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  • Annual Convention 2018: A True HFTP Experience in the Land of the Kentucky Derby

    On the bank of the Ohio River in the east south-central region of the United States looms Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville — home to the famed Kentucky Derby horse race, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Louisville Slugger baseball bats.

  • Members Only: 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 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.

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events

6 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>

HFTP Webinar Schedule: August 2018

1 August 2018
HFTP upcoming webinars for July 2018. Click here to visit the HFTP webinar web page, and register for the webinars listed below.August 7, 2018Cyber Liability Insurance: Five Reasons to Consider It | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CDTCyber liability insurance can play an important role in your overall risk management strategy. This course provides an overview of cyber liability insurance and five main reasons to purchase this type of coverage as it applies to hotels, clubs and golf courses. With the help of relevant case studies, attendees will gain a better understanding of cyber liability insurance and the potential costs when a breach does occur.Patrick Costello co-founded Evolve MGA with his brother Mike in 2015, which has since grown tremendously with the development of an industry leading cyber program for their brokers and clients. As he focuses on the rapidly expanding cyber insurance market, Patrick is determined to provide his brokers the tools they need to give their clients peace of mind when addressing the exposures of the modern world.August 23, 2018Chapter Leader Webinar: Board Dynamics - Tapping Into Talent | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CDTEvery Chapter needs strong leadership. No matter how success is defined, Chapters need the best possible board of directors to guide the Chapter's programs. This webinar focuses on learning how to foster board cohesiveness and collaboration by knowing the dynamics of the board makeup. The goal is to create genuine partnerships and unity with, and among, board members.Trevor Mitchell, MBA, CAE, executive director and CEO at American Mensa Limited, oversees the day-to-day operations of the National Office. He works with the Chair and other national representatives on international Mensa issues that impact American Mensa and also works with the Mensa Foundation on its projects and programs.August 28, 2018Budgeting: Move Towards Automation | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CDTFor financial professionals, the budget process has always been at the forefront, but in recent years it has taken on new importance among budget committees, general managers and members alike. For years, the club industry has relied on Excel and manual data entry to produce their budgets and forecasts, a system at great risk for errors that can replicate throughout the process. Attend this session for the tools necessary to help streamline the budget process, improve operations and ensure greater accuracy.Jonathon Goodman, CPA, CHAE, is the current club controller at Frenchman's Creek Beach and Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He has successfully implemented several innovative programs related to the automation of many accounting and membership functions.Learn More>

Announcing Recipient of the John Cahill Student Seat for the 2018 CIO Summit

1 August 2018
Congratulations to Juan Jesus Trevino, student of the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, for receiving the John H. Cahill CIO Summit Scholarship. Honoring HFTP Past President and HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame inductee John H. Cahill. The upcoming CIO Summit, sponsored by HFTP, will be held September 5-7, 2018 in Seattle, Washington USA."With a stellar academic background and good hospitality and IT work experience, we believe Juan has a bright future and solid potential in hospitality technology ahead of him," said Dr. Agnes DeFranco.After graduating from a magnet high school with advancement placement, Trevino decided to attend his local community college for one semester to finish all the required core classes. He obtained his associates degree in one semester at South Texas College with a perfect 4.0 GPA before transferring to the University of Houston. With only one semester's work at UH, and wanting to know about the many facets of the hospitality industry, he joined the HFTP Cougar Chapter and the Texas Restaurant Association Cougar Chapter at the Hilton College, and the Undergraduate Real Estate Scholars association at the business college. In the summer of 2016 and 2017, Trevino contributed in a major network upgrade at Arenas Del Mar, an 80-room resort hotel in Tampico, Mexico. This project involved rewiring and installation of new devices throughout the property.Mr. Trevino is studying hotel and restaurant management with plans to graduate in May of 2020.The creation of the John Cahill Honorary Seat was a special addition to the annual CIO Summit. Each year one student is awarded an exclusive invitation to attend the CIO Summit in Mr. Cahill's honor. Hospitality Upgrade first announced this special addition at the John Cahill Memorial Reception at HITEC 2016 in New Orleans. "When the CIO Summit was in its early stages, John was committed to being there and to help make it a success," said Rich Siegel. "John attended our very first CIO Summit in 2002 and he encouraged others to join us. He was a true advocate for the industry and hotel technology."The John Cahill Honorary Seat is awarded to one distinguished student from a selected university or four-year college with a hotel program. This student is recommended by his or her professors as an individual with great potential in the hotel technology industry. The selected student will be given an exclusive opportunity to network and learn beside our industry's best and brightest technology leaders for the duration of the CIO Summit.John Cahill was a hotel technology professional, industry leader, mentor, father and friend. Over the course of his career, Cahill was the CIO for three hotel companies - ITT Sheraton, InterContinental Hotels and The Denihan Hospitality Group. Cahill's list of industry contributions is extensive, including co-editing the inaugural CHTP exam in 1995. Cahill was inducted into the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame in 1993, and was an HFTP Global Past President (2001-2002). Above all, Cahill was a mentor. Hospitality Upgrade's Rich Siegel wished to see his memory live on by presenting one student each year with an exclusive opportunity to attend an otherwise closed-door, invitation-only CIO Summit, allowing the student to sit in John's seat for the two-day event. "It's something we know John would have loved," Siegel said.The previous recipients of this award include inaugural recipient Spencer Rung, a 2016 graduate of the Penn State School of Hospitality Management; and the 2017 recipient, Andrew Trupia, a graduate of the University of Nevada - Las Vegas who is currently working at the Beverly Hills Hotel.Read full article>CIO Summit>

