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  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • IT Spending in the Lodging Industry Three-year Analysis: 2015–2017

    By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Arlene Ramirez, CHE, CHAE; and Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. PART II: An analysis of IT spending data in the lodging industry based on reporting in the new USALI Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems.

  • HITEC Special: Update: Will Tech Take Your Job?

    By Davy Berkus. As the digital wave ebbs, the rising wave of the thinking machine means fundamental changes in infrastructure and hospitality jobs.Excerpt from the 2018 HITEC Bytes Special Report.

  • HITEC Special: Treating Guests as Segments of One

    2018 HITEC Bytes Special Report — A solid events-driven architecture with context and location aware technology supported by data infrastructure creates a strong foundation to take advantage of tech innovations.

HFTP Heads to Orlando in 2019 and Minneapolis in 2020 for its Upcoming Annual Conventions

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Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) announces future dates for its Annual Convention, an event the association has produced since 1952. Next year's HFTP Annual Convention will take place October 23-25, 2019 at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida USA. In 2020, HFTP will produce its Annual Convention from October 14-16 at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA. This year's HFTP Annual Convention will take place October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA.The HFTP Annual Convention is one of many events the hospitality association produces each year, and has a program that provides topics of professional interest as well as celebrates the accomplishments of the association. Hundreds of hospitality finance and technology professionals will enjoy education, networking, exhibits, recognition, a black-tie optional dinner and much more. Registered attendees can earn CPE credits for attending educational sessions - the 2018 program offers up to 22 CPE credits. Also, it is tradition that HFTP's new Global Board is installed during the black-tie optional dinner known as HFTP Annual Tribute to Success."HFTP's Annual Convention represents a time for the organization to recognize outstanding achievement from individuals and HFTP chapters that embody the success of the association," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE. "The multi-day conference also offers keynote sessions, excellent hospitality education, social networking opportunities, black-tie events and a variety of other options for industry professionals who want to improve their job performance and organization."This year during HFTP Annual Convention, HFTP chose to support a local charity in the event's host city. The HFTP Helps 2018 online silent auction will direct its fundraising toward the HFTP Scholarship fund, and the money raised will support area hospitality, finance and technology centered education programs overseen by NAF. Item donations for the silent auction are now being accepted, and the online silent auction is now open and available to all who wish to bid on items such as hotel stays, dinners and more.Online registration is open for this year's Annual Convention 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky USA. Register by September 26, 2018 to receive the early registration rates. 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 HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues, and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world's largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. The association also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, visit www.hftp.org.For the latest news, visit the HFTP News page at news.hftp.org and the HFTP Connect blog at blog.hftp.org.Follow HFTP on social media Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

Asia-focused Webinar POSTPONED Due to Typhoon Mangkhut

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To ensure the safety of our members and stakeholders in Asia, HFTP is postponing the Asia-focused webinar, "Artificial Intelligence and Big Data for the Hospitality Industry," that was scheduled for September 19, 9:00 AM HKT/September 18, 8:00 PM CDT, due to the impact of Typhoon Mangkhut.This webinar will be rescheduled for a later date. Please visit the website for details.Contact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information or to submit your webinar topic idea: Angela Dowell (angela.dowell@hftp.org) by email or phone +1 (512) 220-6441 or Celina Mendieta by email (celina.mendieta@hftp.org) or phone+1 (512) 220-4024.Helpful Links:HFTP WebsiteUpcoming WebinarsWebinar ArchiveAbout HFTPHospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues, and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world's largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. The association also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch.com(r). For more information about HFTP, visit www.hftp.org.For the latest news, visit the HFTP News page at news.hftp.org and the HFTP Connect blog at blog.hftp.org.Follow HFTP on social media Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

