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  • HFTP Research Report: Pre-opening Expenditures in Hospitality

    A study of the pre-opening budget; the timeline for these expenditures; timeline for onboarding of staff; and the selection, installation and training of the technology component. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.

  • New Global Directors Join the 2018-2019 HFTP Board

    The HFTP 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors was installed during the association's 2018 Annual Convention and introduces new directors Toni Bau, Carson Booth, CHTP and Mark Fancourt. These extensive director profiles give insight into the distinguished professions and personal goals of HFTP's newest association leaders.

  • 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.

HFTP Global Past President Arlene Ramirez to Present at HFTP Los Cabos Chapter Meeting

6 February 2019
This month, the HFTP Los Cabos Chapter will have a special guest speaker: HFTP Global Past President Arlene Ramirez, CHAE, CHE, CHIA, MBA. Ramirez will be presenting an update on HFTP Global initiatives. She will cover what HFTP is doing around the world with HFTP, the future direction of HFTP and what value the association brings to members.All area members are invited to attend. Here are the details:Friday, February 15, 2019 | 7:30 p.m. Playa Grande ResortAv. Playa Grande no. 1 Col. CentroCabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico, 23450Meeting Room: AuditorioTo attend, send an RSVP.

Visit with HFTP Global at the 2019 CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo

4 February 2019
HFTP will be at the upcoming 2019 CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo on February 24-28, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee USA. The event offers a robust educational programming with sessions on hiring, marketing, food and beverage, finance, member relations and more.Come by HFTP's booth #826 at the Club Business Expo and visit with HFTP Global representatives to discuss your career needs or those of your staff and how HFTP membership can help.

2019 HFTP Annual Convention Call for Presentations; Deadline March 8, 2019

4 February 2019
HFTP is in the midst of preparations for its 2019 Annual Convention, planning for excellent, information-driven session presentations to offer convention attendees. An important part of the process is reaching out to industry experts to propose their ideas for important topics to present. If you are well-informed on a topic of interest and would like to share your expertise to industry professionals, submit your presentation to the HFTP Annual Convention Education Advisory Council planning the event.2019 HFTP Annual ConventionOctober 23-25Rosen Centre HotelOrlando, Florida USAThe cornerstone to HFTP's educational offerings, the Annual Convention is three days of education, networking and recognition of the association's stand-out members and accomplishments from the past year. Submit your best session idea for HFTP's upcoming program to help attendees reach their full potential and advance in their careers. Proposals should be industry-specific and designed for seasoned hospitality professionals.Submit Proposal (Submission deadline: March 8, 2019)

HFTP Members: Take Advantage of a UPS Discount for Your Shipping Needs

4 February 2019
HFTP and UPS took the guesswork out, and put the easy in. HFTP members now have access to new and improved flat rate pricing with UPS -- no matter how much you ship, when you ship, or where it's going.Members-Only Savings Include:10% on UPS Next Day Air(r) Early45% on Domestic Next Day / Deferred25% on Ground Commercial / ResidentialInternational: 50% on Export / 40% on Import / 25% Canada StandardSavings begin at 75%* on UPS Freight(r) shipments over 150 lbs.In addition, members can take advantage of UPS Smart Pickup(r) service for free.Open a new account, or if you are already taking advantage of the UPS savings program, re-enroll and apply the new discounts to your existing account by visiting: www.savewithups.com/hftp or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., ET.Visit www.savewithups.com/hftp for specific services and discounts.

Deadline Extended to January 15 - HFTP Initiates Young Professionals Mentorship Program

7 January 2019
As a longtime HFTP member, would you like to share your knowledge with the next generation of HFTP Young Professionals?-OR-As a HFTP Young Professional, are you interested in learning how to navigate the hospitality industry from a fellow HFTP member who wants you to succeed?Consider participating in HFTP's new Young Professionals Mentorship Program.This professional development program will match you to a mentor or mentee according to your career experience and interests. The formal program will last from February to June and could lead to a priceless connection that benefits you today and in the future.The mentorship program will encourage you to meet with your mentor/mentee and give you guided discussion topics based on mutual goals you have defined. If you are interested, please fill out your application to become a mentor or mentee by January 15, 2019. After January 15, 2019, a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Council will reach out to you about your matching status.Mentor ApplicationMentee Application

