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Chapter Highlight: HFTP University of Houston Student Chapter

9 hrs
HFTP University of Houston Cougar Chapter members welcomed incoming Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management students during an organization fair this week. Jieun Kim, Sabrina Nga Nguyen and Hui Zhu were available to answer questions and educate Fall 2017 students about the benefits of HFTP. HFTP representatives will be available again next week on August 29-30, 2017 at the University of Houston Student Organization Fair in the Hilton Student Lobby. The HFTP University of Houston Cougar Chapter focuses on the areas of hospitality finance and technical administration, as well as to provide student opportunities to establish themselves as industry leaders. The chapter holds monthly dinner meetings at local hotels and country clubs. The meetings allow for students to network and interact with industry professionals. The University of Houston Cougar Chapter is dedicated to enriching the hospitality industry in Texas and the surrounding area. Visitors and non-members are always welcome.Learn More>HFTP Chapters>

OpenTravel Advisory Forum Online Registration Now Open

23 August 2017
In demonstration of the two organization's partnership, OpenTravel will co-locate its annual OpenTravel Advisory Forum with Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals' (HFTP(r)) upcoming Annual Convention. The OpenTravel Advisory Forum - Enabling the Future of the Connected Customer - will take place from October 23-25, 2017, while the HFTP Annual Convention will overlap starting on October 25, 2017 and run through October 27, 2017. Both events will take place at the Omni Orlando Resort in Championsgate, Florida USA. Online registration for the OpenTravel Advisory Forum is now available via the OpenTravel website.OpenTravel's Advisory Forum will feature an opening and closing keynote presentation, case studies, how-to sessions, networking sessions, an award ceremony and OpenTravel Standards Workgroup and Project team meetings. OpenTravel's Advisory Forum will also include a golf outing at the Magnolia Golf Course at Walt Disney World. As an organization that represents the business and leisure consumer's end-to-end travel, OpenTravel Advisory Forum attendees and sponsors span all verticals of the travel industry. The OpenTravel Advisory Forum will feature the latest travel technology tools for a unified consumer experience - this year's theme is about "enabling the future of the connected consumer.""OpenTravel continues to evolve and focus on providing necessary technology to meet the needs of all travel parties to connect disparate systems in the travel industry," said OpenTravel CEO Mike Tinkey. "Co-locating events will accelerate awareness and support of travel industry and hospitality technology standards more effectively to create a full, seamless consumer experience."Together, OpenTravel and HFTP encompass an extended group of stakeholders and industry professionals; combining resources will enable better communication, and allow stakeholders to conduct business more efficiently. OpenTravel provides a community where companies in the electronic distribution supply chain work together to create an accepted structure for electronic messages, enabling suppliers and distributors to speak the same interoperability language, trading partner to trading partner.For more information, visit the organizations' respective websites for the latest updates at www.opentravel.org and www.hftp.org. Visit the Annual Convention page on the HFTP website for complete information about all conference events, including the program schedule, hotel and travel details and more. For more information about HFTP's Annual Convention and other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org.About OpenTravel Alliance The OpenTravel Alliance is passionate about solving the problems inherent with connecting multiple systems within the complex travel distribution arena. Our mission is to enable the future of travel by driving the evolving digital experience for consumers. OpenTravel creates, expands and drives adoption of open specifications, including but not limited to the use of XML, for the electronic exchange of business information among all sectors of the travel industry.OpenTravel is comprised of companies representing airlines, car rental firms, hotels, cruise lines, railways, leisure suppliers, service providers, tour operators, travel agencies, solutions providers, technology companies and distributors. Tens of thousands of OpenTravel message structures are in use, carrying tens of millions of messages between trading partners every day.OpenTravel is a not-for-profit trade association, founded in 1999 by travel companies, with a primary focus on the creation of electronic message structures to facilitate communication between the disparate systems in the global travel industry. For more information on OpenTravel membership, new products, or projects, please visit http://www.opentravel.org or email info@opentravel.org.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

Enjoy HFTP Club Digital Learning Day Right From Your Own Desktop: September 20, 2017

