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HFTP Launches New Multi-Event Mobile App for Expanding HITEC Brand

23 March 2017
Gearing up for its first Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)) of 2017, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is excited to announce the launch of its new HITEC 2017 multi-event mobile app - an additional benefit to tailor individual experiences for HITEC attendees. Available for download from the iTunes Apple Store and Google Play, the app will serve as a comprehensive guide for information on education sessions and exhibits while also providing social feeds and in-app correspondence capabilities for exhibitors and attendees. The HITEC 2017 mobile app is home to all the information attendees will need for HITEC Amsterdam, HITEC Toronto and HITEC Dubai this year, with information coming available as the event nears.There are several new features within this app, creating an interactive and informative tool for HITEC participants. Users will have the ability to complete a profile with their LinkedIn information to make the process simple as well as connect with other attendees via a built-in direct messaging platform. The Attendee Networking tab is a great tool that will allow exhibitors and attendees to communicate directly by messenger or email, as long as the user is logged in. Robust searching allows users the capability to network a practical way to find and make direct contact for potential business opportunities. All messages will be sent, received and stored within the app itself."As HITEC continues to expand and progress, HFTP works to create a more innovative and engaging experience for conference attendees," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "HITEC attendees are savvy industry professionals and leaders who are passionate and eager to contribute to the success of the brand. This year, we have revitalized our efforts to personalize and tailor the mobile planning experience directly to each person."Browse the educational program and create your personal schedule, then login to gain access to all app functionality. Browse the continuously updated mobile app to discover information about event speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and much more. In addition to all the great features, a plug-in has been added to enhance the view to allow the app to perform on Android and iOS tablets. The app features an interactive tutorial that will display when the app is first launched. These screens will highlight some of the key features of the app.The first of three HITECs in 2017 is HITEC Amsterdam, taking place next week from March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, with pre-registration already exceeding the expected attendance numbers. 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.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's HITEC Amsterdam High Pre-registration Count Illustrates Hospitality Vitality - Stakeholders' Support for the Industry

22 March 2017
With the 600+ pre-registered participants for next week's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is interpreting the strong interest as a sign of vitality for the hospitality industry and its stakeholders. In 2017, HFTP expanded its stakes in its 45-year Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), by adding two boutique events in hospitality-strong regions to complement the larger, North American HITEC that runs annually in June.The first of three HITECs in 2017 is HITEC Amsterdam, March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, with pre-registration already exceeding the expected attendance numbers. This sign of popularity, plus the fact that the exhibit hall sold out in 72 hours when space was made available last June, demonstrates the need for a regional, concentrated forum to discuss the ins-and-outs of hospitality technology via networking, education and exhibits. This year HFTP will also produce HITEC Toronto, June 26-29 and HITEC Dubai, November 14-15, in partnership with Naseba."While we expected that HITEC Amsterdam would be a big draw, it is already exceeding our wildest expectations," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "Because we are a non-profit organization, our successes are attributable to the industry experts who volunteer their expertise and time to help plan the program, resulting in valuable knowledge-sharing that leads to industry improvement. HFTP is also fortunate to have the support of many industry suppliers and sponsors, some who have been with HFTP through name changes, mergers and acquisitions for the HITEC brand's 45 years."The HITEC Amsterdam education program is a topical slate of sessions planned and presented by a renowned, respected, volunteer group of industry experts led by HITEC Amsterdam Chair, Carson Booth, CHTP and Vice Chair, Derek Wood. Sessions will cover important topics such as: EU data privacy legislation, disruptive technologies, e-payments, service bus technologies, technology for profit and more. In addition the program starts with a keynote from BBC Radio broadcaster Dr. Aleks Krotoski and caps off with a keynote by future-scenario planner Woody Wade.Wolfe goes on to say, "HFTP has been entrusted by the industry as one of the most reliable sources for finding out how technology and finance impact our enterprises. HFTP's volunteers are among the very best and brightest the industry has to offer who are extremely passionate about the industry. It is that passion that drives such positive responses."HITEC Amsterdam will also host an exhibit hall full of companies offering some of the best technology products and services ever assembled in Europe under one roof. In support of the inaugural event, Platinum Sponsors CNN, Samsung, NEC and Novility are helping to provide participants special experiences.HFTP's Entrepreneur 20X program, the hospitality industry's startup pitch competition, is a bonus event that will be held on the afternoon of March 28. The startups compete for a cash prize, two separate awards and the opportunity to innovate the hospitality industry. The event is exclusively sponsored by HoReCa.digital. HoReCa.digital is a newly established business unit of METRO that focuses on helping independent restaurants, hotels and caterers via innovative digital tools and solutions to improve their businesses. Focused on digital opportunities in the hospitality sector, HoReCa.digital features METRO Accelerator's highly selective mentor program for technology startups across the entire chain of Hospitality and Retail.Also co-located with HITEC Amsterdam next week are two critical hospitality events produced by HFTP industry allies, Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Region Europe and Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG). Interested individuals can find information about these events at HSMAI.Europe.com and HTNG.org.To learn more about HITEC Amsterdam, visit the HITEC website or download the HITEC app on the App Store or Google Play. For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, 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.##END##

