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  • 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.

  • Members Only: IT Spending in the Lodging Industry

    HFTP Research Report: The new USALI Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems and the effects thus far on the industry. An analysis of IT spending data in the industry and compliance practices by lodging executives.

  • Primary Club Metrics

    Survey results identify which metrics are most often used to determine performance. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA; and Amanda Belarmino

A European Vacation of 'Pay at the Table'

14 June 2018
By Jennifer Jones, official guest blogger for HITEC Houston 2018 - I recently took an 11-day vacation to Europe and spent some time in Paris and various cities around Portugal. It was lovely! I toured the vineyards in the Douro Valley outside Porto, hiked the elusive Green Cauldon on Madeira Island, paddled around the grottos in Lagos and sipped a lot of rosé at Parisian brasseries while it poured rain. While my adventures were varied, and most made me feel better about the pounds of pastries I devoured, I noticed a similar pattern every time I went to settle a check. Not one person ever touched my credit card at a bar or restaurant!

Countdown to Opportunity: The Club & Hotel Controllers Conference 2018

14 June 2018
Written By: Laura Resco, official event guest blogger for the HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference 2018 - One of the most important jobs of a graduate student is to produce original research that furthers the existing knowledge within an industry. Unfortunately, that is not an easy task. In the first place, one must find a topic that is not only academically interesting but also relevant to professionals. Moreover, there is always the hurdle of data availability. Finally, the result of the research should be a feasible solution to a current problem. In light of this, how can students keep up with such a dynamic industry as hospitality?

My HITEC To-Do List (and Maybe Something for You, Too!)

12 June 2018
I cannot count the number of times I have come to the realization that it is now time for something that I am not completely sure I am ready for. I feel that way about HITEC this year. Not that I’m not ready for HITEC – I’m just not ready for HITEC! Every year, as part of my plan to make the most of HITEC, I take the time to look through the educational programs and the show floor listing to find things that are on my “must” list.

HITEC Houston 2018: An Open Call for Partnership and Collaboration

12 June 2018
Getting ready to exhibit at HITEC® is one of our busiest times as a solution provider. We are configuring servers, packing miles of cable and transporting very large flat screen TVs, in addition to preparing talking points and scheduling meetings. From marketing to engineering to the logistics department, most everyone in the company has a role in producing a successful show. It would be impossible for one person or a single department to do alone.

CHTA Disruptive 2018: Thoughts Collected from a World of Possibilities

5 June 2018
The China Hospitality Technology Alliance (CHTA) Disruptive 2018 was held last month in Shenzhen, China — from May 22 – 24, 2018. It was an honor to represent HFTP at the expo and conference. Shenzhen is like a small Silicon Valley in China, with lots of startups and technology companies headquartered there. Hoteliers and stakeholders come together to share opinions and discuss the latest trends on CHTA talks and panel discussions.

The Importance of Academic Scholarships: Investing in Future Hospitality Leaders

4 June 2018
Written By: Susan Savkov. It is considered a commonly known reality that a college education can be a valuable gateway to a higher salary, an increased likelihood of employment, better job security, and even greater job satisfaction. Most people would say that a college degree is more crucial now than ever before in today’s competitive, constantly evolving world — especially in the hospitality industry, where technological and other advancements are now driving success, customer satisfaction and the future.

IT Measurements and the USALI 11th Edition

31 May 2018
In January 2015, the USALI 11th edition became effective and a new schedule was born: Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems.

The Tree-Hugging Concept: How it Relates to Trust and the Success of Your Club or Hotel

24 May 2018
Is it good to hug a tree? Yes! It has been proven that hugging a tree can benefit our mental and physical well-being. Since everything is about energy, can financial controllers positively influence their customers’ and stakeholders’ well-being in a similar way? Yes, they can — through their level of consciousness.

Ask the Experts: Panelists Give Guidance Ahead of HITEC Houston 2018

22 May 2018
A few of the experts presenting at HITEC Houston next month have shed interesting light on what attendees can expect during their highly-anticipated panel sessions focusing on hospitality technology: Emerging Technologies — The New, New Things, Investing in Technology and Guest Facing Technology.