22 August 2017
Do not miss HFTP's second annual Club Digital Learning Day on September 20, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST. 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. REGISTER>Schedule10:30 - 11:30 AM | Keys to Building a Data-driven Strategic Leadership in Private Clubs12:00 - 1:00 PM | Guide to the Changing World of Governance: Today's Rules and Policies1:30 - 2:30 PM | Payroll and PEOs3:00 - 4:00 PM | Immigration Options for Hospitality Organizations under the Trump AdministrationKeys to Building a Data-driven Strategic Leadership in Private ClubsPresented by Ray Cronin, founder and CEO at Club BenchmarkingMany executives believe that the use of analytics is important. Successful analytic leaders are gaining executive advocates by leveraging raw data points to inform decision making and improve achievement and business levels. Data-driven strategies are an increasingly important part of competitive differentiation. Learn what data can do for you, how your organization can function as a truly strategic body and how to assess a plan for ongoing value creation in a private club.Guide to the Changing World of Governance - Today's Rules and PoliciesPresented by Charles D. Dorn, CCM, managing director at The Dorn Group, Ltd.This webinar is designed to both introduce and reinforce how today's world requires new thinking. Learn how today's governance guidelines are different from year's past and how utilizing the guidelines presented will help you work within your company to improve the "governance culture." Real life stories and examples will be shared and will show both good and bad examples of governance. By the end of the webinar, you will be able to apply the principals learned to your situation.PEO vs. HRO vs. Payroll - What is the best fit for your club?Presented by James Knight, partner and owner at CertiPayand Clare Vazquez Peace, senior human resource consultant at CertiPayThis webinar will discuss the differences between a payroll company and a PEO and define HRO. Find out what technology can be used to streamline the administrative burden of payroll and human resources. Learn the difference between PEO vs. HRO vs. Payroll and if an outsource solution can provide all the necessary technology. The decision drivers to consider when going into a PEO solution or out of a PEO solution will be reviewed - SUTA rate, W/C rate, administrative cost, HR cost and benefit cost.Immigration Options for Hospitality Organizationsunder the Trump AdministrationPresented by Keith Pabian, Esq., founding partner at Pabian Law, LLCVisa and immigration issues have been front and center for the club and hospitality industry over the past six months. This webinar will focus on understanding the current immigration landscape and what it means for clubs and hospitality organizations. Hear about 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.For more information, contact Online Education Coordinator Nick Cukjati by email or phone (512) 220-6445. Click here to view all upcoming webinars.Website>Learn More>

HFTP Announces 2017 CHAE of the Year Recipient Guus Martinus Heijmans, CHAE

17 August 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) will honor Guus Martinus Heijmans, CHAE as the 2017 Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) of the Year at its upcoming Annual Convention this October. The CHAE of the Year award honors the individual that scored the highest on the CHAE certification exam within a given year. HFTP's Annual Convention will be held from October 25-27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Championsgate, Florida USA.Heijmans' accounting journey began from an F&B internship that he had under a J1 visa program that brought him to the United States in 2008. This was the year he received firsthand experience working within hotel management at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland USA, and realized his passion was in hotel accounting. After returning to The Netherlands, Heijmans decided to continue his education at Stenden University in Leeuwarden where he earned his bachelors in International Hospitality Management and Business Administration in 2012. Alongside his studies, he had the opportunity to do a cluster traineeship in internal auditing for the Renaissance Amsterdam Hotel and the Amsterdam Marriott Hotel.With a bachelor's degree and certificate in hospitality real estate, Heijmans took his first job out of college as a hotel night auditor at the Grand Hotel 'Huis ter Duin' in The Netherlands. In 2013, he became an assistant hotel controller before moving back to the United States in 2014. After moving to Long Beach, California USA, Heijmans received a job offer from The DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles-Commerce. Currently, Heijmans is an accounting/HR manager at Residence Inn by Marriott Los Angeles LAX/Century Boulevard."Receiving my CHAE designation and being nominated as 'HFTP's 2017 CHAE of the Year' has been one of my proudest and most rewarding accomplishments," said Heijmans. "The designation has already helped me so much in my day-to-day tasks and responsibilities as an accounting and HR manager for the Residence Inn LAX/ West Century Boulevard Hotel. I am thankful to those who offered moral support while I prepared to take my CHAE exam, and am thankful to HFTP for the opportunity to take the next step in my career and demonstrate my skills as a finance expert."The CHAE professional designation is an industry designation showing competency in the area of accounting, and is acknowledged throughout the hospitality industry as it elevates the professionalism of both the recipient and the industry. More than 1,500 hospitality accountants, from several countries, have earned the CHAE designation through HFTP since the certification program began in 1981. A new CHAE exam is now available, and features a more global finance focus. HFTP also administers the examination and awards the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)).For more information on HFTP's certification programs (CHTP and CHAE), please contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at Robin.Bogdon@hftp.org. For immediate information, visit the FAQ pages for both CHTP and CHAE certifications.HFTP will produce its inaugural HITEC Dubai counterpart event, in partnership with Naseba, from November 14-15 - serving as the third, and final, HITEC of the year. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-14 in addition to the larger HITEC Houston on June 18-21. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department ateducation@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/.For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