2019 HFTP Club Summit: An Advanced-level Educational and Networking Experience

4 January 2019
March 11-12, 2019 / Doubletree by Hilton Nashville Downtown / Nashville, Tennessee USATake the opportunity to draw from a room of highly-experienced club professionals and expert presenters to help you professionally excel. In its second year, the HFTP Club Summit is returning after it was a hit with attendees in its debut year. Sarah Ford, a 2018 Club Summit attendee, wrote in detail about all she learned that year in a blog, "Escaping the Nor'easter for the Inaugural HFTP Club Summit in New Orleans." In a comment about the final Open Forum session of the event, she wrote, "Club controllers and CFOs from all over the country were asking questions, sharing knowledge and collaborating with one another in a lively fashion. With all of the experience in that room, it could have gone on for days."This year, the program maintains its two-day, interactive, thought-provoking format with critical topics for club financial professionals. The sessions scheduled are as follows, with full session descriptions and speaker listings available on the website.Employee Engagement 101Strategic Key Performance IndicatorsOne Year Later: How the #MeToo Movement Has Affected Your Workplace and How to Respond and Remain Out of the HeadlinesViews From the AuditorPros and Cons of Software Reengineering -- How to Actually Reengineer Your Club Management SoftwarePurpose-driven Governance -- How Boards Influence Club SuccessCapital Planning for ClubsClub Open ForumIn addition to the educational component, there will be networking breaks with table top exhibits from reputable club vendors and a networking reception on the first night.Early registration rates are available through February 11, 2019: HFTP Member: $450 USDNonmember: $600 USD

Great Educational and Networking Opportunity at the HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference: February 14-16, 2019

20 December 2018
HFTP Mid-south Atlantic Regional Conference / February 14-16, 2019Bring a guest and join HFTP for the 13th Annual Mid-south Atlantic Regional Conference (MSARC) located at The Williamsburg Lodge in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia USA. A joint effort by the HFTP Chapters in North and South Carolina and Virginia, the Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference is held in an effort to bring together all the HFTP professionals in the region for continuing professional education with time for socializing and getting to know each other better. The MSARC is a hit with attendees because of the affordable cost and intimate nature of the conference. The MSARC committees have done an excellent job through the years of providing excellent value for the investment. The event has become large enough to provide excellent educational opportunities, but still remains small enough to avoid the larger convention hotels. Attend to find out for yourself how walking into a room where "everybody knows your name" is so much better than being just another face in the crowd.Get a first-hand account of the event by reading a dispatch from the 2017 MSARC written by HFTP Global Treasurer Marke Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBA.View the event schedule here.Hotel Information:The Williamsburg Lodge310 South England St.Williamsburg, VA 23185Registration:Early Bird Member Rate (Before January 1, 2019) = $200.00 USDEarly Bird Non-Member Rate (Before January 1, 2019) = $225.00 USDMember Rate (Prior to February 1, 2019): $225Non-Member Rate (Prior to February 1, 2019): $250Student Rate = $100.00 USDRegister Now>Friday Reception Dinner: Attendees are welcome to bring guests. Reception dinner price for guests is $125 USD per person. Guests are invited to attend the conference as well. Full Conference fee applies for guests.

HFTP Adds Three New Student Chapters at Seneca College, Niagara College and Johnson & Wales University

10 December 2018
The HFTP network has just expanded with two new Canadian-based student chapters at Seneca and Niagara Colleges, and one U.S.-based student chapter at Johnson & Wales University. The new chapters add 109 HFTP members. HFTP has seen a significant growth in its student membership count this year, resulting in five new student chapters in the 2018 calendar year. The other new chapters that have joined HFTP this year are at New York University and Kansas State University.The three newest student chapters include:HFTP Seneca CollegeChartered: November 27, 2018Faculty Advisor: Prof. Angelina MalikChapter President: Morniysha AnnestineThe chapter has 64 members. (62 student members, 2 faculty)HFTP Johnson & Wales UniversityFaculty Advisor: Prof. Robert WahlChapter President: Joseph SpinelliThe chapter has 14 members (12 students, 2 faculty)HFTP Niagara College (Canada)Chartered: December 6, 2018Faculty Advisor: Prof. Paul WillieChapter President: Anna CherdakovaThe chapter has 31 members (29 students, 2 faculty)Anna Cherdakova, the HFTP Niagara College president, said about the new chapter, "Many thanks to our faculty advisors at Niagara College and members of HFTP, without whom this would not have been possible."

