellations provided prior to 48-hours from the event will be refunded to the credit card provided at time of registration.Event Details At-a-GlanceWho: HFTP Florida Gulf Coast ChapterWhat: Luncheon, speaker presentation & HFTP Global updateWhen: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.Where: Imperial Golf Club (1808 Imperial Golf Course Blvd. Naples, Florida USA)RSVP: keithh@clubmediterra.comSpeaker Presentation DetailsLast November, Florida overwhelmingly passed Amendment 2, making Florida one of what is now a majority of states that has legalized some form of marijuana use. But the amendment's passage was not the end of the fight, and the battle over the past six months has included high-profile advocates, governmental figures and administrations and a swell of grassroots supporters. Lost in the protracted conflict is how, exactly, the new medical marijuana law will affect the workplace, and more specifically, employer rights. Although it is still unclear how Amendment 2 will operate once it becomes law, Florida can look to states that were earlier adopters of medical marijuana and find some clarity in how its employers should proceed so that they are safely in compliance. To help clear the air of smoke and uncertainty, Gregory Hearing, a Shareholder at Thompson, Sizemore, Gonzalez and Hearing, P.A., in Tampa, will give tips and guidelines for employers so that they understand how Amendment 2 may change the workplace.Learn More>

Welcome New HFTP Members from April 2017

5 May 2017
HFTP(r) is proud to welcome its new members who joined last month in April. Please welcome the newest members to HFTP. Learn more about HFTP Membership by watching a quick membership video.HFTP Global Spring 2017 Recruitment Campaign - Tell a FriendThe HFTP Spring 2017 recruitment campaign has been extended. If you know an industry professional who may be thinking about joining HFTP, let them know about the spring membership introductory offer. New members get $100.00 USD off $375.00 USD annual membership. To forward the offer to a friend, click here. The offer is good through 6/30/17.There is also a special new member introductory offer for Young Professionals. New Young Professional members get $30.00 USD off $150.00 USD annual YP membership. For more information about the offer, click here. The offer is good through 5/31/17.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.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.

Congratulations to the New CHTP Designees

5 May 2017
The following individual passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) this month. Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New CHTPMark Mospan, CHTP * Vice President Information Technology * Kessler Collection * USAFor questions or more information on HFTP's certification programs, contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at robin.bogdon@hftp.org or +1 (512) 220-4021. Learn more about the CHAE and CHTP.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - May 5

5 May 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:What hoteliers should know about video enhancement - Hotel News NowFour ways wearable tech could benefit travel companies and customers - tnoozUsing outdoor elements to improve hotel design - Hotel ManagementThe power of empathy in business - eHotelierThe impact of holiday infrastructure and sustainability on the tourism industry - Top Hotel NewsVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

HFTP Digital Learning Day, Europe is May 9, 2017

4 May 2017
Join HFTP for its inaugural Digital Learning Day, Europe on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 10:00 to 15:30 CEST. This completely online event will explore some of the hottest topics the hospitality industry faces today. REGISTER NOW>Schedule10:00 - 11:00 CEST | Revenue Management11:30 - 12:30 CEST | From Data Chaos to Data Insight13:00 - 14:00 CEST | Corporate Social Responsibility14:30 - 15:30 CEST | IT Cyber SecurityLearn More>

HFTP Global Spring 2017 Recruitment Campaign - Tell a Friend

3 May 2017
The HFTP Spring 2017 recruitment campaign has been extended. If you know an industry professional who may be thinking about joining HFTP, let them know about the spring membership introductory offer. New members get $100.00 USD off $375.00 USD annual membership. To forward the offer to a friend, click here. The offer is good through 6/30/17.There is also a special new member introductory offer for Young Professionals. New Young Professional members get $30.00 USD off $150.00 USD annual YP membership. For more information about the offer, click here. The offer is good through 5/31/17.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>HFTP Membership>

HFTP Central Coast Chapter Membership Recruitment Event

3 May 2017
HFTP's California Central Coast chapter is hosting a Membership Recruitment Event on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jane Restaurant in Santa Barbara, California USA. You are invited to this event to meet with HFTP members and other industry professionals in the area. HFTP's California Central Coast chapter is looking to grow membership in the area. Plus, HFTP Chief Operations Officer Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA will be presenting the HFTP Global Update. Come learn what is happening around the world with HFTP, the future direction of HFTP, and what value it brings to members. Lucinda has over 20 years of association management and customer service experience in the areas of certification, membership, chapter relations, meeting planning, and governance & administration. Lucinda is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the association, managing 24 staff members, as well as representing HFTP at numerous industry global events.If you plan on attending this event, please RSVP to chapteradmin@hftp.org.Learn More>