HFTP Hospitality DPO Task Force Holds First Meeting in Amsterdam, Moves Ahead on Building Resources

15 August 2017
Preparing for the new EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), a framework legislated by all EU member states with a required compliance date of May 25, 2018, international nonprofit association Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) recruited a team of experts to develop Hospitality Data Protection Officer (HDPO) guidelines and supporting resources for the industry. In addition, the group is designing a certification program specific for HDPOs to demonstrate their competence with the specialized position. A key requirement of the GDPR is that companies who handle large stores of sensitive personal information must assign a DPO, and it is estimated that this could open approximately 28,000 positions across all industries.The HFTP HDPO Task Force held its first meeting last month from July 14-15, 2017 at the Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel and Conference Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands."I am very pleased with the outcome of our first meeting held in Amsterdam this summer," said Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at FIRSTLOGIC Consulting and HFTP HDPO Task Force co-chair. "We have identified areas in which specific solutions (registration challenges, integration of DPO, communication with IT providers and others) are being analyzed, and we are confident to bring those solutions to the industry this autumn."The HFTP HDPO Task Force consists of 23 members representing a three-dimensional cross section of the hospitality industry including: global, regional and local hotel operators; IT and service provider vendors (distribution, marketing, CRM, etc.); academics and counselors specialized in data protection regulations; members of large multinational groups as well as medium and small companies from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, United States, Switzerland, UAE, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain.The HFTP HDPO Task Force committee consists of the following hospitality industry leaders:Nigel Allport, vice president of EMEA at Digital Alchemy, United KingdomKen Bailey, managing director of public sector at Fortalice Solutions, USASjoerd Blum, CIO at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, The NetherlandsStephen Carter, OBE, general manager at Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, United KingdomDennis Collet, CEO at NextRound Ltd, United KingdomLuis del Olmo Pinero, president and chairman at Idiso, SpainRichard Harrington, director of finance of luxury at Splendid Hospitality, United KingdomLucinda Hart, CAE, MBA, COO at HFTP, USA Alvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at FIRSTLOGIC Consulting, SpainDaniel Johnson, COO at Venza, USATimo Kettern, director of IT at Lapithus Hotel Management GmbH, GermanyDennis-Kenji Kipker, research managing director at Universitat Bremen, GermanyJose Medio, Attorney, CIPP/us, CIPP/E, managing director at Privalis Group, USAIan Millar, CHTP, professor of IT at Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne, SwitzerlandBenny Nur, technical services director at Interstate Europe Hotels & Resorts, United KingdomTar O'Neill, CFO for Jamie Oliver Group, United KingdomSophie Pommois, project director of global distribution at Global Hotel Alliance, SwitzerlandStephanie Timsit, director of finance at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, United KingdomRajesh Vohra, director at Sarova Hotels Ltd., United KingdomCarl Weldon, FIH FHOSPA, COO Europe at HFTP, United KingdomFrank Wolfe, CEO at HFTP, USAJames Wright, vice president of IT field services EMEA at Hilton Worldwide, UAEOguz Can Yildirim, CHT, associate director of information risk management EAME at Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Belgium"By its nature, the hospitality industry manages a vast amount of personal data. The GDPR will set a new standard for data processing/management that will impact both the finance and technology sectors, and any company that offers goods or services to EU residents," said Wolfe. "Unlike previous frameworks, GDPR includes companies outside the EU who either have customers that are EU citizens or who monitor the online identifiers of EU data subjects. HFTP has deemed it critical to develop resources to alleviate the hospitality technology operational changes ahead."HFTP will host a HDPO education session at its upcoming Annual Convention on October 25-27, 2017. Wrapping up 2017, HFTP will produce its inaugural HITEC Dubai counterpart event, in partnership with Naseba, from November 14-15 - serving as the third, and final, HITEC of the year. In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-13 in addition to the larger HITEC Houston on June 18-21. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department ateducation@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/.For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: August 15-31, 2017