HFTP Announces HITEC Dubai, Extension of World's Largest Hospitality Technology Event

9 March 2017
Building on the expertise of planning and producing the world's largest hospitality technology show, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), will host its inaugural HITEC Dubai from November 14-15, 2017 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE - the center of the fast-developing markets of Asia and The Middle East. Produced in partnership with Naseba, HFTP's HITEC Dubai will serve as the association's third, and final, HITEC of 2017.The new event will be a Middle Eastern counterpart to the tremendously successful annual HITEC which brings together thousands of individuals from the hospitality technology community to a different city in North America each year. This year, celebrating the 45th anniversary since the first HITEC in 1972, HFTP decided to break tradition and satisfy the increasingly popular demand with additional events in new regions with HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai."The international events will increase involvement and better accommodate not only HFTP members located in Europe and the Middle East but also the industry itself," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "HFTP has been entrusted by the industry as one of the most reliable sources to find out about the impact of technology and finance on our enterprises."Planning for HITEC Dubai has begun, and will reflect practices and trends specific to The Middle East. The preliminary program will follow a similar format to HITEC Amsterdam, March 28-30, with up to 80 booths, keynote presentations in the usual tradition of HITEC and education sessions on current technology topics for hospitality. Top regional experts will be diligently selected to volunteer their industry expertise on the HITEC Dubai Advisory Council and provide guidance for the event's education program.Reservations for exhibit space at HITEC Dubai are now being taken. HITEC Dubai also offers multiple sponsorship and advertising opportunities for exhibitors to increase impressions before and after the show. For more information, contact HFTP Exhibits Manager Alison Heathcote at Alison.Heathcote@hftp.org.The partnership between HFTP and Naseba for HITEC Dubai will combine both organizations' vast experience in the sector to build the ultimate hospitality technology platform in the United Arab Emirates region. Naseba will bring additional, local expertise to the inaugural event whereas HFTP will appoint a HITEC Dubai Advisory Council to assist in identifying education sessions and speakers. Both organizations will work together on production, marketing/branding, sponsorship, customer relations, logistics and more to ensure the success of the event's core goals and objectives.In addition to HITEC Dubai, in 2017 HFTP is producing its inaugural European counterpart HITEC Amsterdam on March 28-30 and the larger HITEC Toronto 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 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.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.
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What to See at HFTP's Inaugural HITEC Amsterdam Conference - Spotlight on Entrepreneur 20X

8 March 2017
Who does not enjoy a little friendly, but very competitive, competition? Whether you are a budding hospitality technology entrepreneur or just interested in the startup world, it is thrilling to watch bold entrepreneurs compete. Making its debut in Europe this month, HITEC Amsterdam attendees should start with the action-packed Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) competition on March 28, 2017. Viewers will feel the suspense, and remain on the edge of their seats, as representatives from the competing startups present their technologies.
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Past Judges Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Information about HFTP's Entrepreneur 20X

7 March 2017
For many hospitality technology entrepreneurs, being selected to participate in HFTP’s Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) innovation competition is a milestone accomplishment on the road for their startup’s successful endeavors. It is no secret that E20X participants gain exposure to a global network of leading industry professionals including: c-level executives, hospitality CIOs, angel investors, serial entrepreneurs, industry insiders and more.