Win $1,000 USD! "Why Join HFTP" Video Contest

17 September 2018
The "Why Join HFTP" video contest is designed to give HFTP members the chance to explain why they are passionate about HFTP. Team up with three to five HFTP members and create a 30-120 second video explaining why you are passionate about HFTP. The winning team will receive $1,000 USD, and their video will be shown at the 2018 HFTP Annual Convention this October. *All online entries must be received by October 15, 2018 by 3:00 p.m. CST to be eligible to win the grand prize. Contest Overview:Who Can Participate?The "Why Join HFTP" Video contest is open to all HFTP members. HFTP staff and HFTP Board of Directors or family members of HFTP Staff and HFTP Board of Directors are not eligible to participate in the Contest.Date of ContestVideo entries will be accepted starting on September 6, 2018 and ending October 15, 2018. All online entries must be received by October 15, 20183:00 p.m. CST to be eligible to win the Grand Prize.PurposeThe purpose of this competition is to highlight all the amazing things HFTP membership offers. So "Why Join HFTP" can be any positive reason your team has for encouraging membership. Here are some examples, but keep in mind that there are so many ways to show why hospitality professionals should join HFTP.PrizeThe winning team's video will be selected by a committee of HFTP representatives. Winning team will receive $1,000.00 USD. Video will be shown at the HFTP 2018 Annual Convention.How to Enter:Get with 3-5 HFTP members and create a team. Teams must be no smaller than 3 people, and no larger than 5 people.Choose a clever team name.Create a video with a theme of "Why To Join HFTP". For example, how has HFTP changed your career, things HFTP offers its members, etc.Video must be submitted to the submission form via link through a page of your choice (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).Video length must be between 30 and 120 seconds.Agree to contest Terms and Conditions (see below).Upload your video to the submission form here.Contest Terms and ConditionsFor full contest terms and conditions, click here. The entry must fulfill all contest requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Attendees may enter only once. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Twitter, Vimeo, YouTube, Instagram or Facebook.Questions?Please contact Millicent Gustafson at Millicent.Gustafson@hftp.org or Melissa Trevino at Melissa.Trevino@hftp.org.Share the contest with a colleague with this flyer.

In the Event of a Cyberattack: Public Relations and Responding to the Media

17 September 2018
Your organization has experienced a data breach. How do you handle telling your customers? One of the key pieces to a data breach response is the announcement to the public and affected individuals. How a company deals with public relations after a breach determines how successful they will be at recovering from the breach. Cyberattacks and data breaches are the top threats to a business’s reputation, and they are as impactful as a major environmental incident such as an oil spill (Cyber Data-Risk…, 2014).

HFTP Upcoming Europe Event in Frankfurt

14 September 2018
Join HFTP and other area hospitality professionals at the upcoming member interest event later this month in Frankfurt, Germany. The get-together will offer what HFTP does best: networking with an educational presentation. Also, if you have a colleague who would be interested in attending, please ask them to join the event as well.Details:Thursday 27 September 2018 | Frankfurt, Germany Location: Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt Airport Arrivals and networking starts at 17:00Presentation and Information starts at 17:30Agenda:Welcome and Introductions: Timo Kettern, Director IT, EVENT European Services GmbH, ein Unternehmender EVENT Hotels | Carl Weldon, Chief Operating Officer, HFTP EuropePresentation on GDPR: Dr. Michael Toedt, Founder & CEO, dailypoint tm - Software by ToedtRSVP Today!Thank you to Infor for sponsoring this event.

HFTP Greater Louisville Chapter Event: September 18, 2018

11 September 2018
HFTP's chapters plan exciting events each month. This month, the HFTP Greater Louisville Chapter is hosting an event on September 18, 2018. Taking place at MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP in Louisville, Kentucky USA, there will be pizza, snacks, beverages and an evening seminar about new federal and Kentucky tax laws. The evening seminar will be presented by Ashley Barke, CPA starting at 6:30 p.m. For those planning to attend, parking is available at the 4th Street Live! (5th Street) or Seelbach parking garages (Muhammad Ali Blvd). RSVP to earn CPE credit.*Dont forget to make your donations to HFTP HELPS Silent Auction taking place at the HFTP Annual Convention Omni Louisville 10/ 25/18. More information here.---About HFTP Chapters:HFTP has more than 76 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 and networking. Find a HFTP chapter and get involved today. HFTP chapters offer several opportunities for involvement and leadership, from officers and committee members to volunteers. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. HFTP offers chapter leaders chapter specific online webinars through a series of education training webinars. HFTP Event Schedule>HFTP Chapter Information>Find HFTP Chapter Near You>

Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)

10 September 2018
With the technological advancements emerging in recent years, it seems like everything is interconnected. Individuals can change the temperature in their house, open curtains, turn on a light, unlock a door or even track the contents of their refrigerator. All of these items are collectively referred to as the Internet of Things. According to Dictionary.com, the Internet of Things (often noted as IoT) is “a network of everyday devices, appliances and other objects equipped with computer chips and sensors that can collect and transmit data through the Internet” (Random House, 2017).