Last Day to Earn CPE Credits from HITEC Houston

30 July 2018
For those who attended HITEC Houston and want to receive educational credits for their participation, please fill out the following form to receive CPE credits. Today is the last day to submit education credits. #HITECtx

HFTP Paragon Award Nominations Due August 10, 2018

20 July 2018
Do you have a colleague who has made a lasting contribution to both HFTP and the hospitality industry? HFTP is accepting Paragon Award nominations until August 10, 2018.In 1999, HFTP established the annual, prestigious Paragon Award to recognize individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to both HFTP and the hospitality industry. Paragon Award nominees can be HFTP members; representatives of industry-related associations, societies, or trade publications; or leaders from hospitality businesses, educational institutions, and other related disciplines. A panel of industry experts selects the award winner who will be recognized at HFTP's Annual Convention in October.The nomination and selection process begins in the summer of each year. For more information on the Paragon Award, contact Eliza Selig at +1 (512) 249-5333 or (800) 646-4387.Click here for the nomination form. Click here to learn more about the HFTP Paragon Award.

HFTP and HSMAI Region Europe to Co-locate 2019 European Conferences in Palma de Mallorca, Spain

19 July 2018
In the wake of the last two years' co-location of HFTP's HITEC Europe in Amsterdam and HSMAI Region Europe's ROC & DOC (Revenue Optimization Conference and Distribution Optimization Conference), the two organizations have agreed to extend their partnership to next year. For the very first time the events will take place in Palma De Mallorca, Spain. Next year's venue will be the hotel and convention center Palau de Congressos in Palma, and the events will take place between April 9-11, 2019. HFTP's HITEC Europe will take place April 10-11, 2019. Learn more at www.hitec.org and https://hsmai.eu."Our joint efforts in Amsterdam, where HTFP's HITEC Europe 2018 and our ROC & DOC took place turned out to serve both parties' interests, prompting us to seek a renewal of the fruitful partnership," says HSMAI Region Europe President and CEO Ingunn Hofseth. "Many view Mallorca as the heartland of the Spanish hospitality industry. With regard to logistics Mallorca has the third largest airport in Spain, after Barcelona and Madrid, with lots of direct flights, especially low-cost airlines, from all over Europe. In Palma we also find most of the major Spanish group HQs, such as Melia, Barcelo, Iberostar, Riu, Pineiro and of course lots of smaller groups and independent hotels and other important companies in the hotel and travel industry," she continues.HFTP and HSMAI's goals are coinciding and interwoven on so many levels that an extensive cooperation has proven to be highly useful for both parties."HFTP's goal is to build HITEC Europe into an important annual event to exchange and shape current ideas and trends across multiple disciplines within hospitality. Having HSMAI Region Europe's ROC and DOC conferences and other activities co-located with HITEC Europe boosts this goal as it will bring top professionals in revenue management and marketing together with HITEC's technology and finance professionals, all areas that are woven together in the hospitality sphere," says HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe in a statement.HITEC is considered one of the world's leading conferences in hospitality technology, with conferences held in the U.S., the Middle East and Europe, among which the American one the largest. HSMAI Region Europe has attended the U.S. HITEC in Houston before, held in cooperation with HSMAI in America, by the way, rendering the partnership a highly international one.Read the Full Press Release>HITEC Europe Website>HSMAI Region Europe Website>