HFTP puts HITEC on a World Stage with Two New Events

1 March 2017
While most in the industry are familiar with Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals' (HFTP) HITEC event, which takes place in a different North American city every year (this year's conference will take place in Toronto in June), the association is expanding globally this year with two inaugural conferences: HITEC Amsterdam will be held next month, with HITEC Dubai following in the fall.Frank Wolfe, HFTP's CEO, noted that HITEC's growth follows HFTP's expansion throughout the world. The driving force behind the decision was the association's members and stakeholders. "For more than a decade, we have had many requests to proceed with this growth. However, as a nonprofit organization, we wanted to make sure that we did not take anything away from our grassroots members by expanding," he said.As part of its strategic planning, HFTP has grown incrementally, increasing its investments to allow controlled growth without compromising quality and service, said Wolfe. "HFTP made a concerted effort to do so by establishing relationships with like-minded associations and organizations in Asia and Europe," he continued. HFTP has co-located smaller conferences with established events, partnered on industry resources and established HFTP chapters outside of North America.In 2015, HFTP had one of its largest-attended HITECs here in the city where HFTP is headquartered, which Wolfe said demonstrated the continued popularity of the event. "Following up, HFTP leadership decided that we were finally in a position to take the leap," he said. "When we announced HITEC Amsterdam last year at HITEC New Orleans, we sold out the exhibit space immediately."And that response led to HITEC Dubai. "After our HITEC Amsterdam educational program grew such a respected group of volunteers and the exhibit space sold out in 72 hours, we decided we were really onto something and proceeded to plan HITEC Dubai," said Wolfe, noting that HFTP has a very small staff and its successes "come from industry experts who have a passion for the industry and volunteer their expertise to make the industry better."Read full Hotel Business article>

CNN International to Serve as Exclusive Platinum Network News Sponsor at HFTP's Inaugural HITEC Amsterdam

1 March 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce its exclusive platinum network news sponsorship agreement with CNN International for the inaugural HITEC Amsterdam next month. Beginning with pre-conference programs on 28 March - including the popular Entrepreneur 20X event - HFTP's HITEC Amsterdam is the first of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands."It is a natural fit to integrate CNN with HITEC Amsterdam; CNN is a respected source for world news and updates which business professionals depend on for following trends that impact our businesses," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "As this is an inaugural European event for HFTP, we want to instantly establish it as a source for important industry information. With CNN's sponsorship, this will give further weight to HITEC Amsterdam."CNN International, simply referred to as CNN, is a worldwide English language cable, satellite, IPTV and digital terrestrial television channel. The network will produce a short video featuring its journalist, anchor and reporter Richard Quest providing a personal welcome greeting prior to the event's keynote sessions. Quest is the foremost international business correspondent at CNN International, and also the anchor of Quest Means Business where he gives expert analysis and commentary on the biggest business stories. Meanwhile, television screens displaying the CNN television channel will be streaming around the conference floor.HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand, expanding internationally beginning with HITEC Amsterdam in 2017, and CNN is widely recognized as a leading resource for international news. The partnership between HFTP and CNN International ensures the visibility of both organizations at the industry event.HITEC Amsterdam also offers multiple sponsorship and advertising opportunities for exhibitors to increase impressions before and after the show. See which opportunities are still available and download the 2017 HFTP/HITEC marketing kit by visiting the HITEC website at www.hftp.org/hitec.In addition to HITEC Amsterdam, in 2017 HFTP is producing the larger HITEC Toronto on 26-29 June and HITEC Dubai in Fall in partnership with Naseba. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.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 Continues to Build its Global Presence with First Membership Event in London Next Month