Apply to be a Guest Blogger at HFTP Annual Convention 2018

6 September 2018
Are you interested in receiving a complimentary registration to HFTP Annual Convention next month? Do you have writing skills? Apply to be an official guest blogger for HFTP Annual Convention today! Email briana.gilmore@hftp.org for more details.HFTP Annual Convention 2018 will take place from October 24-26, 2018 at the new Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. Click here to learn more.

HFTP and HTNG Sign Partnership Agreement to Strengthen Resources for the Hospitality Industry

6 September 2018
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) announced during Hospitality Upgrade's Annual CIO Summit that they established a partnership geared toward strengthening the progression of the technology in the hospitality industry. The agreement is based on both organizations' desire to use each group's complementary strengths and resources to advance technology in the hospitality and travel industries."For years, HFTP and HTNG have worked in parallel in support of the hospitality technology industry," said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe. "Each organization has made great progress toward bringing the community together to establish education, standards, best practices and resources. Recognizing that working closer together would better serve the industry, the leadership of HTNG and HFTP has formed this partnership."The two organizations are member-based nonprofits which draw from their volunteers' extensive knowledge bases to develop and present educational opportunities, industry standards, best practices and other resources. Through this agreement, HFTP and HTNG will cross-promote the programs of each organization to maximize the benefits and impacts of these efforts."HTNG and HFTP have played important roles in advancing technology in the hospitality and travel industry. With similar, but complementary missions, this partnership will bring the organizations closer together and codify the informal cooperation that has existed since HTNG's founding 16 years ago," said Mike Blake, CEO of HTNG.The partnership establishes a corresponding presence within each organization's events and activities. The groups will promote each other's events on online calendar listings and news sites; as well as support each group's programs, including HFTP certifications and the HTNG Workgroups. Also, both HFTP and HTNG will invite leadership representatives from the other organization to participate in events, programs and advisory councils.One of the first things the two organizations have agreed to do is to resurrect the Hospitality Technology Strategic Initiatives Council, co-founded by HFTP and HTNG in 2009. The council was composed of senior-level, industry leaders and related hospitality/travel associations to discuss pressing industry needs as they relate to hospitality technology. The council will work to identify industry initiatives and will determine the best possible home for these initiatives to reduce duplication efforts.

Volunteer for a HFTP Council or Committee

5 September 2018
HFTP relies on the collective vision, knowledge and experience of its members. HFTP offers multiple opportunities to get involved and be an active member of your association. This is your chance to get involved and volunteer for an HFTP Council or Committee.Have a specific interest within your association? Volunteer to serve on an HFTP Global Committee or Council that fits your needs. HFTP committees and councils provide guidance and leadership to the association, assuring that HFTP promotes excellence in the hospitality industry.Volunteer for an HFTP Council or Committee>Learn More>

Outsourcing Cybersecurity and Contracts

4 September 2018
For many companies in the hospitality space running smaller operations, having a full-time IT person on staff may not be an option. Other companies may have an IT manager on staff, but outsource the cybersecurity responsibilities to a company that specifically focuses on the increasing dangers pertaining to cyber threats. There can be multiple reasons why a company would decide to outsource cybersecurity; therefore, companies must know how to traverse finding the company that is the right fit for their organization.