Calling Industry Experts -- 2019 HFTP Speaking Opportunities

4 December 2018
HFTP is already in the midst of preparations for its 2019 educational conferences, planning for excellent, information-driven session presentations to offer its event attendees. An important part of the process is reaching out to industry experts to propose their ideas for important topics to present. If you are well-informed on a topic of interest and would like to share your expertise to industry professionals, submit your presentation to the HFTP advisory councils planning the events.2019 HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference June 18-19 Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis, Minnesota USAAt this conference, hospitality controllers and industry experts gather for two full days of hospitality specific education, designed to help them focus on current and emerging issues, best practices and complex challenges. Submit your best session idea for HFTP's upcoming program to help attendees reach their full potential and advance in their careers. Proposals should be industry-specific and designed for seasoned hospitality professionals.Submit Proposal (Submission deadline: January 25, 2019)2019 HFTP Annual Convention October 23-25 Rosen Centre Hotel Orlando, Florida USAThe cornerstone to HFTP's educational offerings, the Annual Convention is three days of education, networking and recognition of the association's stand-out members and accomplishments from the past year. Submit your best session idea for HFTP's upcoming program to help attendees reach their full potential and advance in their careers. Proposals should be industry-specific and designed for seasoned hospitality professionals.Submit Proposal (Submission deadline: March 8, 2019)