28 February 2017
Expanding its global scope, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), a leading hospitality association and producers of the world-renowned Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), will host a membership event for HFTP members and prospective members in London for the first time on Monday, 6 March 2017 at the prestigious Rosewood Hotel London - named "Best UK Business Hotel 2016" by Conde Nast Traveler (UK) at last year's Readers' Travel Awards. The program, sponsored by Keystep, a specialist provider of IT solutions to the hospitality and retail sector, will start at 18:00 and take place in the hotel's The Manor Club meeting room on the third floor. Hospitality professionals interested in attending the premier London event can RSVP to attend.Guests are invited to join HFTP and top European hospitality executives for an evening of interesting speakers and discussion. Top hospitality experts will speak on trending topics in a series of 20 minute intervals, followed by a question-and-answer session. Speakers include: Stephen Minall, owner at Moving Food and a member of the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council; Barry Thomas, CHTP, area director of information technology at Rosewood Hotel London and a member of the HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council; Carl Weldon, FIH FHOSPA, COO Europe at HFTP; and HFTP Global President Lyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO at The Student Hotel."HFTP is delighted to continue its global expansion with a membership event in London - a city with a strong and proud passion for hospitality," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "We are committed to serving the European demand for hospitality finance and technology resources. This event will demonstrate some of our core values - knowledge sharing, innovation, personal growth and fun!"Weldon will kick-off the event with a welcome and introduction. Following up, Thomas will speak about "The Broad IT Challenge of Different Guests in Varying Markets of the Luxury Hotel Segment;" Minall will speak about "Online Opportunities for Hotels Utilising the Retailers Approach;" and Worthington will explain "The Art and Science of User Experience Design - See Real Examples of Why It Is Important, and Discuss Ways to Improve the Overall User Experience." HFTP Global Board director and HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council vice chair, Derick Wood will also be in attendance.In recent years, HFTP has been expanding its programs globally, and in 2017 the association will produce three HITEC events in 2017 - including two inaugural events - all taking place outside of the United States borders. HFTP's inaugural HITEC Amsterdam will take place 28-30 March at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The largest event of the year, HITEC Toronto, will take place 26-29 June at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Ending the year, HFTP's inaugural HITEC Dubai will take place in November and is produced in partnership with Naseba.For more information about HFTP's London membership event, contact Carl Weldon, FIH FHOSPA at Carl.Weldon@hftp.org or +1 (512) 220-4164. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.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.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.

HITEC Toronto Exhibit Space is Officially Sold Out

22 February 2017
Global hospitality association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of the world's largest hospitality technology conference Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce its exhibit space for HITEC Toronto is officially sold out. A waiting list is available on a first-come, first-served basis for booth space - an updated floor plan is available on the HITEC Toronto website. HFTP's HITEC Toronto is the second, and largest, of three HITEC events planned for 2017, and will take place June 26-29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario Canada."Booth space for HITEC Toronto sold out quicker than ever before in HITEC's 45-year history," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "HFTP continues to reach new milestone accomplishments, and we are overjoyed to produce the first HITEC event in Canada, Europe and the Middle East this year."HITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference with over 331 companies and 853 booths occupying this year's Canadian show floor. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch hospitality technology education, led by industry peers and experts, and an unparalleled trade show showcasing the latest hospitality technology products and services. In recent years, HFTP has added its increasingly popular Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) startup pitch competition to the HITEC event program - introducing the competition at HITEC Austin in 2015.HITEC Toronto also offers multiple sponsorship and advertising opportunities for exhibitors to increase impressions before and after the show. See which opportunities are still available and download the 2017 HFTP/HITEC marketing kit by visiting the HITEC website at www.hftp.org/hitec.Beginning in early June 2017, HITEC Toronto exhibitors will have the opportunity to select space in advance for next year's HITEC Houston. The process takes place prior to arrival in Toronto to give exhibitors time to review and select space with the assistance of key company personnel. Selection order is based on total points accumulated by exhibiting at HITEC. Last year, more than 80 percent of exhibit space was reserved during this process so exhibitors are encouraged to participate for the best selection.For more information or to get on the exhibitor waiting list, please contact HFTP Exhibits Manager Alison Heathcote at Alison.Heathcote@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.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break barriers in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. boarders. 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 in a different country. In addition to HITEC Toronto, in 2017 HFTP is producing two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. HITEC Amsterdam will serve as the first HITEC event of the year, taking place from March 28-30 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. HITEC Dubai will serve as the last HITEC event of 2017, and take place in the Fall in partnership with Naseba.Stay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) is a global nonprofit hospitality association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, that uniquely understands the industry's problems. HFTP has several thousand of 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.