Letter from the HFTP Global President: HFTP Builds on Past Initiatives to Forge Ahead to the Future

11 May 2018
The HFTP Global board, advisory councils, research centers, and its Austin, Texas-based staff work hard year-round to create and implement wholly new ventures. This is evident with the introduction of brand-new global conferences, digital resources, industry research and more.

Controllers, Drive Your Professional Development: Attend CHCC 2018

9 May 2018
Club and hotel controllers: Do not miss the opportunity to get behind the wheel and take control of your own professional development. The Club and Hotel Controllers Conference (CHCC) — co-located with the world’s largest hospitality technology show HITEC® Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center — takes place next month: June 18–20, 2018.

Introducing 'Your HFTP': An Updated Online Interface for HFTP Members

7 May 2018
HFTP is excited to announce the newly updated “Your HFTP” online account portal. “Your HFTP” allows you to successfully manage your HFTP membership online. This refreshed online interface looks and feels just like the HFTP website and (better yet) is mobile-responsive.

Paycheck Checkup: The IRS Encourages Taxpayers to Review Withholdings

30 April 2018
April 17, 2018: Tax day in the United States has come and gone. Individual taxpayers have filed all of their paperwork, and have either paid up the amount owed to the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or deposited their refunds in their bank accounts. Now that the 2018 tax year is in the rear view mirror for the majority, at least those that did not file an extension, we must look forward to the next tax day in 2019 — April 15.

Is the Lodging Industry Ready for a 12th Edition of USALI?

26 April 2018
The 11th edition of the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI) went live on January 1, 2015. This edition presented multiple updates such as changes to the way customers were reported in food outlets, new rooms revenue and demand segmentation, gross versus net reporting, and the addition of a new schedule, Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems. There were various other updates, but these were a few that garnered the greatest attention, as they required fundamental shifts in accounting procedures.

What to Expect at HITEC Houston 2018: Elite Education, Exhibits, E20X and More

20 April 2018
HOUSTON: A booming cosmopolitan city that is home to more than 2 million Texans, NASA’s famous Johnson Space Center, and — in just two short months — the world’s largest hospitality exhibition HITEC®. In late June, scores of hospitality technology and finance professionals will travel to Texas’ most populous city for first-rate industry education, networking, and an unparalleled expo showcasing the latest in products and services from around the globe. This stellar event hosted by HFTP will take place June 18-21, 2018 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

HITEC Amsterdam 2018: Why I Will Definitely Be Back

19 April 2018
This has been my first HITEC conference, and it has been one of the most informative three days I have had since I entered the world of hospitality a couple of years ago. While I prepared for the conference, I read up on the latest technological innovations, and on startups trying to overthrow OTAs. I read about revenue management and machine learning. Stepping off the plane in Amsterdam, I was confident I had done my homework and was ready to keep up with all the technical conversations I was going to have.

Translation Services: Lost (and Found) in Translation

11 April 2018
Here are some dots that you can easily connect: globalization, emerging markets and international travel. You may think “Oh, what a cliché!” Well then, you must have noticed the need skyrocketing for reliable translation, especially if you are in the travel or hospitality industries.

The Art of Pitching: Is it Overrated - or Essential?

10 April 2018
Pitching… that thing we force notoriously introverted geeks to do for funding. The main idea is that an entrepreneur — unless his name is Elon Musk or Tony Stark — has limited resources and needs the financial support of pockets that are substantially deeper than his own. If you, as an aspiring business leader, want potential partners and investors to buy into your idea, you need to sell it in a concise, explicit and exciting way to a floor of overconfident, seen-it-all financiers who might not know much about the technical complexities of that next big idea you’re certain to have found. Written By: Sherif Mamdouh, official guest blogger for HITEC® Amsterdam 2018

Seeking Consulting Services? HFTP has a Consultant Directory, Exclusively for Members

29 March 2018
Are you or your business in need of professional consulting services? Did you know HFTP offers members a comprehensive, searchable online consultant directory to help with these needs? It’s true! HFTP has compiled a searchable directory of consultant members. Consultants listed in this directory come from across the globe and specialize in various areas of expertise within the hospitality industry — including accounting, finance, technology, human resources, legal issues, data security, compliance and more.