14 August 2017
HFTP has over 80 local chapters throughout the world. Attend chapter meetings to connect with your local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in your community. Chapters provide tremendous opportunities for education, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events for August 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.August 15, 2017Arizona USA - Valley of the Sun ChapterSave the DateHospitality Industry Forecast Report LuncheonFor further details and RSVP - Click HereMinnesota USA - Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter1:45 - 3:00 p.m. | Oak Ridge Country ClubGetting to the Employee 2.0For further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 16, 2017Florida USA - Treasure Coast ChapterSave the Date | Stuart Yacht & Country ClubProperty Tax Update & Appeal ProcessFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 17, 2017DC USA - Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Woodmont Country ClubAugust Meeting: Cyber SecurityFor further details and RSVP - Click HereTexas USA - Houston ChapterSave the Date | Location TBDAugust Dinner MeetingFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 18, 2017Florida USA - Gluf Coast Chapter2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Roy'sSummer Social-Private Cooking ClassFor further details and RSVP - Click HereJamacia CARIBBEAN - Jamaica ChapterSave the Date | Location TBDHFTP Jamaica Apprenticeship ProgrammeFor further details and RSVP - Click HereNorth Carolina USA - Charlotte-Blue Ridge ChapterSave the Date | BooneRoundtable DiscussionFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 21, 2017New York USA - Long Island ChapterSave the Date | Deepdale Golf ClubAugust Lunch MeetingFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 25, 2017California USA - Bay Area Club ChapterSave the Date | Silvercreek Valley Country ClubJonas & Club Essentials Software Users Groups followed by Giants game and socialFor further details and RSVP - Click HereNew Jersey USA - Mid-Jersey Chapter1:00 p.m. | Boat departs from River Rock Restaurant and Marina Bar (1600 Route 70 West, Brick. NJ)HFTP Summer Social: Don't Miss the BoatFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 27, 2017New Mexico USA - New Mexico ChapterSave the Date | Isotopes' ParkEnd of Summer SocialFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 29, 2017Florida USA - Mid-Florida Chapter1:00 - 7:45 p.m. | Rosen Shingle Creek ResortFor further details and RSVP - Click HereLearn More about HFTP Chapters>

Getting to the Employee 2.0 Webinar - August 15, 2017

11 August 2017
Register now for the upcoming HFTP webinar. ProLinks webinars are offered throughout the year at no cost to HFTP members (excluding the HFTP Digital Learning Days). The nonmember registration fee is $50.00 USD.WHO: Al Sweeny is director of risk, internal audit and cybersecurity (RIAC) at Baker Tiller Virchow Krause, LLPWHAT: "Getting to the Employee 2.0" webinarWHEN: August 15, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. CSTWHERE: OnlineDetails:Cyber criminals rely less on automated attacks and exploits of vulnerable software and have shifted to social engineering end users. They are going direct and manipulating humans into interacting with their deceptions. Traditional classroom based training and awareness programs are not working for these new types of attacks. We will introduce the concept of "Employee 2.0"; the enablement of a culture with persistent cognizance of good security practices.Learning Objectives:Understanding social engineering tactics.Learn about phishing, social media, fraud and ransomware.Learn beyond training and awareness and changing employee behavior.REGISTER>