2017 HFTP Australian Chapter Seminar

3 May 2017
The HFTP Australia Chapter is hosting its first 2017 HFTP Australian Chapter Seminar. HFTP members and industry professionals are invited to attend on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the Canopus Meeting Room in Pyrmont, NSW Australia. Free for HFTP members; $35.00 AD per guest attendee. Schedule: 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. | Registration & Welcome; Damien Murphy, HFTP Australian Chapter President 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. | Presentation: "PCI Compliance-Payment Gateway Systems" The industry move to tokenisation and what the benefits are to the clientHow tokensiation reduces the PCI compliance foot-print for the hospitality industryThe changing landscape of payments including things like Digital Wallets, Alipay, Wechat and new payment device technology5:15 - 5:45 p.m. | Question & Answer 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. | Networking Drinks To RSVP for the event, please email bev@ontargett.com.au.Learn More>

HFTP Monterey Chapter Event

3 May 2017
Do not miss the May HFTP Monterey Chapter meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California USA. At this meeting, HFTP Chief Operations Officer Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA will be presenting the HFTP Global Update, where the chapter will get an in-depth look at what is going on around the world with HFTP, the direction HFTP is heading in the future and what value it brings to members.To RSVP for the event, please email tbau@portolahotel.com. Learn More>

HFTP Northern California Chapter's Officer & Board of Directors Installation Celebration and Dinner

3 May 2017
HFTP members of the HFTP Northern California Chapter are invited to attend the HFTP Northern California Chapter's Officer & Board of Directors Installation Celebration and Dinner on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco, California USA. At this meeting, HFTP will celebrate and install the chapter's new board of directors and honor the chapter's outgoing president, Tony Llanos, in recognition for his many years of volunteerism and service to the Chapter.HFTP Chief Operations Officer Lucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, and HFTP Chapter Relations Coordinator Victoria Schaefer will also be in attendance to kick off the chapter's revitalization efforts. This meeting will be free to the members of the HFTP Northern California Chapter. Attendees may invite one guest to attend the installation and celebration dinner.To RSVP for the event, please email chapteradmin@hftp.org.Learn More>

HFTP 8th Annual Texas Regional Educational Conference

2 May 2017
Join your fellow hospitality Accounting and Technology professionals at the 8th Annual Texas Regional Educational Conference which is being held on Friday, May 19, 2017 and Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Embassy Suites - Dallas Love Field in Dallas, Texas USA. This year, the HFTP North Texas Chapter is hosting the event.This year's event will have nine presentations covering a number of timely topics of interest to finance and technology professionals. Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn 13.2 CPE credits, with an additional 4.8 CPE credits available if you attend either the CHAE or CHTP certification review session. In addition to all of the classes and activities planned, the conference offers the opportunity to network with your peers from the State of Texas and beyond.READ MORE>

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - April 28

28 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:What industry experts want from a hotel stay - Hotel News NowPutting the Front Desk in the Hotel Guest's Pocket - New York TimesIndustry Struggles to Track Travelers Across Devices - Lodging MagazineBusiness Travelers Are Stressed About Safety and Work-Life Balance - skiftThe nose knows: Hotel scents are no accident - Boston GlobeVisit 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.

Open Travel Alliance Published New Golf 2.0 Distribution Standard Enhancing the Golfers Digital Experience

27 April 2017
The OpenTravel Alliance (OpenTravel) has finalized and published the highly anticipated Golf 2.0 Digital Standard for adoption free of charge throughout the travel and tourism industry.The Golf 2.0 Digital Standard is designed to allow the golf enthusiast to research and reserve a round of golf effortlessly by being able to search and retrieve information for facilities with golf, check tee time availability, book tee times, and much more. Furthermore, this updated Standard provides an added value for various travel and tourism verticals, such as hotels or car rental companies, and ground transportation by enabling the opportunity for the golfer to secure golf reservations on site instantly."On behalf of the PGA of America and as a board member of the Golf USA Tee Time Coalition we support consistent technical standards for connectivity and content to facilitate an efficient, open marketplace," said Paul Levy, President of the PGA of America. "The challenge is getting disparate systems to talk to each other and share information (rates, reservations, customer data). As we look to benchmark the golf industry against lodging and airlines, the OpenTravel 2.0 Direct Connect Standard is an important step forward."The Golf 2.0 Standard was commissioned for development by a group of companies who will also be some of the first adapters. This dynamic group made up the Project Team who represents various parts of the golf, travel, tourism, and leisure industry and includes companies such as Disney, Avis Budget Group, Marriott and Golf USA Tee Time Coalition. Other companies included in the development are Century Golf, Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), LinksRez (Project Team Chair), National Golf Course Owners Association, National Golf Course Owners Association - Myrtle Beach Chapter, TinkeyWorks and Travelport.Read Full Press Release>