RSVP Today for the HFTP Hong Kong IT Working Group Interest Meeting: July 27, 2018

17 July 2018
You are invited! Are you in the Hong Kong area and work in hospitality? HFTP is hosting an IT Working Group Interest Meeting on July 27, 2018 where hospitality IT professionals in the area will be able to meet and discuss the latest industry trends and network with colleagues. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about HFTP, an international association; and the projects and programs it produces to support the professional hospitality finance and technology community. There will also be a presentation from HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe during the meeting. Arrivals and networking starts at 18:30 HKT.Event details:27 July 2018 | 18:30 - 21:00 HKTLocation: Hotel Icon | Hong Kong Polytechnic University17 Science Museum Road Tsim Sha Tsui EastKowloon, Hong KongRSVP today: http://bit.ly/2uui9fz

2018 HFTP Florida Regional Conference

17 July 2018
HFTP's Florida Regional Conference is taking place July 25-27, 2018 at The Westin Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida USA. Join an estimated 150 professionals in the hospitality finance and technology field for three days of guest speakers, vendor exhibits and educational advancement. The 2018 HFTP Florida Regional schedule of events can be found here. Thank you to the event sponsors. Visit the event website to learn more.Hosted by the HFTP Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, HFTP Manasota Chapter and HFTP University of South Florida Sarasota - Manatee Chapter. Click here to learn more about HFTP chapters and find an HFTP chapter near you today.

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events

16 July 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>

HFTP Webinar Schedule: July 2018

10 July 2018
HFTP upcoming webinars for July 2018. Click here to visit the HFTP webinar web page.July 10, 2018Asia-focused: Effective Employment Engagement9:00 PM - 10:00 PM CDTA higher level of engagement with employees equals greater productivity in the workplace. Attend this workshop for a better understanding of employee engagement and its importance at a deeper level. Gain the skills and knowledge to manage employees and bring out the best in their teams. Finally, discover the communication and motivation methods that work best with employees.Andrew Chan, MBA is founder and CEO of ACI HR Solutions (ACI). He is responsible for the firm's operations and strategic direction.July 11, 2018Asia-focused: Effective Employment Engagement 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM HKTA higher level of engagement with employees equals greater productivity in the workplace. Attend this workshop for a better understanding of employee engagement and its importance at a deeper level. Gain the skills and knowledge to manage employees and bring out the best in their teams. Finally, discover the communication and motivation methods that work best with employees.Andrew Chan, MBA is founder and CEO of ACI HR Solutions (ACI). He is responsible for the firm's operations and strategic direction.July 18, 2018Introduction to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies10:00AM - 11:00 AM CDTAttend this session to learn the basics of Blockchain, and how distributed ledger technologies may be used to increase efficiency and solve business problems associated with data privacy, security and information sharing. Both technical and non-technical members will benefit from a simple overview of related terminology and network architecture. This presentation is intended for anyone who is interested in alleviating the overwhelming feelings created by a constant barrage of information on this topic -- so that you may participate confidently in future business application discussions with vendors, solution providers and other business stakeholders.Paul West has a 30-year history of versatile international and domestic experience in directing hardware, software, development, communications, client services, vendor management, project management and IT implementations for the hospitality industry.Learn More>

HFTP Accepting Nominations for 2018 Paragon Award

10 July 2018
HFTP is looking for Paragon Award nominees! Deadline is August 10, 2018. In 1999, HFTP established the annual, prestigious Paragon Award to recognize individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to both HFTP and the hospitality industry. Paragon Award nominees can be HFTP members; representatives of industry-related associations, societies, or trade publications; or leaders from hospitality businesses, educational institutions, and other related disciplines. A panel of industry experts selects the award winner who will be recognized at HFTP's Annual Convention & Tradeshow in October. The nomination and selection process begins in the summer of each year. For more information on the Paragon Award, contact Eliza Selig at +1 (512) 249-5333 or (800) 646-4387.Download the Nomination formVisit the Paragon Award website

New CHAE and CHTP Designees: June 2018

10 July 2018
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) and Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP). Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New DesigneesKaren Blinkhorn, CHAE * Controller * Marrietta Country Club * USABrett D. Connor, CHAE * Director of Finance & Business Support * Fairmont San Jose * USANishma Patel, CHAE * Director of Finance * Grizzly Hospitality * USAMatthew Schupbach, CHAE * Assistant CFO * Dimension * USAJoe Deffert, CHTP * Director of IT * Shulte Hospitality * USAShareef Fahmy, CHAE, CHTP * Assistant Director of Finance * USAHalle Johnson, CHTP * Sr. IT Technician * Jumby Bay Island * CARRIBBEANThomas Powell, CHTP * Principal * DataTrend * 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.