HFTP and Naseba Announce HITEC Dubai 2017 Advisory Council

11 August 2017
Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), the world's largest hospitality technology conference brand, will be coming to Dubai, UAE on November 14-15, 2017 at the Conrad Dubai. Produced in partnership by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), the only organization producing nonprofit hospitality events at an international level, and Naseba, HITEC Dubai is set to be the region's largest hospitality technology showcase hosting leading hospitality decision makers and technology vendors. HITEC Dubai is an extension of HFTP's tremendously successful HITEC, which just completed its 45th year.To plan the event's educational program, an advisory council of experts with over 200 years of combined industry experience has been formed. The council met on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Jumeirah offices in the Dubai Design District to discuss and design an agenda that is most relevant to the Middle East's challenges, needs and upcoming hospitality technology trends.Nancy Wolff, senior vice president of technology at Jumeirah Group is the chairwoman of the HITEC Dubai advisory council, and spearheaded the kick-off meeting. The other members of the council are senior executives from leading local and global chains, and the solution providers segment:Nigel Hattersley, senior director of IT MEA, Marriot InternationalRadi Karnib, senior director of IT MEA and Turkey, Hilton WorldwideIftikhar Hamdani, cluster general manager, Ramada Hotel & SuitesLaurent Voivenel, senior vice president of operations and development for MEA & India, Swiss-BelhotelMahmoud Kamal, CIO, Al Habtoor GroupMd Amirul Islam, HFTP Dubai Chapter president, Dubai Parks and ResortsMohamed Rizwan, IT director, JW MarriottYazan Sabelaish, director of IT, Four Seasons Hotels DubaiEmilio Dragas, CEO, m3connectNaveen Bharadwaj, production director, NasebaAngela Dowell, meetings and events manager, HFTPNicholas Watson, managing director, NasebaFrank Wolfe, CEO, HFTPKhushru Siganporia, director IT, Taj HotelsFraidy Pinto, area IT director of Middle East & Sub Saharan Africa, Carlson Rezidor Hotel GroupJai Govindani, CTO, Red Planet HotelsLijo Mathew Kankapadan, corporate director, Emaar Linda Griffin, group GM, Jumeirah GroupSamir Abi Frem, corporate vice president, Rotana Group Sanjay Nadkarni, director of research and innovation, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management"The Middle East hospitality industry is one of the fastest growing in the world," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "Combining HFTP's 65 years of hospitality finance and technology education, regional expertise from an industry advisory council and Naseba deal facilitation will create the ultimate hospitality information exchange that the region has experienced thus far."Some of the most important topics identified include: bandwidth and HSI, power of data analytics and intelligence, intuitive technologies, sustainable technologies and the future of management systems. There were also deliberations on the use of robotics, ethical implications of AI, blockchain and the rising risk of cyber-attacks.Production Director of Naseba and HITEC Dubai, Naveen Bharadwaj noted: "Dubai is the regional leader of hospitality and an epitome of innovation. By bringing HITEC to Dubai and working with the expert advisory council, HFTP and Naseba aim to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and deal flow amongst hoteliers and hospitality technology providers."HITEC Dubai will feature an expo floor for exhibitors to showcase their latest solutions; and a summit floor for panel discussions, tech talks and pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings between pre-qualified hoteliers and cutting technology providers.In 2018, HFTP will bring back HITEC Amsterdam on April 11-13 in addition to the larger HITEC Houston on June 18-21. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other international activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec/.For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333.About HITEC Dubai Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)) 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.Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of HITEC, will partner with Naseba, a business facilitation company, to bring the brand to Dubai. Making the event accessible to buyers from the lucrative Middle Eastern market, currently worth over USD 75 bn. The show will offer an education program and exhibits. In addition, HITEC Dubai will feature a summit with one-to-one business meetings that have become the hallmark of Naseba's platforms. Hoteliers attending the summit portion of HITEC Dubai will be pre-qualified to confirm their purchasing authority, budgets, timelines and solutions of interest. hitec.naseba.comAbout HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

HFTP Announces Keynotes for its 2017 Annual Convention

9 August 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) added three informative and motivating keynote speakers to the education program for its upcoming Annual Convention 2017, an event the association has produced since 1952. This year's HFTP Annual Convention is scheduled for October 25-27, 2017 at Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Championsgate, Florida USA."This year's event will offer a variety of essential education formats, continuing education, enhanced networking and vendor opportunities as HFTP celebrates its 65th year as an association," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "The dynamic event program, created by a selected expert advisory council, provides relevant industry information specific to current industry trends. Annual Convention is also traditionally an opportunity to honor the association's accomplishments and outstanding member volunteers."Wednesday, October 25. Selected opening keynote speaker Dennis Snow, professional speaker and author, will present a session from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. about "Performance Excellence - The Employee Factor." Based on his 20-years with Walt Disney World along with many years of consulting with organizations around the world, Snow will provide a "how-to" program for engaging employees in delivering outstanding customer service.Thursday, October 26. Selected Thursday keynote speaker Greg Land, global segment leader of travel related services at IBM, will present a session from 3:10 to 4:25 p.m. about "Cognitive Computing and the Digital Guest Experience." Land's presentation will reveal how cognitive computing can be used to personalize the digital guest experience.Friday, October 27. Selected closing keynote speaker Steve McClatchy, speaker and award-winning author of a New York Times best seller, will present a session from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. titled "Decide to Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress and Lead by Example." McClatchy will teach the audience how to dive performance to increase work and life engagement, and re-gain critical planning and personal time.Online registration is open for Annual Convention 2017. Visit the Annual Convention page on the HFTP website for complete information about all conference events, including the program schedule, hotel and travel details and more. For more information about HFTP's Annual Convention and other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org. Annual Convention 2018 is slated for October 24-27 at the new Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA.For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

Help the Next Generation of Hospitality Students Through HFTP's Scholarship Fund

7 August 2017
Did you know that HFTP supports hospitality education around the world? HFTP's goal is to increase support for scholarships and endowments and we need your help. With the support of our members and industry professionals, HFTP can continue to provide for the future of the hospitality industry.Learn how you can be a part: http://ow.ly/1mPA30dJ5DO

70+ Reasons to Attend HFTP Annual Convention 2017

7 August 2017
You will not want to miss HFTP Annual Convention 2017 taking place from October 25-27, 2017 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate in Orlando, Florida USA. Register by September 25, 2017 to receive early registration rate.3 Networking Days: gather with hundreds of professionals with similar work challenges.40+ Education Sessions: designed for hospitality finance and technology professionals.30 Featured Vendors: meet with representatives offering services/products specific to your needs.Learn More: http://ht.ly/euFI30eefXv