HFTP Announces 2018 CHAE of the Year Recipient: Elijah Spiritoso, CHAE

30 August 2018
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) will honor Elijah Spiritoso, CHAE as the 2018 Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) 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 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA - online registration is open now.Spiritoso started in hospitality as a busboy for a local Philadelphia restaurant, and then became a server at the downtown Hilton Garden Inn in Philadelphia while in high school. Spiritoso graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor's in Business Administration, where he was a finance major. He continued to work as a food server in both a-la-carte and banquets, working for many well-known restaurants, caterers and hotels in the area. One Five-Diamond rated hotel, The Rittenhouse, became Spiritoso's main employer, until one day he was offered a position to become the hotel's new income auditor. He was quickly promoted - based on his ability to automate and streamline processes - to condominium accountant then to staff accountant, working directly under the CFO. After many years, he became a controller for GF Management, then a restaurant group. Spiritoso now works as the controller for Frog Commissary, the exclusive in-house food provider for The Franklin Institute."The CHAE certification was very helpful in obtaining my new position, as it showed my willingness to continue to stay educated on the fundamental industry knowledge," said Spiritoso. "Employers need to trust accountants at the executive level, so being a CHAE gives added confidence that I am managing the business properly and staying continually educated on the latest industry trends. Every hospitality accounting professional would greatly benefit from studying and retaining the knowledge covered while obtaining a CHAE - it shows that you are a true professional that is serious about your career and future."I would like to personally thank everyone at HFTP that worked hard to make the CHAE certification possible, and a special thanks to HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon for guiding me through the process," Spiritoso continued. "I also want to thank all of the other CHAEs out there every day working hard to represent the ideals of the certification. I am truly humbled and honored to be the CHAE of the year and will wear the honor with pride throughout my entire career."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).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 has upcoming events around the world. HITEC Dubai will take place December 5-6, 2018 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE. HITEC Europe will take place April 9-11, 2019 at Palau de Congressos in Palma (Mallorca) Spain. HITEC Minneapolis will take place June 17-20, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. For more information about HFTP's international events, visit www.hftp.org and www.hitec.org or contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at education@hftp.org.About HFTP Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP), established in 1952, is a hospitality nonprofit association headquartered in Austin, Texas USA with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with an international network of members and stakeholders. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues, and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. HFTP offers expert networks, educational resources, career development programs, research, leadership opportunities and conferences and events. HFTP produces international events throughout the year, including the world's largest hospitality technology tradeshow and conference brand: HITEC. The association also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine: PineappleSearch.com. For more information about HFTP, visit www.hftp.org.For the latest news, visit the HFTP News page at news.hftp.org and the HFTP Connect blog at blog.hftp.org.Follow HFTP on social media Facebook (@HFTPGlobal); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Stay tuned to HFTP's industry-specific, informational news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, HFTP Club Bytes, HFTP Finance Bytes, HFTP GDPR Bytes and HFTP FB Bytes. HFTP event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

New CHAE Designees: July and August 2018

29 August 2018
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)). Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New DesigneesKerry Anne Brown, CHAE * Controller * Tequesta Country Club * USACharles Doria, CHAE * Assistant Controller * Bonnie Briar Country Club * USAJack Fritsche, CHAE * SVP - CFO * Donohoe Hospitality Services * USARobert Johnson, CHAE * Controller * Lionstone * USATucker Johnson, CHAE * Assist. Instructional Professor * Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management * USAWhy Get Certified?Elevate your professionalism and demonstrate superior industry performance. Active certificants have reported higher salaries and various career advancement opportunities. Becoming certified indicates that you are committed to professionalism, continuing education and your chosen career path. HFTP offers the only designations for finance and technology professionals who are working in the hospitality industry. How HFTP Certification Can Advance Your Career>New Certification Advisory Program (CAP)HFTP is launching an inaugural program designed to assist CHAE and CHTP certification applicants in achieving their HFTP certification designation. The NEW Certification Advisory Program brings together both candidates and advisors, who will help and support candidates in one-to-one interactions, as a supplemental review option for the certification exams. Learn More>About HFTP CertificationsHFTP administers the examination and awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP's certification programs are globally recognized for setting industry standards for hospitality finance and technology. Qualification for the exams is based on level of education and experience in the industry. Student programs are also available. Find out how to apply as well as exam information, study guides, check lists and much more by visiting HFTP's website at www.hftp.org (click "Career Development" at the top).Questions?For 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.

Young Professionals: Network with Peers at HFTP Annual Convention

28 August 2018
HFTP will host an event for its Young Professional members attending Annual Convention in Louisville, Kentucky USA this October. Join HFTP's young professionals at the rooftop pool at the Omni Louisville Hotel on October 25 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. for an evening of networking and fun. Enjoy refreshing drinks and appetizers as you learn, engage and connect with the hospitality industry's future leaders.Also featuring a station to make your own Kentucky derby hat as well as a photo booth. The event is open to students, young professionals and professionals who are willing to be a mentor to HFTP Young Professionals. Must RSVP to attend. *For registered HFTP Annual Convention attendees only.HFTP Annual Convention will take place from October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA.RSVP>Register for Annual Convention>HFTP Young Professional Video>