Announcing the HFTP 2018-2019 HFTP Global Board of Directors Slate

25 June 2018
This past May, the HFTP nominating committee -- comprising past HFTP Global past presidents, advisory council chairs and chapter presidents -- were tasked with selecting HFTP members who would replace the outgoing directors of the HFTP Global Board. After a long day of interviews, the nominating committee was able to narrow down their choices. Here is the official slate for the 2018-2019 HFTP Global Executive Committee and Board of Directors.Executive CommitteeHFTP Global President Scot Campbell, CHTP, CTO at North American Concerts, Live NationHFTP Global Vice President Michael Levie, CHTP, CEO at citizenMHFTP Global Treasurer Mark Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBA, assistant controller & IT director at Highpointe Hotel CorporationHFTP Global Secretary Neil Foster, CHTP, MBA, IT consultant at Tech-Tonic Hospitality SolutionsHFTP Global Immediate Past President Timothy Nauss, CHAE, CFO at Macao Studio CityNew HFTP Global DirectorsHFTP Global Director Jill Burnett, CHAE, CPA, controller at Medalist Golf ClubHFTP Global Director Toni Bau, director of finance at Portola Hotel and SpaHFTP Global Director Mark Fancourt, industry technologistHFTP Global Director Carson Booth, CHTP, CEO at SnapShot GmbHIn accordance with Article X, Section 3, of the bylaws, should the slate above remain uncontested, the HFTP Secretary will cast a single ballot at the HFTP Annual Business Meeting at Annual Convention in Louisville, Kentucky USA. The secretary will then declare the mentioned individuals as duly elected.

View Photos from HITEC Houston

20 June 2018
Photos from HFTP events are available on our Flickr page (username: hftphitec). More photos from HITEC Houston will be uploaded throughout the week. View Photos>

HITEC Houston Speaker Lineup

5 June 2018
Have you seen the speaker lineup for HITEC Houston? Gain first-hand knowledge from hospitality technology thought leaders. Check it out here. There is still time to register for HITEC Houston. Click here to register now. HITEC Houston will take place June 18-21, 2018 a the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas USA.In addition to HITEC Houston, HFTP has several other events upcoming in 2018. HFTP Annual Convention will October 24-26 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. HITEC Dubai will take place December 5-6 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE. 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 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.About HITECHospitality Industry Technology Exposition & 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. 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 expanded HITEC in 2017 with two additional events outside the annual North American event: one in Europe and the other in Dubai. For more information about HITEC, visit www.hitec.org. Follow HITEC on social media: Facebook (@HITECconference); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Find updates on the HFTP News page, and exhibitor news on the HITEC Bytes site. HITEC event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.###

New CHAE and CHTP Designees: May 2018

4 June 2018
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) and Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP). Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New DesigneesGary J. Schultz, CHAE * Senior Hospitality Accountant * McWhinney * USABrandon K. Schmidt, CHTP * Hospitality Technology Manager * Kessler Collection * 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.

Online Registration Open for HFTP Annual Convention 2018

4 June 2018
Online registration for HFTP's Annual Convention 2018 is now open. This year's Annual Convention will take place October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA.Event Website>Register Now>

Have You Registered for HITEC Houston?

1 June 2018
Have you registered for HITEC Houston yet? There is still time! Register online today and get access to stellar hospitality technology education, exhibits, events, parties and more! Learn More>Register Now>

New Program for HFTP Certification: Certification Advisory Program (CAP)

1 June 2018
HFTP has launched an exciting new program in 2018. The Certification Advisory Program (CAP) is designed for experienced designee advisors to support CHAE and CHTP applicants in achieving their HFTP certification. The program is looking for active HFTP member designee advisors. Learn how you can apply to be a CAP advisor: http://ow.ly/L4zE30hk0nwThe 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>