Escaping the Nor'easter for the Inaugural HFTP Club Summit in New Orleans

27 March 2018
When I first learned HFTP® was hosting a new event called the “Club Summit” designed specifically for those of us in the club industry, I knew it was an opportunity I could not miss. When I discovered it was being held in New Orleans, Louisiana, I was done booking my ticket before finishing the sentence. I had the chance to attend two full days of club specific education, network with club vendors, see my HFTP friends from all over the country, meet new people, and most importantly — get out of the cold!

HFTP Members Meet at Rosewood London for Professional Dialogue and Education

20 March 2018
Arriving at the Rosewood Hotel London is always a pleasure — especially when greeted by the “hotel dog” Pearl, who even has her own social media presence. A big “Thank you!” to the Rosewood Hotel team for providing an excellent room, facilities and hospitality — and especially to IT Director Barry Thomas, CHTP who set everything up before he rushed off to Hong Kong. The hotel’s manager, Remus Palimaru, introduced the hotel itself (recently the subject of a major article in The Caterer) with an overview of the facilities and of Rosewood’s future development plans.

What to Expect: New Changes Coming to Lease Accounting Standards

19 March 2018
The upcoming revision to lease accounting standards was one of the topics discussed by the HFTP Hotel Advisory Council in their February 2018 meeting. The surprising conclusion from the council: The hotel industry in general is not prepared for the changes, and there is no viable off-the-shelf software that any of the members were aware of that would assist with the accounting for the new standard. Written By: Chris Garland, CHAE

Letter From the HFTP Global President: HFTP's Latest Initiatives Fit Nicely into the Overall Picture

13 March 2018
When I first assumed my role as president of the HFTP Global board four months ago, my promise was to continue to deliver on those initiatives that have been put forth in the past several years. In addition, I stated that I would work together with the board, councils and HFTP team to address any relevant issue as the year moved forward. I knew that progress would be necessary — no, critical — for success. Written By: Timothy G. Nauss, CHAE

Presenting: The Names You Should Know at HITEC Amsterdam 2018

5 March 2018
Spring should be in full swing when HITEC® Amsterdam 2018 takes place this April — which is just six short weeks away. If you would like to attend HFTP’s European extension to the world’s largest and oldest hospitality exposition and conference brand, the early registration deadline is approaching fast. Register by this Saturday, March 10, 2018 to secure your spot at the best possible price. HITEC Amsterdam debuted last year to immense success, with more than 1,100 hospitality industry professionals from around the globe gathering together to explore the industry’s best practices and latest innovations.

Job Searches Do Not Have to be a Pain (There is Help)

26 February 2018
Often we dread starting a job search, or conducting a search for a new candidate. As the job seeker, where do you start? As the candidate seeker, where do you start? Do you look online, read the newspaper ads, or ask your friends for leads? We have all been there at one time or another. We expend large amounts of time, money and energy in the process and it can get frustrating. Fear not — there is help. And it is as close as your HFTP member benefits. With HFTP resources and tools at your disposal, your job search can be less of a pain and more of a joy. (Okay, perhaps we are stretching it a bit with the word “joy.”)

Compensation and Benefits... An Important Combination When Attracting and Retaining Talented Staff

16 February 2018
Figuring out the right combination of compensation and benefits is the key to attracting and retaining top talent within your organization. Since 2002, the HFTP Americas Research Center has been tracking trends and publishing the HFTP Compensation and Benefits Survey. The purpose of this survey is to assist industry executives in their daily functions, whether it be setting compensation levels, budgeting for the following year, or analyzing staffing levels.

What are the Pros and Cons of Contact Center Outsourcing?

13 February 2018
Competition for customers is fiercer in the hospitality industry than in any other. As today’s fickle customers come to expect more and more from hospitality service providers, the success of your brand is dependent on providing the best customer experience possible. Because your contact center is the front line of your company’s customer support, the question of whether to outsource any of these activities must be considered carefully, not only from the perspective of your customers, but for its impact on your business operations and the bottom line.

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