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events

27 August 2018
Check out the upcoming HFTP chapter event calendar. Click here to view the upcoming events.HFTP has more than 76 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 and networking. Find a HFTP chapter and get involved today. MoreHFTP chapters offer several opportunities for involvement and leadership, from officers and committee members to volunteers. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. MoreHFTP offers chapter leaders chapter specific online webinars through a series of education training webinars. MoreLearn more about HFTP chapters>Find a chapter near you>

Register and Donate to HFTP Helps 2018 -- Louisville

21 August 2018
HFTP Helps 2018As part of its ongoing charitable efforts, HFTP Helps at the 2018 HFTP Annual Convention will direct its fundraising towards the HFTP Scholarship fund in support of hospitality education. From its very beginning, HFTP and its chapters have actively provided for students working toward a career in hospitality and supporting the next generation of hospitality professionals. Traditionally, the HFTP Helps program has also supported a local charity located in the Annual Convention's host city. To follow tradition, the money raised at this year's event for the HFTP Scholarship will be directed to area hospitality, finance and technology centered education programs overseen by NAF. The HFTP Helps silent auction fundraiser will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 from 5:15 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at HFTP Annual Convention. HFTP Annual Convention will take place from October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA.About NAFNAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career and future ready. NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including: finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2017-18 school year, over 100,000 students attended 644 NAF academies across 36 states, including DC and the US Virgin Islands. In 2017, NAF academies reported 97 percent of seniors graduated with 90 percent of graduates planned to go to college.Ways to HelpSilent Auction Fundraiser: In conjunction with the HFTP Friday Gala, HFTP Helps will hold a silent auction in support of the HFTP Scholarship fund to be directed to area NAF chapters. HFTP is currently seeking item donations for the HFTP Helps Silent Auction. Register, view items and bid on silent auction items here. Please send suggestions to publications@hftp.org.Greater Louisville Chapter Event: Experience a piece of Louisville history and contribute to HFTP Helps. Attend the Thursday night social event hosted by one of HFTP's newest chapters, taking place October 25, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Kentucky Derby Museum. The event will include food and cocktails, a live DJ, tours of Churchill Downs Racetrack, and storytelling about Halloween haunts and tales of lore that will send a chill down your spine. A portion of the tickets ($50 USD donation per person) will be contributed to the 2018 HFTP Helps fundraiser.Learn More about HFTP Helps>Register for Annual Convention>

The Challenge for Hotels When It Comes to Securing Their Systems

20 August 2018
In hotels, guests are a unique challenge to securing hotel systems. One of the first things a hotel guest does once they reach their hotel room is to check their Internet connection. According to studies conducted by Dr. Agnes DeFranco, CHE, CHAE, CHIA and Dr. Cristian Morosan, CHTP, CHE who are both researchers at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, over 80 percent of travelers from the United States travel with at least one mobile device — whether it be a laptop, tablet, smartphone or a combination of the three.

2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

14 August 2018
By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

Business Continuity Plans: Enhance Cybersecurity in the Hospitality Industry

13 August 2018
With countless cyberattacks occurring in recent years, cybersecurity has become an unseparated concern during daily operation. To protect the business from incident influence, a continuity plan that integrates cybersecurity must be designed and well-implemented for hotels, restaurants and clubs.

How to Benefit from Networking Events

8 August 2018
You may not feel inclined to attend a networking event. After all, why waste an entire evening doing what you already conveniently do on social media? As it turns out, there is an element of in-person networking that could never be fulfilled through online mediums. Face-to-face interactions allows for a level of rapport that leads to stronger bonds and connections. If you are still skeptical, then we’ll outline some benefits of networking events and how you can get the most out of it.

HFTP Hong Kong IT Working Group Meeting

7 August 2018
Last week on July 27, HFTP hosted an IT work group interest meeting at the Hotel ICON in Hong Kong. Attendees were regional IT professionals and education experts from the hospitality industry who came together to discuss the latest industry trends and challenges. At the meeting was HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, who led a discussion on the current state of hospitality in Hong Kong and raised the idea of chartering an HFTP IT professional chapter in Hong Kong. The chapter would give members the opportunity to better communicate and network with each other.HFTP has more than 76 chapters throughout the world, and attending chapter meetings allows members to connect with a local network of HFTP members and hospitality professionals. Chapters members meet to share solutions and consult with other professionals in the community. Tremendous educational opportunities are provided as well. The chapter plan was recognized and accepted by the audience; and a detailed charter plan will be discussed and implemented in the near future.

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