Chapter Events - March 16-31

17 March 2017
HFTP Chapters have the following events scheduled for the 16 - 31 of March.March 16 - 18, 2017 2017 HFTP Mid-West Regional ConferenceRadisson Blu Mall of America, Bloomington, MN2017 HFTP Mid-West Regional ConferenceFor further details - CLICK HERE March 16, 2017Southern Alberta Chapter12:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Best Western Plus Port O'Call HotelCredit Card and Other Fraud Presented by: Heather Gramantik from the Hotel Police divisionFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 17, 2017Charlotte-Blue Ridge Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Country Club of AshevilleWage/Hour UpdateFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBay Area Club Chapter11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Stonebrae Country ClubControllers RoundtableFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERELos Cabos Chapter7:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Il Forno Di Gio, Vidanta HotelChapter vendor meetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 21, 2017Florida - Gold Coast Chapter8:30 - 10:00 a.m. | The Delray Beach ClubFoundation for Success presented by: Scott Garvis, Owner and CEO of Dale Carnegie Training Southeast FloridaFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida - Manasota Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Laurel OakMicrosoft Office Applications Overview - Speaker: Paul Hoffman, CPA, President - SouthTechFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREJamaica ChapterTime and Location: TBDMarch Membership MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENorth Texas Chapter6:00 p.m. | Doubletree Hotel - Dallas/Campbell CentreProperty Tax...the only annual tax based on OPINION! Presented by: Richard Osteen, Principal - MERITAX Property Tax ConsultantsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew Mexico Chapter11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Sheraton Albuquerque UptownJoint meeting with HRMA Albuquerque ChapterFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 22, 2017San Diego Chapter5:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Wyndham San Diego BaysideHFTP San Diego Dinner with speaker: Todd Seiders, Director of Risk Management, for Petra Risk SolutionsFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBuffalo-Niagara Chapter6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Location TBDBuffalo Niagara HFTP Chapter MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREFlorida - Treasure Coast Chapter5:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Willoughby Golf ClubCyber Security in the Club World Presented by: Cynthia Zimmerman, Senior Vice President - Cyber Liability Co-Practice Leader at Socius Insurance ServicesFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 23, 2017Monterey Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Cypress InnMohammed Zaie, What's New With PCI?For further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREGreater Philadelphia Chapter8:30 a.m. | The Radnor HotelElectronic Payment Systems in Clubs and Hotels, Cyber Security & Fraud Hosted by Mary Beth Fisher of globalVCardFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERERocky Mountain Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | The Crawford Hotel at Union StationCybersecurity Presented by: Dan Domagala - EKS&HFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREArizona - Valley of the Sun Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Embassy Suites ScottsdaleFast-Paced Industry of Sports and Television with Fox Sports newscaster Jodi JacksonFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREOhio Valley Chapter4:00 - 6:00 p.m. | Columbus Hospitality ManagementMarch Board MeetingFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 24, 2017Jamaica ChapterTime and Location: TBDJamaica 10th Annual SeminarFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 28, 2017Northern Connecticut ChapterTime and Location: TBDCyber Fraud PresentationFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMid-Florida - Orlando Chapter6:00 - 9:00 p.m. | DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando DowntownHFTP General Membership Meeting - Speaker, Julie BarterFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 29, 2017Long Island Chapter4:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Wheatley Hills Golf ClubBig Changes for the Affordable Care Act in 2017: Differentiating your Employee Benefits Plan Presented by: William Hussey, Cook Maran Associates, Employee Benefits and JP Galaris, Savoy Associates, VP New York RegionFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HERENew York City Chapter5:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Hotel Chelsea - El Quijote RestaurantTax Reform Proposals Presented by Leo Parmegiani, Partner PKF O'Connor Davies, LLPFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREBritish Columbia Chapter2:00 p.m. | St. Regis Bar & GrillMarch 2017 Chapter Meeting - How do you Manage a 21st Century WorkforceFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMilwaukee Chapter4:15-7:30 p.m.| Racine Country ClubMarch Chapter Meeting - Roundtable: Sarit Singhal - Presenting Financial InformationFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 30, 2017Mid-Jersey Chapter4:00 p.m. | Deal Golf and Country Club2017 Employment Law Update Presented by: James J. Panzini - Principal, Jackson Lewis PCFor further details and RSVP - CLICK HEREMarch 31, 2017Central Carolina Chapter10:00 a.m. | The Country Club of North Carolina"Washington Update on Savings Initiatives" Presented by: Duff Meyer, Director of Retirement Plans at Carolina Wealth Management | "Emerging Issues in Human Resources" Presented by: Mike Womble, owner of Carolina Human Resources, Inc.For further details and RSVP - CLICK HERE