HFTP Announces Advisory Council for its Second Annual HITEC Amsterdam in April 2018

2 August 2017
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), the only organization producing nonprofit hospitality events at an international level, including the world's largest Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), is pleased to announce the advisory council for its second annual HITEC Amsterdam. The next HITEC Amsterdam will take place from April 11-13, 2018 at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.The HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council met in Amsterdam this month to plan the upcoming conference's educational program. Sessions planned by the pan-European group will address the issues of top concern to the hospitality technology field. HITEC Amsterdam is an extension of HFTP's tremendously successful HITEC, which just completed its 45th year."HFTP was overwhelmed by the success of its inaugural HITEC Amsterdam in March 2017, and is delighted to bring the event back in April 2018," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "The HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council worked hard when they met last month to design an educational program that will radiate interest and knowledge-sharing amongst attendees."Planning for HITEC Amsterdam is in full swing with guidance from an advisory council representing six European countries. The council is chaired by Carson Booth, CHTP and vice-chaired by Derek Wood. The HITEC Amsterdam Advisory Council who are among Europe's finest hospitality technology group are:Carson Booth, CHTP, startup technology consultant, GermanyFergus Boyd, vice president of digital and IT at Yotel, LondonJames Byrne, owner at Eccleston Square Hotel, LondonMark Campbell, chief information officer at Dorchester Collection, LondonAlly Dombey, director at Revenue by Design, LondonSteven Dow, vice president of revenue management at Diamond Resorts International, EnglandGerhard Finster, owner at Arcadia Hotels Group, GermanyThierry Guiraudios, chief information officer at chez Louvre Hotels Group, FranceAlvaro Hidalgo, managing partner at First Logic Consulting, SpainTimo Kettern, director of IT at Lapithus Hotel Management, GermanyLodewijk Klootwijk, chief executive officer at European Golf Course Owners Association, The NetherlandsPhil Le Brun, vice president and segment chief information officer at McDonald's Corporation, LondonMichael Levie, CHTP, executive at citizenM, The NetherlandsIan Millar, CHTP, professor of IT at Ecole Hoteliere De Lausanne, SwitzerlandSophie Pommois, project director of global distribution at Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), SwitzerlandMichiel Roelfsema, deputy general manager at Hotel Okura Amsterdam, The NetherlandsHenri Roelings, founder and CEO at Hsyndicate, The NetherlandsBarry Thomas, CHTP, area director of information technology at Rosewood Hotel, LondonDerek Wood, managing director at Derek Wood Associates Ltd, EnglandLyle Worthington, CHTP, CIO at The Student Hotel, The NetherlandsIn traditional HITEC fashion, HITEC Amsterdam will include an exhibit hall, keynote presentations and over 16 educational sessions about trending hospitality technology topics including: blockchain, OTA's, sustainability, service bus, PMS, API, GDPR/DPO, development methodologies, meeting room technology, consumer journey and more.For the latest news, follow HFTP/HITEC on HITEC Bytes, PineappleSearch, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@HFTP), Instagram (HFTP_HITEC), Flickr and YouTube. For more information about HITEC Amsterdam, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org, +1 (512) 249-5333.About HITEC HITEC is the world's largest and oldest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand. HITEC offers a unique combination of top-notch education, and brings together the brightest minds and hottest technologies from across the globe to one place. The unparalleled event offers attendees essential education, access to top hospitality technology industry experts and the resources to find cost-effective ways to improve company bottom lines. Combined with the intimate opportunities to connect with fellow professionals, HITEC has everything to enhance your career.Historically hosted annually in a different city throughout the United States, HFTP decided to break tradition in 2017 by hosting three HITEC events all taking place outside of U.S. borders- in Toronto, Amsterdam and Dubai. This will be the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world - will take place outside of the U.S. In 2017, HFTP is producing its larger HITEC Toronto as well as two additional, inaugural HITEC events: HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai. For more information about HITEC and HFTP's other global activities, contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org or visit www.hftp.org and www.hftp.org/hitec. Download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

Announcing the HFTP 2017 - 2018 HFTP Global Board Slate

28 July 2017
Earlier this year, the nominating committee — comprising past HFTP Global past presidents, advisory council chairs and chapter presidents — were tasked with picking the HFTP members that would replace the outgoing directors of the HFTP Global Board. After a long day of interviews, the nominating committee was able to narrow their choices down. Here is the official slate for the 2017–2018 HFTP Global Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Congratulations to the New CHAE Designees

27 July 2017
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) this month. Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New CHAE Designees: Cesar Hernandez, CHAE * CFO at International Hospitality Enterprises, Inc. * Puerto RicoNovelet Smith, CHAE * financial controller at Tai Flora Services LTD * JamaicaFor 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.