HFTP Plans for Annual Convention 2017

26 April 2017
The HFTP Annual Convention Education Advisory Council and Nominating Committee met last week at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida USA to prepare for this year's Annual Convention. HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE was in attendance along with other association representatives.A tentative secudule for this year's program can be found on the Annual Convention website, and will be continuously updated as new information becomes available. Those who would like to attend the event in October can justify their attendance with helpful tips found on the website.Annual Convention 2017 will take place from October 25-27 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - April 21

21 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:Independent hotels tie green strategy into experience - Hotel News NowAutomation Opportunities for Luxury Hotels & Travel - Hotel Speak... Talking HotelsDoes the Guest of the Future want High Tech or High Touch? - Ecole hoteliere de LausanneHow to control costs at your hotel - Hotel ManagementHeightened Millennial Expectations Shift the Travel Industry - 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.

Canadian Officials Welcome HFTP's HITEC Toronto

21 April 2017
HFTP is honored to receive greetings from Tourism Toronto and Canadian officials including the Prime Minister, Mayor of Toronto and The Premier of Ontario. The officials extended a warm welcome to everyone attending HFTP's Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)) being held in Toronto this June - the 45th anniversary since the event's creation in 1972.In a personal message from Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne, HFTP and its members were recognized for "the vital role they play in fostering a global network of interest and expertise in the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry." Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P., commended HFTP and it's organizers for developing a conference program - the largest of its kind - that supports the growth and advancement of the hospitality technology industry. Also mentioning that the event's wealth of new ideas will be an inspiration for professional success. View the welcome letters below.About HITECHITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand backed by 45 years of planning expertise from the only organization that internationally produces nonprofit hospitality conferences -- Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)). 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 breaks tradition in 2017 with plans to host for the first time, three different HITECs all taking place outside of the United States: Amsterdam, Toronto and Dubai. HITEC Amsterdam was held March 28-30. HITEC Toronto is June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and HITEC Dubai is November 14-15 at the Conrad 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.

Congratulations 2017 CHTP of the Year: Clint DeMill, CHTP

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.Read More>

HT-NEXT Visits Rosen College of Hospitality Management

18 April 2017
Almost 300 HT-NEXT conference attendees filled the Rosen College of Hospitality Management's Darden Auditorium on Monday, April 10, 2017, as part of the conference's first day of sessions. For a little over an hour, information and ideas about hospitality technology workgroups was shared, in a lead up to the soft-opening of the Rosen College's Hospitality Technology & Innovation Lab.The Lab, is a hub of product demonstration and testing, research, professional training and innovative education to advance the hospitality industry. In its current temporary space on the second floor of the campus' main classroom building, the Lab links practical lecture-based learning to real-life experience, and extends high quality education and training to students and professionals worldwide.At launch, in its infancy, the Lab is supported by two major sponsors, Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP) and Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG), and industry partners such as Samsung and Freeman. HTNG is a global not-for-profit trade association that fosters, through collaboration and partnership among hoteliers and technology providers, the development of next-generation solutions enabling global business enterprises. HTNG is providing work group opportunities and solutions for the Lab over at a three-year period. Rosen College will be undergoing an expansion over the next two years, adding a 50,000 square-foot building to the campus. In the new building, 4,000 square-feet will be carved out to house the Lab, allowing for more work groups and greater flexibility for learning and research.The Lab's mission, goals and purpose are as follows:Establish a product and service test-bed along with evaluation services for the hospitality industry and supporting technology suppliers.Consumers can perform product testing on new technologies and innovations and lead focus group efforts.Develop a lab for the hotel of the future and technologies for the next generation of travelers.Enhance the quality of education by providing students with a virtual hotel world lab.Students will practice customer service and operational skills in an online, multi-user 3D simulation, allowing them to visualize and interact with the tools.The idea for the lab was spawned by alumni David Heckaman, Vice President of Technology, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, who fully supports training future leaders of the hospitality industry with the latest technology available.HT-NEXT's visit to the Rosen College campus culminated with a reception in the college's courtyard. HTNG sponsored the reception. The HT-NEXT conference was hosted at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort, located next door to the college and ran from April 10 to April 13, 2017.Read Full Article>Rosen College's Hospitality Technology & Innovation Lab>Lab Founding Sponsors>

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - April 17

17 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:Smart business hotels where work meets play - CNNDon't prioritize profits over hospitality - Hotel News NowA Career in Luxury: Passion Required - Hotel OnlineTravel experiences shouldn't include mismatched outlets - Hotel ManagementThe impact of emerging technology on corporate travel - tnoozVisit 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 - April 16-30