HFTP Webinar Schedule: June 2018

31 May 2018
Check out the upcoming HFTP webinars. ProLinks webinars are offered throughout the year at no cost to HFTP members. The nonmember registration fee is $50.00 USD. Attend these online courses from the comfort of your office and gain valuable knowledge while earning continuing education credits. Click here to visit the HFTP webinar web page. June 6, 2018ASU 2016 - Leases (Topic 842): Changes to Lease Accounting10:00 - 11:00 AM CDTThis webinar will review the changes made to lease accounting by ASU 2016-02, Leases. Explore the new rules for both lessees and lessors; the various types of leases; how to account for these leases; the impact on the balance sheet, income statement and cash flows statements; the implementation requirements; and more.Adian Kummet is manager of Assurance Services. Adian has practiced public accounting for more than six years and provides financial and compliance audit and consultation services to a variety of public and private sector entities.Specialty Reporting Area: FinanceJune 7, 2018European Focused: Accommodate the Future: How AI can Maximize Your Direct Bookings17:00 - 18:00 CEST | 16:00 - 17:00 BST | 10:00 AM - 11:00 CDTArtificial intelligence (AI) continues to grow as the most exciting development in travel technology today, and hoteliers need to understand how to adapt to the latest advancements faster than ever.In this eye-opening webinar, join industry specialist Frank Reeves as he reveals what AI really means for you and your guest experience - and how you can incorporate AI into your strategy to ultimately transform your business.Frank Reeves is cofounder and CEO of hotel technology company Avvio, developing cutting-edge technologies that enable outstanding growth in hotel direct bookings while reducing dependence on online travel agent channels.Specialty Reporting Area: TechnologyJune 12, 2018Reduce Utility Costs at Your Hotels10:00 - 11:00 AM CDTThis webinar will cover a wide range of hot topics such as ongoing monitoring and analytics, energy procurement, local benchmarking compliance and onsite efficiency projects. Explore new technologies and best practices to reduce utility costs at your hotels. Find out what is new in the industry and review case studies, including a hotel that cut its utility costs by almost 50 percent.Zack Moore is SVP, customer solutions and co-founder of SOL VISTA. He oversees technical and engineering efforts and drives the company's innovative methods to improve customer ROI.Specialty Reporting Area: Technology

FLO RIDA to Perform at HITEC Opening Party, Presented by Samsung

23 May 2018
You're invited! Multi-platinum artist Flo Rida will kick off HFTP's largest event of 2018: HITEC Houston (taking place June 18-21 in Houston, Texas). With 29 Billboard Hot 100 hits, 2+ billion YouTube views and 80+ million downloads, Flo Rida is a party playlist icon and one of the most powerful pop voices in the game. Don't miss out on the HITEC Opening Party, presented by Samsung, next month at the House of Blues, Houston. Learn more: http://bit.ly/HITECtxPARTYAbout 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.About HITECHospitality Industry Technology Exposition & 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. 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 was the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world -took place outside of the United States. For more information about HITEC, visit www.hitec.org.Follow HITEC on social media: Facebook (@HITECconference); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Find updates on the HFTP News page, and exhibitor news on the HITEC Bytes site. HITEC event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.###

HFTP is Your Source For Industry Research

23 May 2018
HFTP's resources can help you stay current on hospitality finance and technology trends including GDPR, data security, revenue and more. Join today and save $100 USD off the $375 USD annual membership. Learn more: https://hftp.realmagnet.land/joinhftp2018 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.

