30 January 2018
HFTP shows support of the Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association by attending HEDNA 2018: http://bit.ly/2rVhC7z
26 January 2018
HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe was in attendance at the latest HFTP Dubai Chapter meeting in Dubai, UAE. The HFTP Dubai Chapter is dedicated to enriching the hospitality industry in UAE and the surrounding area. Visitors and non-members are always welcome.HFTP has more than 80 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.Learn More>Find an HFTP Chapter>
25 January 2018
HITEC Houston is named as one of the top 10 hotel and technology conferences to attend in the United States in 2018. Read more>HITEC Website>Photo Gallery>
25 January 2018
Submit your topic ideas for HFTP's upcoming webinars to help attendees reach their full potential and advance their careers. Topics may include best practices, healthcare reform, legal and government relations, operation solutions, ethics, technology, human resources, risk management, fraud, personal development and more.Webinar presentations are 60 minutes in length. HFTP uses Abila Freestone to produce the webinars. A PowerPoint presentation is required for all webinars and presentations will be available to attendees to download during the webinar.Notification of Acceptance:The HFTP Education Advisory Council will review webinar submissions on a quarterly basis. You will be notified only if your submission is accepted for a webinar. Submissions will be retained on file for one year.Learn More>
25 January 2018
HFTP upcoming webinars for February 2018. February 7, 2018Reefer Madness: Legalized Marijuana and the WorkplaceIn U.S. states that have legalized marijuana use, companies must now navigate a changing landscape where drug testing and personal conduct policies are concerned. It is important for employers to know their rights, especially regarding employees' use of marijuana in and out of the workplace. In this session, explore state medical marijuana statutes and how they stack up to federal law. Discuss whether employers must accommodate medical marijuana use under ADA, FMLA, or state and local laws -- and gain a better understanding of the impact this could have on drug-free workplace policies and employer drug testing.Presented by: Greg Hearing, shareholder at TSG&H LawFebruary 20, 2018Practical EthicsCPA's and internal auditors are faced with complex decisions on a daily basis without realizing many of them are actually ethical dilemmas. Although values and ethical issues pervade all social studies, this webinar provides attendees with an opportunity to study these issues in greater depth. This webinar will provide attendees with a basic understanding of their ethical obligations as auditors, as well as a framework for analyzing and managing complex ethical dilemmas that may arise in practice.Presented by: Danny Goldberg, founder at GOLDSRDInterested in presenting a webinar? Contact Nick Cukjati, Online Education Coordinator, for more information. Click here to visit the HFTP webinar web page.
24 January 2018
HFTP had the opportunity to exhibit this week at the HTNG Middle East Conference, where HFTP served as a Sapphire sponsor. HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe spoke about the association's current endevors and presented a video about HFTP. The HTNG Middle East Conference took place at the Jumeirah Mina A'Salam from January 23-24, 2018 in Dubai, UAE.
23 January 2018
HFTP CEO Frank I. Wolfe met with Visit Dubai to discuss the association's upcoming HITEC Dubai 2018.HITEC website>About Dubai Tourism>
22 January 2018
HFTP is expanding its offices in The Middle East, and will now occupy a space at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates. Established in 1952, HFTP is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, The Netherlands and Dubai.
19 January 2018
The Young Professionals Advisory Council seeks to encourage young professionals to get involved in HFTP and help foster industry involvement into the future. The Young Professionals Council focuses on encouraging membership and relationships among professionals under 30. The purpose of the Young Professionals Advisory Council is to make recommendations for education topics and contents that are specific to young professionals in the hospitality industry in the areas of finance and technology, as well as grow Young Professional membership and involvement in HFTP Events.For more information about volunteering for HFTP's councils and committees, visit: https://www.hftp.org/hospitality_organization_governance/get_involved/committee/To apply for the Young Professionals Advisory Council, complete this form: http://hftp.wufoo.com/forms/rvwloqe0a9s0zt/
18 January 2018
You have earned the prestigious CHAE and/or CHTP designation reflecting your commitment to professionalism. The 2016-2017 CHAE/CHTP maintenance reporting & renewal cycle is due to the HFTP Global office or post marked by January 31, 2018, in order to avoid any late fees.You may email your completed educational maintenance reporting forms for convenience if you like.For convenience, you may pay the renewal fee online with a credit card at: HFTP.org > Certification > My Certification.If you have any questions regarding your reporting cycle, please contact Robin Bogdon, Certification Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 January 2018
HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe moderated IH&RA's strategic planning meeting on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid, Spain. The meeting was sponsored by HFTP's hospitality search engine, PineappleSearch.com.