12 April 2017
HFTP Chapter events for the second half of April, 2017 April 18, 2017Florida Gulf Coast Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Palmira Golf ClubFlorida Sales Tax presentation by Guest Speaker Dave Elder from RSM US, LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew Mexico Chapter6:00-8:30 p.m. | Buffalo Thunder ResortCrime Statistics, Identity Fraud & Credit Card FraudFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 19, 2017Florida Treasure Coast Chapter5:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Maple StreetSocial with Daniel Conti HFTP Global Past PresidentFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERELong Island Chapter4:30 - 7:30 p.m. | North Fork Country ClubLong Term Capital Planning-The Roadmap to Financial Sustainability Presented by: Dave Duval & Joe Abely, Club Board Professionals, LLCFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE April 20, 2017Houston Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Houston Country ClubFederal, state, and local tax challenges presentation by Jaye Calhoun - partner in the New Orleans office of Kean MillerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECentral Virginia Chapter3:00 - 5:00 p.m. | The Jefferson HotelUnclaimed Property in Virginia presented by Jennifer Arias, CPA, Senior Manager of State & Local Tax for RSM US LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREWashington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Manor Country ClubApril Chapter Meeting - HR UpdateFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid Florida/Orlando Chapter12:30 - 7:45 p.m. | The Plaza Grand Resort & SpaHFTP & Lodging & Hospitality Association of Volusia County Mini EducationalFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREPuget Sound Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Thompson Seattle HotelWhat's New in the Newest Seattle Hotel? Property Tour of the new Thompson HotelFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECleveland/Akron Chapter8:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Canterbury Golf ClubFintech-Alcohol Electronic Payment System presented by Sue Horning, Account Executive of FINTECHFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE April 21, 2017Monterey Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Hyatt Regency MontereyRevenue Management PresentationFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESouthern Alberta Chapter6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Delta Banff Royal Canadian LodgeDinner Meeting with a presentation by a Representation from XeroxFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESouth Carolina Chapter11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Kiawah Island ClubPresentations - 401K and fiduciary responsibility & Workers Comp and strategies to bring associates back to work properlyFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | La RinconadaLabor Updates With Health Care presented by Mike Bryant - Dudum Financial - ACA update | Bruce Sarchat - Labor Law updatesFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERECharlotte - Blue Ridge Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Peninsula ClubChapter meeting - OSHA and Controlling Worker's Compensation Costs presented by Rob Kay, Risk Control Manager, Oasis OutsourcingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE April 22, 2017Northern Connecticut Chapter2:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Litchfield DistilleryWinter Social and 2017 Planning MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 25, 2017Jamaica ChapterTime and Location TBDApril Membership MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida Manasota Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Plantation Golf & Country ClubHospitality Ethics presented by Keith A. Barron, Esq. Instructor College of Hospitality & Tourism Leadership University of South Florida Sarasota-ManateeFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERESouth Florida Chapter6:00 p.m. | Joe's Stone CrabAnnual Joes Stone Crab eventFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 26, 2017Milwaukee ChapterTime TBD | Wisconsin Club (Country)April Chapter MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew York City Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Crowne Plaza Manhattan-Times SquareHospitality IoT, Energy Comfort and Analytics from The Connected Guest Room Experience Presented by Greg Poirer, NE Director of Sales, Honeywell Hospitality - Inncom DivisionFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBritish Columbia Chapter12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Sheraton Wall Centre - Granville RoomRapid PCI DSS compliance. Lessons from the trenches for CFOs and IT Directors with Guest Speaker: Ivo Georgiev, B.Sc. CISSP CISA CRISC CISMFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid-Jersey Chapter4:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Ridgewood Country ClubBeacon Technology presented by Garret Boos - Northstar Club Management Software, Sales Director-Northeast U.S.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREApril 27, 2017Ohio Valley Chapter4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Dave & Buster'sApril Social EventFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREAustin Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Hilton Austin AirportLuncheon with TABC presented by Todd Talley of TABCFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Philadelphia Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | St. Martins ClubhouseThe Minefield of Human Resources in the Workplace presented by John E. Garber, Jr., CSP, SPHR, SHRM-SCP Managing Director - KMRD Partners, Inc.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOrange County California6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Hilton Orange County/Costa MesaOrange County Chapter Interest MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida Gold Coast Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Mizner Country ClubStrategies on Collections of Delinquent Accounts presented by Larry Corman, Esq., Shareholder, GreenspoonMarderFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMinneapolis/ St. Paul Chapter5:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Oak Ridge Country ClubApril Chapter Meeting and Midwest Regional Conference HighlightsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE April 28, 2017Atlanta Chapter8:00 - 9:30 a.m. | Frazier & Deeter, LLC, Promenade BuildingBest Labor Practices presented by Speaker: Hayden Pace, Attorney, Stokes WagnerFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

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>

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