HFTP Orange County Chapter: August 2017 Meeting

25 July 2017
The HFTP Orange County chapter is excited to announce its first chapter event. Make plans to join fellow HFTP members and industry professionals on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. RSVP>When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Where: Newport Beach Country Club (One Clubhouse Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660)What: Education and networkingSpeaker Todd Seiders, director of risk management from Petra Risk Solutions, will present on "Hotel Safety and Security Update 2017, What to Expect in the New Year." Mr. Seiders' expertise is in hotel safety and security and he recently presented at the California Hotel & Lodging Association New Year, New Laws' event in January 2017. Mr. Seiders will discuss the latest updates, trends, and best practices, including:ADA and Service AnimalsHotel Surveillance Equipment and Guest PrivacyRecreational Marijuana in Guest Rooms and the WorkplaceTransitioning to Wireless Fire Alarm System - How will this affect your business?Fire Sprinkler Inspection ScamsCal/OSHA Updates - Hepatitis B Vaccination & Heat-Related Illness PreventionAnd much more!Cost: $50.00 USD member/ $60.00 USD guest includes dinner and cash bar. Please bring check or cash to the event or pre-pay through the RSVP site. Checks should be made payable to the HFTP Orange County chapter. "No shows" will be invoiced for the full event cost and day of event cancellations will be invoiced for 50% of event cost.Please respect the facility's dress code. Business attire is recommended.

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: August 2017

25 July 2017
HFTP has over 80 local chapters throughout the world. Attend chapter meetings to connect with your local network of HFTP members and share solutions with professionals in your community. Chapters provide tremendous opportunities for education, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events for August 2017. Visit the HFTP website for more chapter information.August 8, 2017California USA - Orange County Chapter6:00 - 8:00 p.m.| Newport Beach Country ClubHotel Safety and Security Update, What to Expect in the New YearFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 11, 2017Florida USA - Gold Coast Chapter6:00 - 10:00 p.m. | Royal Palm Yacht & Country ClubSummer social with cocktails, dinner and dancingFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 14, 2017Colorado USA - Rocky Mountain Chapter7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Pinehurst Country Club12th Annual Golf ClassicFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 15, 2017Arizona USA - Valley of the Sun ChapterSave the DateHospitality Industry Forecast Report LuncheonFor further details and RSVP - Click HereMinnesota USA - Minneapolis/St. Paul Chapter1:45 - 3:00 p.m. | Oak Ridge Country ClubGetting to the Employee 2.0For further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 16, 2017Florida USA - Treasure Coast ChapterSave the Date | Stuart Yacht & Country ClubProperty Tax Update & Appeal ProcessFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 17, 2017DC USA - Washington Metropolitan Area Club Chapter11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Woodmont Country ClubAugust Meeting: Cyber SecurityFor further details and RSVP - Click HereTexas USA - Houston ChapterSave the Date | Location TBDAugust Dinner MeetingFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 18, 2017Florida USA - Gluf Coast Chapter2:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Roy'sSummer Social-Private Cooking ClassFor further details and RSVP - Click HereJamacia CARIBBEAN - Jamaica ChapterSave the Date | Location TBDHFTP Jamaica Apprenticeship ProgrammeFor further details and RSVP - Click HereNorth Carolina USA - Charlotte-Blue Ridge ChapterSave the Date | BooneRoundtable DiscussionFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 21, 2017New York USA - Long Island ChapterSave the Date | Deepdale Golf ClubAugust Lunch MeetingFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 25, 2017California USA - Bay Area Club ChapterSave the Date | Silvercreek Valley Country ClubJonas & Club Essentials Software Users Groups followed by Giants game and socialFor further details and RSVP - Click HereNew Jersey USA - Mid-Jersey Chapter1:00 p.m. | Boat departs from River Rock Restaurant and Marina Bar (1600 Route 70 West, Brick. NJ)HFTP Summer Social: Don't Miss the BoatFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 27, 2017New Mexico USA - New Mexico ChapterSave the Date | Isotopes' ParkEnd of Summer SocialFor further details and RSVP - Click HereAugust 29, 2017Florida USA - Mid-Florida Chapter1:00 - 7:45 p.m. | Rosen Shingle Creek ResortFor further details and RSVP - Click HereLearn More about HFTP Chapters>