A Year in Review -- HFTP 2018 Annual Business Meeting Minutes

3 December 2018
Recently HFTP held its Annual Business Meeting at the 2018 HFTP Annual Convention at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. The meeting was led by 2017-2018 HFTP Global President Timothy Nauss, CHAE on Friday, October 26. The following are the minutes from that meeting, detailing the association's achievements of the past year, and what the association is planning for the coming year. 2018 HFTP Annual Business Meeting MinutesOmni Louisville Hotel - President Timothy G. Nauss, CHAE welcomed the members in attendance and called the Annual Business Meeting to order on October 26, 2018 at 9:16 a.m. Eastern Time.President Timothy Nauss, CHAE introduced the 2017-2018 Executive Committee and Board of Directors. President Timothy G. Nauss, CHAE, recognized the directors who completed their terms in 2018 and thanked them for their service. Outgoing plaques were presented to: Director Cindy Estis Green, Director Sherry Marek, Director Kaeko Shirasu-Bailey and Executive Advisor Jill Burnett, CHAE, CPA.HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE, gave tribute to Immediate Past President Lyle Worthington, CHTP. Wolfe highlighted that during Worthington's term as Global President, he was a disrupter and was instrumental in lending his expertise to assist HFTP in developing the Entrepreneur20X competition. Wolfe noted that under Worthington's leadership, HFTP expanded the HITEC brand internationally. Wolfe also noted that Worthington was instrumental in setting the stage for young professionals to get involved in HFTP. Wolfe presented Worthington with a plaque honoring his service and dedication to HFTP.HFTP Global Secretary, Mark Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBA, announced the minutes for the 2017 Annual Business Meeting held in Orlando, Florida, USA. Pate referred members to the 2017 Annual Convention Meeting Minutes that were posted on HFTP News and called a motion to approve. A motion was made, seconded and carried to approve the 2017 Annual Business Meeting minutes as presented.Treasurer's Report:Treasurer Michael Levie, CHTP, delivered the Treasurer's Report for the fiscal year that ends October 31, 2018. Levie informed the members to the anticipated operational revenue for the fiscal year ending October 31, 2018, will be approximately $8.44 million and operational expenses of approximately $8.81 million. Levie, commented on predicted realized gain of $140,000 and unrealized loss on investments of $10,000 resulting in a Net Expense of approximately $240, 000 for the year.Levie informed members that the HFTP Global Board of Directors approved the 2018-2019 operational revenues of approximately $8.97 million and operational expenses of approximately $9.25 million, for a net expense of approximately $280,000. Levie also informed the members that it has become necessary for HFTP to increase its annual membership dues to $415. Levie noted that this has been the first increase since 2013.Strategic Plan:Vice President Scot Campbell, CHTP, mentioned some of HFTP's initiatives for 2019 including that HFTP will maintain the premier conferences next year, including HITEC Europe in Mallorca, HITEC North America in Minneapolis and HITEC Dubai; the CIO/CFO Events with HITEC Europe, two Entrepreneur20x competitions; the Annual Convention; the Club Summit; Club & Hotel Controllers Conference; the Club Forum; and the Hotel Financial Executive Exchange. Campbell noted that in addition, the Chapter Leadership Summit will return to the schedule as a bi-annual event. Campbell highlighted that HFTP's online education will continue with a strong line-up of ProLinks webinars with monthly offerings.Campbell also informed members that HFTP Global will continue to provide important, custom content and research reports through its news sites: HFTP News, HITEC Bytes, Club Bytes, Finance Bytes, F&B Bytes and GDPR Bytes; as well as regularly published insight on the HFTP Connect blog.President's Report:President Timothy Nauss, CHAE started his report thanking his fellow HFTP Global Executive Committee members for their guidance, dedication and efforts. He also thanked HFTP members, the 2017-2018 Global Board of Directors, and HFTP CEO Wolfe and his staff for their support during his term as HFTP President.Nauss spoke about his trajectory during his term and highlighted some accomplishments, including: HFTP's commitment to cybersecurity research and its swift, prolific response to GDPR enacted in May. Nauss mentioned the vigorous commitment to scholarships for students in hospitality. Another achievement was the proactive campaign to engage young hospitality professionals at major events like HITEC and Annual Convention through specially-designed council work.Chief Executive Officer Report:HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE thanked the Annual Convention attendees and took a moment to recognize the HFTP Global staff for their hard work and dedication. Wolfe gave his report on the success of the association over the past year, and recognized and thanked Nauss for his services to HFTP.Wolfe announced the achievement that HFTP purchased the intellectual rights for the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI). Wolfe announced the redesign of PineappleSearch.com and highlighted the following: the results of the Forrester Report, the USFRC publication, the IHG Partnership, the HFTP Chapter funds increase and the certification programs. Wolfe discussed future reports, research, advisory councils and various task forces.Wolfe concluded his report by thanking HFTP members and recognized the hard work of the 2017-2018 HFTP Global Board of Directors.Nominating Committee Report:Immediate Past President Lyle Worthington, CHTP discussed the Nominating Committee process. Worthington noted that the Nominating Committee met May 2018 in Dallas, Texas, USA. Worthington encouraged members to apply.Worthington called upon Secretary Mark Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBA to elect the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.In accordance with Article X, Section 3, of the HFTP bylaws, Pate cast the single ballot for the 2018-2019 slate of directors, and declared the individuals mentioned below as duly elected. The uncontested slate of Board of Directors includes:Toni BauCarson Booth, CHTPJill Burnett, CHAE, CPAMark FancourtIn accordance with Article X, Section 3, of the HFTP bylaws, Pate cast the single ballot for the 2018-2019 slate of officers, and declared the following individuals as duly elected to the HFTP Executive Committee:President Scot Campbell, CHTPVice President Michael Levie, CHTP Treasurer Mark Pate Sr., CHAE, CHTP, MBASecretary Neil Foster, CHTP, MBAImmediate Past President Timothy G. Nauss, CHAEExecutive Advisor, Stephanie Anderson, CHAE, CPA, CGMAPate informed the members that the Executive Committee would be installed later that night at the HFTP Annual Tribute to Success.Adjourn:There being no further business, a motion was made, seconded, and carried to adjourn the meeting at 9:50 a.m.

HFTP Initiates Young Professionals Mentorship Program

30 November 2018
As a longtime HFTP member, would you like to share your knowledge with the next generation of HFTP Young Professionals?-OR-As a HFTP Young Professional, are you interested in learning how to navigate the hospitality industry from a fellow HFTP member who wants you to succeed?Consider participating in HFTP's new Young Professionals Mentorship Program.This professional development program will match you to a mentor or mentee according to your career experience and interests. The formal program will last from February to June and could lead to a priceless connection that benefits you today and in the future.The mentorship program will encourage you to meet with your mentor/mentee and give you guided discussion topics based on mutual goals you have defined. If you are interested, please fill out your application to become a mentor or mentee by January 1, 2019. After January 1, 2019, a member of the Young Professionals Advisory Council will reach out to you about your matching status.Mentor ApplicationMentee Application