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - March 17

17 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:What hoteliers should know about overbooking - Hotel News NowMassive new investment in hotel development - eHotelier Make your travel website mobile-friendly or it won't rank in search - simples - TnoozWhy CIOs Make Great Board Directors - Harvard Business ReviewWhich PMS integrations are the most important? - 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.

Reserve Your Spot Today - CHTP Review Webinar Series

10 March 2017
Registration is now open for the CHTP Review Webinar Series! Reserve your spot today and set a foundation for success today. Click here to view the full list of HFTP webinars. April 06 | CHTP Review Course Part 1April 13 | CHTP Review Course Part 2April 20 | CHTP Review Course Part 3Registration FeesHFTP Members: $50 USD per each sessionNonmembers: $100 USD per each sessionAbout CHTPThe Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) is a hospitality specific designation. As opposed to other technology designations, the CHTP shows both a dedication to hospitality AND technology. The review webinar series is designed to help those who are interested int he CHTP Certification program, prepare and set a foundation for success in passing the the exam. Those needing educational credits to renewal their certifications may also attend. Click here to learn more about the CHTP.

HFTP Digital Learning Day Speakers Announced - Register Today!

10 March 2017
Register today for HFTP's second annual Digital Learning Day from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST on March 22, 2017. This completely online event will explore some of the hottest topics our industry faces today. Enjoy all of this great learning right from your own desktop. Choose from one or more of the online session topics below. Click here to view all upcoming HFTP webinars. 2017 Schedule1) Ethical Dilemmas | Register Now10:30-11:30 a.m. CSTPresented by: Phillip Maltin, Partner at Lathrop & Gage, LLP.Finance and IT professionals bump into ethical predicaments with surprising frequency. Worse, many don't recognize them when they encounter them. Failing to recognize an ethical issue is means to resolving it by pure luck. This program looks beyond the canons of ethics to teach the skills needed for identifying ethical problems and the sharp thinking that professionals need to attack ethical problems.2) The Many Shades of Grey: Avoiding Costly Employment Litigation | Register Now12:00-1:00 p.m. CSTPresented by: Melodie Craft, Shareholder at Littler and Van Goodwin, Shareholder at LittlerThis session will provide an overview of new developments in labor and employment law and their impact. The speakers will also address key employment issues and challenges facing companies that can result in costly employment litigation, and provide practical suggestions and strategic takeaways for employers to minimize the risks of such litigation.3) Cybersecurity/Personal Identity Theft | Register Now1:30-2:30 p.m. CSTPresented by: Daniel Johnson, Chief Operations Officer at Venza, Inc.This session is a comprehensive exploration of data security as the business issue that it is. Long gone are the days of relegating data security as a process of allocating funds for a technological solution to a technological nuisance.4) Hot Topics of Immigration Law for the Club and Hospitality Industry | Register Now3:00-4:00 p.m. CSTPresented by: Keith Pabian, Esq., Immigration Attorney at Pabian Law, LLC.Visa and immigration issues have been front and center for the club and hospitality industry over the past few months. Northern organizations have been greatly affected by the H-2B visa cap being reached earlier than ever. The H-1B visa system continues to provide roadblocks for organizations in need of year-round talent. Travel bans, a border wall, and rumors of changes to various visa regulations have all been topics of conversation from coast to coast. This webinar will focus on understanding the current immigration landscape and what it means for clubs and hospitality organizations. We will also discuss visa options for private clubs and hospitality organizations, including the H-2B seasonal visa and year-round visa options with an eye toward understanding what the future will hold for these options under the new administration.Enjoy all of this great learning right from your own desktop., and earn educational credits that may be applied toward your current renewal cycle. HFTP Member ($20.00 USD per session); Prospective Industry Professional Member ($50.00 USD per session).Contact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information: Linnet Baskett by email or phone +1 (512) 220-4018.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - March 10