Tips for First Time HITEC Attendees: Make the Most of Your Experience

15 May 2018
Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), the largest event produced by HFTP, can be overwhelming to first-timers. HITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand, offering a busy and exciting program for attendees. For those attending HITEC Houston next month, here are some quick tips for a successful trip.1. Register Online EarlyThe earlier you register, the better prepared you can be. Cheaper flight, better choice of accommodations, better networking, etc. A badge is required for access to the exhibit hall, educational sessions and the HITEC Opening Party. HFTP, hospitality association and producers of HITEC, offers a New Member Conference Bundle to save on registration.2. Book Your Hotel EarlyHave the best choice of rooms, at the best rate, by booking your hotel through the HITEC Housing Bureau; Orchid Event Solutions is the only official housing service for HITEC Houston. Booking through HITEC's official housing provider ensures you will be working with a reputable and secure company, and that you will benefit from all services provided to conference attendees at the official hotels. Please report unauthorized providers to Orchid Event Solutions. Hotel reservation deadline is May 18, 2018.3. Use Your ToolsThe HITEC website, monthly email newsletters, mobile app and social networking options (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram) offer valuable connections and information that can help you get the most of your time.4. Make a ScheduleYou don't have to stick with it, but having someplace to start will make all the difference. Plus, in the process of making your schedule, you may discover things you would not have come across otherwise. Download the HFTP Events 2018 mobile app from the iTunes Store or Google Play to build a personal schedule; with so many events taking place simultaneously it never hurts to have a plan B or C.5. Find a HITEC FriendSeek out fellow attendees/speakers who have some experience with the event to give you advice, guide you and even show you around. You will come away with a new connection. See if you know anyone attending in the mobile app, or use the conference hashtag #HITECtx to see what people are talking about the upcoming event.6. Study the MapsThe convention center is a very large venue. Closer to the event HFTP will publish detailed maps of the location of all programming within the convention center and surrounding venues. You will also find maps in the HFTP Events 2018 mobile app.7. Pack for Every OccasionHITEC is more than just a conference. You will be attending sessions, meeting potential clients, attending demos, networking at events, hopping from one session to the next and more. If you have ever been to Texas, you know the weather can be unpredictable -- be sure and check weather listings before you leave.8. Check Your FlightThe skies over Houston will get very full during the month of HITEC. Book your flight early and be prepared as delays are not unheard of. Check out the Hotel & Travel page for more information and discount codes.9. Driving to HITECIf you are planning to drive in the Houston area during HITEC, you may want to consider alternative forms of transportation. The Hotel & Travel page on the HITEC Houston website has more information on alternate modes of transportation. Find details on parking and directions to the convention center.10. Bring your Tablets & SmartphonesWhen digital materials become available take a moment to look through them -- these will be your lifeline. These materials will have a list of all the programming times and locations along with a detailed map of the convention centre.11. HITEC Help DeskYou have made a schedule, lined up meetings, read the materials, but you STILL have questions and want to talk to a smiling face. Visit the HITEC Help Desk, located near the registration area, when you are onsite. Get your general questions answered throughout the enitre convention at this location.Have other questions? Email HFTP.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.About HITECHospitality Industry Technology Exposition & 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. 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 was the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world -took place outside of the United States. For more information about HITEC, visit www.hitec.org.Follow HITEC on social media: Facebook (@HITECconference); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Find updates on the HFTP News page, and exhibitor news on the HITEC Bytes site. HITEC event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

Download the HFTP Events 2018 Mobile App for Upcoming Conferences, Including HITEC Houston

15 May 2018
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)), producers of Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC(r)), recently launched a mobile event app that HITEC Houston attendees are encouraged to download prior to the conference next month. Available for download from the iTunes Store and Google Play by searching "HFTP Events," the app serves as a comprehensive guide for information on education sessions and exhibits while also providing social feeds and in-app correspondence capabilities for exhibitors and attendees.The HFTP event 2018 mobile app is home to all the information attendees and exhibitors will need for the upcoming HITEC Houston and Annual Convention events this year, with information coming available as the event nears. HITEC Houston will take place next month from June 18-21 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas USA. Annual Convention will take place from October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA.The HFTP events 2018 mobile app is a benefit for event attendees, serving as an interactive and informative tool. Users should create a profile and login to gain access to all app functionality. Once logged in, users will have the ability to create a customized educational schedule and link speaker biographies, session evaluations and more. Mobile app users will also be able to connect with other attendees using searchable directories, direct messaging and meeting booking functionalities. Robust searching gives users the capability to network a practical way to find and make direct contact for potential business opportunities.The HFTP event mobile app is a resource complete with all the information you will need to navigate the association's upcoming events in 2018. Event maps, floorplans, survey links, information sites, educational credits are only some of the resources available inside the app. Discover information about event speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, Entrepreneur 20X (E20X) and much more. Stay updated with HFTP through the app's activity feed feature, which streamlines all social channels into one space.For a full listing and 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 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.About HITECHospitality Industry Technology Exposition & 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. 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 was the first time the global association's largest HITEC event - featuring thousands of hospitality professionals from around the world -took place outside of the United States. For more information about HITEC, visit www.hitec.org.Follow HITEC on social media: Facebook (@HITECconference); LinkedIn; Twitter (@HFTP); Instagram (@HFTP_HITEC). Find updates on the HFTP News page, and exhibitor news on the HITEC Bytes site. HITEC event photos are available on Flickr, and HFTP event videos are available on YouTube.

HFTP Chapter Events: May 2018

14 May 2018
Check out the upcoming HFTP chapter event calendar for May. 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>

HFTP News: May 2018

8 May 2018
See what the association has been up to lately by checking out the HFTP News May 2018 newsletter. 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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