New CHAE and CHTP Designees: October 2018

27 November 2018
The following individuals recently passed their respective exams for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP). Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New DesigneesKrysta Erovick, CPA, CHAE / vice president of finance / Discover Lodging Management / USAMatthew Rosado, CHAE / director of finance / Doubletree Minneapolois Park Place / Greenwood Hospitality / USAKristin Gassick, CHTP / Corporate Director of IT / Enchantment Group - Resorts & Spas / USAGabriel Longoria, CHTP / IT Manager / Hotel Emma / 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>Certification Advisory Program (CAP)The program is designed to assist CHAE and CHTP certification applicants in achieving their HFTP certification designation. CAP 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).

Upcoming December Chapter Events

21 November 2018
Take a look at 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 Representatives Attend the HCAA 27th Anniversary Dinner in Hong Kong

14 November 2018
Last week on November 6, HFTP representatives visited with members of the allied Hotel Controllers and Accountants Association of Hong Kong (HCAA AGM). The occasion was for the group's 27th anniversary dinner held at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Hong Kong. In attendance from HFTP were Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP CEO; Timothy Nauss, CHAE, HFTP Global Immediate Past President and Evita Ma, director at the HFTP Asia Research Center. Also in attendance were members of the HFTP Hong Kong Poly-U Student Chapter.See the photos in the gallery from the event.

Deadline Extended to Dec 1: Why Join HFTP Video Contest

8 November 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. Video entries will be accepted through December 1, 2018.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 December 1, 2018. All online entries must be received by December 1, 2018 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. 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.

Upcoming HFTP Chapter Events: November

2 November 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 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 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

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.

Asia-focused Webinar: GDPR Compliance -- Better Late Than Never

27 September 2018
OCTOBER 9, 9:00 AM -10:00 AM HKT OCTOBER 8, 8:00 PM -9:00 PM CSTAn upcoming HFTP ProLinks webinar has been scheduled, with a focus on the Asian hospitality market. Although GDPR went into effect earlier this year in May, the sky has not fallen on hotels that are not yet in compliance. There is still time to develop a strong plan to comply with GDPR. Let's get started.In this session, understand how GDPR applies to you and your company; explore the most important aspects relating to GDPR; and develop a business plan for GDPR compliance.Richard Sheinis, Esq., CIPP-US is a partner at the law firm of Hall Booth Smith, P.C.Specialty Reporting Area: General

HFTP Germany Meeting Cancellation Notice

25 September 2018
The HFTP Germany interest meeting scheduled for Thursday 27 September 2018 at the Holiday Inn Express Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany has been cancelled. More information will follow on future HFTP Europe meetings. Thank you for your interest and HFTP looks forward to seeing you at a future meeting. If you have any questions, please contact Carl Weldon, HFTP COO Europe.Save the date for HITEC Europe taking place 9-11 April, 2019 at the Palau de Congressos in Palma, Mallorca, Spain.#HITECeur

Certification Reception at HFTP Annual Convention 2018

19 September 2018
For certification holders who plan to attend HFTP Annual Convention 2018, you are invited to join other Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP(r)) and Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)) designees at the 2018 Annual Convention Certification Reception on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. in the Olmsted Prefunction inside the Omni Louisville Hotel. Come mingle and get to know your fellow designees while enjoying cocktails and appetizers. If you would like to attend this exclusive reception, please RSVP by phone or e-mail to reserve your place by October 12, 2018.RSVP by e-mail: certification@hftp.org RSVP by phone: +1-512-220-4021 or toll free: +1-800-646-4387 (USA)A gift will be given to those who attend on a first come, first served basis. HFTP Annual Convention is taking place October 24-26, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. If you have not yet registered for the HFTP Annual Convention, be sure to register today for the best rate. Early registration is ending soon on September 26, so click here to register today for the best rate. For those visiting out of state, book your hotel room before September 29, 2018 and visit the Annual Convention hotel and travel webpage for travel deals. Helpful Links:Annual Convention Website>Annual Convention RegistrationHFTP Certifications Webpage>

Asia-focused Webinar POSTPONED Due to Typhoon Mangkhut

18 September 2018
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. Video entries will be accepted starting on September 6, 2018 and ending December 1, 2018. All online entries must be received by October 15, 2018 at 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.

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