HFTP and OpenTravel - Announce Newest Partnership in Systems Standards Horizon

25 July 2017
The nonprofit groups, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) and Open Travel Alliance (OpenTravel) have announced a partnership to accelerate the support of travel industry distribution standards, as well as the creation and adoption of hospitality technology standards across the entire spectrum of the global consumer travel experience. Of top priority to both organizations are mobile standards for use within the industry, which are first on the work list.To facilitate the intended projects, OpenTravel will co-locate its corporate office with HFTP Global headquarters in Austin, Texas, USA, starting in August 2017. The move will enable the organizations to combine resources to help develop standards that ease communications between disparate technology systems, enabling stakeholders to conduct business more efficiently.More than 25 years ago, HFTP was given a mandate by its members to lead in establishing information processing practices and standards explains Frank Wolfe, CEO for HFTP. He said, "HFTP represents stakeholders from the cruise line to the casino, fairway to foodservice, the motel to the midway, and the resort to recreation, across the globe. OpenTravel also represents every one of these verticals, and by partnering on this objective, both of our organizations will better serve our stakeholders."Individually, the two organizations represent stakeholders that do not fully overlap; but combined, there are no other groups that encompass this broad horizontal reach. OpenTravel represents the enterprise and HFTP represents individual professionals, together they represent the full consumer experience."OpenTravel's 1.0 XML Messaging Standards are paramount among the travel standards and our new 2.0 Object Model will positively impact the consumer experience for years to come," said Mike Tinkey, CEO for OpenTravel. "OpenTravel continues to enable the future for the connected consumer end to end with their business and leisure travel across all aspects of travel including, but not limited to, airlines, lodging of all types, cruise lines, car rental firms, railways, ground transportation, leisure suppliers, solutions providers, service providers, travel agencies, tour operators, technology companies and distributors, and events of all types. HFTP's resources will allow us to accelerate standards awareness, adoption and utilization."Both HFTP and OpenTravel are in the process of planning upcoming events in Orlando, Florida USA. Visit the organizations' respective websites for the latest updates at www.opentravel.org and www.hftp.org.About OpenTravelOpenTravel is a global not-for-profit trade association founded in 1999 by travel companies across all travel verticals, with a primary focus on the creation of electronic message structures to facilitate communication between disparate systems in the travel industry. OpenTravel is the source of the most adopted cross industry technology standards that enable business and leisure solutions driven by the travel industry. For more information on OpenTravel membership, please email: info@opentravel.org.About HFTPHospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom and the Netherlands. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, email membership@hftp.org or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. Read industry updates on the suite of HFTP hospitality news sites: HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes and HFTP News.

Community@HFTP Snap Shot - Cyber Security in Employee Handbooks

24 July 2017
Community@HFTP Snap Shot provides a glimpse into the industry-specific discussions happening on HFTP's online community. Community@HFTP is an online resource which provides an environment for HFTP's members to share experiences, industry information and best practices, seek and share advice, exchange resources and build relationships. It is an opportunity for HFTP members to collaborate with each other no matter where they are in the world.Featured Topic: Cyber Security in Employee HandbooksIn this discussion, members cover how to frame cyber security policies in employee handbooks. As technology integration increases within operational uses, how do organizations decrease access by cyber criminals? Read suggestions from participants and chime in with your own. JOIN THE DISCUSSIONCommunity@HFTP is your connection to an incredible resource - thousands of your colleagues who share your challenges, uncertainties and successes. The goal is for you to find it to be a supportive and safe space that fosters dialogue and helpful connections across the globe. (Note: You must be logged-in to the Community to view and participate in the discussion. Only HFTP members have access.)Get Started TodayFor a step-by-step guide on how to get involved in Community@HFTP, please take a moment to view the Getting Started Guide. Questions, comments and suggestions can be sent to communityhelp@hftp.org.

HITEC Toronto "Your HFTP" Selfie Contest Winners Announced

20 July 2017
This past June HITEC Toronto attendees were challenged to take unique selfies featuring the HFTP fitness tracker giveaway. And the winners took their trackers to far flung locales. Grand prize winner Jyoti Sarolia, or @Vanmali1, traveled with hers all the way to Niagara Falls, winning an Oculus Rift. Runner-up John Bear, or @kingbenne, took his all the way up above the Rogers Centre to watch a Blue Jays game, winning a $250 Amazon gift card. The fitness trackers were available for free to all attendees at the HFTP Member Lounge. Those who picked up the tracker were given the opportunity to participate in the contest for a chance to win two grand prizes. The selfies were posted to Twitter and needed to include the hashtag #HITECtor.Congratulations to Jyoti and John! And a big thank you to all those who participated, it was great to see all the places the HFTP fitness tracker traveled to.

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