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  • How to Connect in an Over-Distracted World (And Other Lessons from Leaders in Human Behavior)

    Leaders face a mounting challenge in today’s increasingly technological world. People have a host of distracting devices now available at their fingertips. According to research compiled by the HFTP Americas Research Center, Americans check their phone on average once every 12 minutes.

  • 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.

Be Prepared: Have an Action Plan for Professional Development

18 October 2018
I am currently making my travel arrangements for Louisville, Kentucky next week, as are the rest of my fellow HFTP 2018 Annual Convention attendees. The process has brought back memories from the 2017 HFTP Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida — where I was a first-time attendee and first-time guest blogger.

HFTP Annual Convention 2018: The Race is on for Attendee Referrals

16 October 2018
Watch as our 2018 HFTP Annual Convention exhibitors compete for the most regsitered attendee referrals for this year's event in Louisville, KY USA. The winning company will be presented with an award at the HFTP Annual Business Meeting on Friday, October 26 at 9:15 a.m. EST. Check back often for updates!Here is what we know:HFTP is exhibiting at the 2018 HFTP Annual Convention in Louisville, KYYour company wants to network, demonstrate your products and services, and have funHere is what HFTP challenges you to do:Refer Annual Convention to people you know (colleagues, customers and prospects)Those people register and select "Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals" as referring exhibitor during the registration processYour company has a chance to win the Attendee Referral Award, presented at the Annual Convention Business Meeting and be acknowledged in front of all of your peersWe have even made it easy for you by creating this invitation that can be easily customized by your company. Simply send this invitation out to your clients, prospects and industry colleagues, inviting them to the HFTP Annual Convention. The company with the most attendee referrals wins! Attendee referral registrations received between September 27 and October 22, 2018 will count toward the competition. Questions? Contact exhibit@hftp.org. Progress of the competition will be posted on the HFTP website. On your mark, get set, go!Invite Your Customers and Prospects>

Upcoming HFTP Webinars: Fall 2018

16 October 2018
Do not miss the following upcoming HFTP webinars. Click here to visit the HFTP webinar web page, and register for the webinars listed below.November 12, 2018"Artificial Intelligence and Big Data for the Hospitality Industry"What: HFTP online webinarWhen: 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. CST on November 12Who: presented by Kanishka Agiwal, head of IBM's travel and transportation industry for India/South Asia and a member of the IBM Industry AcademyAbout: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most important general-purpose technology of this era. It has boundless potential across the travel and hospitality industry, and we are just beginning to see the possibilities that take the guest experience to a whole new level. In this session, understand the different types of data and how the way data is captured is changing; why traditional systems must adapt with these changes; how AI transforms the customer experience; and explore use cases to help you ideate for your own organization.November 13, 2018"Artificial Intelligence and Big Data for the Hospitality Industry"What: HFTP online webinarWhen: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HKT on November 13Who: presented by Kanishka Agiwal, head of IBM's travel and transportation industry for India/South Asia and a member of the IBM Industry AcademyAbout: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most important general-purpose technology of this era. It has boundless potential across the travel and hospitality industry, and we are just beginning to see the possibilities that take the guest experience to a whole new level. In this session, understand the different types of data and how the way data is captured is changing; why traditional systems must adapt with these changes; how AI transforms the customer experience; and explore use cases to help you ideate for your own organization."Mapping the Travel Journey of the Chinese Tourist"What: HFTP online webinarWhen: 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM CST on November 13Who: presented by Charlene Ree, managing director at BiddingX -- an award-winning marketing technology platform that uses performance-driven AI algorithms to empower global marketers' advertising in China. She has over 15 years of digital media and advertising experience.About: Chinese tourists account for more than one-fifth of all global tourism spending. A better understanding of the Chinese tourist's travel journey will enable brand marketers to more easily and effectively map out their marketing/advertising direction. This webinar will guide the travel industry professional through this journey, sharing practical strategies and related case studies along the way. Understand the mindset and behaviors of the Chinese tourist; explore the four main stages of their travel journey; and examine strategies to connect across each stage.November 14, 2018"Mapping the Travel Journey of the Chinese Tourist"What: HFTP online webinarWhen: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM HKT on November 14Who: presented by Charlene Ree, managing director at BiddingX -- an award-winning marketing technology platform that uses performance-driven AI algorithms to empower global marketers' advertising in China. She has over 15 years of digital media and advertising experience.About: Chinese tourists account for more than one-fifth of all global tourism spending. A better understanding of the Chinese tourist's travel journey will enable brand marketers to more easily and effectively map out their marketing/advertising direction. This webinar will guide the travel industry professional through this journey, sharing practical strategies and related case studies along the way. Understand the mindset and behaviors of the Chinese tourist; explore the four main stages of their travel journey; and examine strategies to connect across each stage.Learn More and Register>

HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report: 2018 Data on Hospitality Staffing and Compensation

16 October 2018
The 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Survey was released this summer and made available to HFTP members. This is a biannual report that was developed to provide information on salaries and benefits, and to give an ongoing profile of accounting, finance and technology professionals in the hospitality industry.

HFTP Hong Kong Educational Event: November 9, 2018

16 October 2018
Join HFTP Global for a special hospitality educational event about data security and information security. Speaker Kok-Tin Gan is a partner at PwC's Cyber Security & Privacy practice with over 15 years of experience in IT governance, cyber security strategy and framework, cyber security governance, security management, IT risk, technology architecture and ethical hacking. HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE will be in attendance. Event Details:When: 9 November 2018 | 19:00 - 21:00 HKTWhere: Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong 64 Mody Road, Kowloon, Hong KongSpeaker: Kok-Tin Gan, Cybersecurity ExpertRSVP HERE *Deadline to RSVP: Tuesday, 6 November 2018.

Download the HFTP Events Mobile App for the 2018 HFTP Annual Convention

3 October 2018
The 2018 Annual Convention app that is now available. Search for "HFTP Events" in the Apple and Google Play stores to download the app now. The 2018 HFTP Annual Convention app is an interactive and informative tool that allows you to organize your convention experience, so you can arrive prepared and ready to go. Connect with attendees and exhibitors through in-app correspondence capabilities. Send a message, request a meeting and share contact information. HFTP Annual Convention is taking place October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. Register now.Even before you arrive at the 2018 HFTP Annual Convention, the app will serve as your comprehensive guide for information on 2018 HFTP Annual Convention. View the agenda for each day's sessions or search by education track.Arrange your education sessions and save to your agenda for easy reference.Connect with attendees and exhibitors through in-app correspondence capabilities. Send a message, request a meeting and share contact information.Search for exhibitors, hospitality products and solutions, or request a meeting.(Note: HFTP respects the privacy of our attendees. All registered exhibitors and attendees may view the list of participants in the HFTP Events app. Unless you share your contact information directly, all in-app correspondence is done solely in the app.)Download for AppleDownload for Google PlayRegister for HFTP Annual Convention

Trump Administration Immigration Enforcement Measures Shine Spotlight on Hospitality Industry

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3 October 2018
Since taking office, President Trump’s administration has ramped up enforcement measures on various industries – especially when it comes to immigration. The hospitality industry took center stage this month when the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced separate, new H-2B enforcement initiatives that are focusing specifically on the hospitality industry. As a reminder, H-2B visas are seasonal visas that are used by several industries, including the hospitality industry, to adequately staff for their peak seasons.

2018 HFTP Chapter of the Year Award Winners

1 October 2018
Congratulations to the 2018 HFTP Chapter of the Year winners. The HFTP Chapter of the Year Awards recognize chapters that further the goals of HFTP by providing quality educational and professional opportunities to their members, along with involvement in the local community. The following chapters will be honored at HFTP's 2018 Annual Convention in Louisville, Kentucky USA this month.2018 HFTP Chapters of the YearTier A (1-35) - HFTP Monterey ChapterTier B (36-70) - HFTP Florida Manasota ChapterTier C (71+) - HFTP Mid-Florida ChapterProceduresChapter of the Year CriteriaChapter of the Year Scorecard (Sample)About 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.

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