10 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:Tech experts clarify ins and outs of door lock security - Hotel News NowTourism boards admit large effort needed for relevancy in digital world - TnoozWhy Hospitality Does Not Make an Emotional Connection to Its Guests - Hotel Business ReviewThe effects of the U.S. travel ban on bookings - Hotel ManagementWhat to Expect in LED Lighting in 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.

Now Available Online: The Bottomline Winter 2017

8 March 2017
The Bottomline is HFTP's quarterly journal which includes feature articles on finance and technology best practices, industry research reports, general management tips, HFTP news and profiles of industry and association leaders. Learn More> HFTP Membership>The Bottomline Winter 2017Volume 31, Number 4In this issue: Device Management: How Travelers Secure Electronics During a Hotel Stay * The Role of the Asset Manager * Demystifying the Digital Marketplace, Part II * A Tribute to The Bottomline -- Past, Present and Future * Do Self-service Technologies Matter In Improving Consumer Commitment? * Tech Talk with Carson Booth, HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council ChairQuestions?Eliza SeligHFTP Director of Communicationseliza.selig@hftp.org+1 (512) 220-4026.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.

Welcome New HFTP Members from February 2017

6 March 2017
HFTP(r) is proud to welcome its new members who joined last month in February. Please welcome the newest members to HFTP. Learn more about HFTP Membership by watching a quick membership video.Stay ConnectedStay tuned to HFTP's main webpages: HFTP/HITEC; the world's first hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch(r) - mobile app available via iTunes App Store and Google Play; HFTP's official blog: HFTP Connect; HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HITEC Bytes (technology), HFTP Club Bytes (club), HFTP Finance Bytes (finance) and HFTP News (association); and HFTP's social media sites: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), YouTube and Flickr for the latest updates.

Weekly Connect from PineappleSearch.com - March 3

3 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:Attracting Millennial Applicants with Technology - Lodging MagazineTraveling At The Speed Of Technology - Hotel InteractiveCould new mobile biometrics hold the key to global traveller identity? - TnoozKey to good budgeting: Be realistic, flexible - Hotel News NowA starter guide for hospitality companies - eHotelierVisit and register at PineappleSearch.com for the latest news and information. Registered users are able to tailor their searches via the search engine's highly-customizable filters, bringing the topics of interest to them front and center on their personalized homepage. Receive a weekly hospitality news update by signing up for PineappleSearch's essential weekly news digest delivered via email.

Join HFTP's Digital Learning Day 2017

3 March 2017
Join HFTP for its second annual Digital Learning Day this month - registration opens soon.Who: HFTP members & nonmembers What: HFTP Digital Learning Day 2017When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 10:30-4:00 p.m. CSTWhere: Online eventWhy: Excpetional educational opportunity for hospitality professionals How Much: $20.00 USD per session (HFTP member); $50.00 USD per session (nonmember)This completely online event will explore some of the hottest topics the hospitality technology and finance industry faces today. Enjoy all of this great learning right from your own desktop. Earn educational credits that may be applied toward your current renewal cycle. Additional session information will be available soon. Contact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information: Linnet Baskett by email or phone +1 (512) 220-4018Click Here to View all Upcoming Webinars

Congratulations to the New CHAE Designees

2 March 2017
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) last month in February.New CHAEsLynn Liptak, CHAE * Assistant Controller River Bend Golf and Country Club * USAZenaida Dulce, CHAE * Controller Scarboro Golf and Country Club * 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.

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.

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