12 January 2018
HFTP would like to thank those who took the time to complete the Forrester survey that was recently administered. The results will help HFTP better shape the future of our hospitality industry. The survey was able to raise $2,250.00 USD for the HFTP Scholarship Fund.HFTP offered the first 500 survey participants a $10.00 USD gift card for their contribution. In lieu of receiving the gift card, participants could choose to donate the money to the HFTP Scholarship Fund. The survey is now closed, and 225 of the respondents opted to donate the gift.Because HFTP is dedicated to supporting the future of hospitality education, HFTP and its members are proud contributors to hospitality continuing education programs around the world. Thank you again to those who participated and donated. More Information>
12 January 2018
HFTP has over 80 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, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events.*Click here to view the full HFTP chapter events listing. January 16, 2018HFTP Milwaukee Chapter (USA)What: Focus on Success presentation and happy hourWhen: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.Where: Milwaukee Yacht ClubRSVP: email@example.comHFTP Northern California Chapter (USA)What: After Hours SocialWhen: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.Where: Hotel NikkoRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgHFTP Jamaica Chapter (CARRIBEAN)What: Executive MeetingWhen: 5:30-6:30 p.m.Where: Sandals Resorts InternationalRSVP: email@example.comJanuary 17, 2018HFTP Valley of the Sun Chapter (USA)What: Hospitality DesignationsWhen: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale ResortRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgJanuary 18, 2018HFTP Monterey Chapter (USA)What: California Legislative UpdateWhen: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.Where: InterContinental (The Clement)RSVP: email@example.comHFTP Central Virginia Chapter (USA)What: Accounting & Tax UpdateWhen: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.Where: The Jefferson HotelRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgHFTP Long Island Chapter (USA)What: Wage & Hour IssuesWhen: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.Where: Piping Rock ClubRSVP: email@example.comJanuary 19, 2018HFTP Charlotte-Blue Ridge Chapter (USA)What: Holiday Social and Toy DriveWhen: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Where: Country Club of AshevilleRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgJanuary 23, 2018HFTP New York City Chapter (USA)What: Risk Management: Uncovering Hidden Risks to Protect your Balance SheetWhen: 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.Where: The Benjamin HotelRSVP: email@example.comHFTP Gulf Coast Chapter (USA)What: Strategies for the OverwhelmedWhen: 11:30 - 2:00 p.m.Where: Stonebridge Country ClubRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgHFTP New Mexico Chapter (USA)What: HFTP Dinner MeetingWhen: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.Where: Sheraton UptownRSVP: email@example.comHFTP Florida Manasota Chapter (USA)What: How to Improve Communications and Collaboration using Office 365When: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.Where: Laurel Oak Country ClubRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgHFTP Jamaica Chapter (CARRIBEAN)What: Members MeetingWhen: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.Where: Sandals Royal CaribbeanRSVP:email@example.comJanuary 24, 2018HFTP New England Club Chapter (USA)What: Traps for the Unwary in 2018 - An Overview of Potential Pitfalls with EmployeesWhen: 11:30-2:00 p.m.Where: Wellesley Country ClubRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgJanuary 25, 2018HFTP Houston Chapter (USA)What: Generational DifferencesWhen: 6:00-8:30 p.m.Where: The Club at Carlton WoodsRSVP: email@example.comJanuary 26, 2018HFTP Central Carolina Chapter (USA)What: Understanding the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)When: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Where: Prestonwood Country ClubRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgQuestions? Victoria Schaefer email@example.com +1 (512) 220-4161Barbara Semerarobarbara.firstname.lastname@example.org+1 (512) 220-4037
11 January 2018
Join HFTP and a global network of hospitality technology professionals at HITEC Amsterdam taking place from April 11-13, 2018 at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. HFTP is currently accepting registration forms from hospitality press members interested in covering HITEC Amsterdam; the press registration deadline is February 26, 2018. Email completed registration forms to HFTP Public Relations Manager Jessica Blankenship at email@example.com. REGISTER NOW>Press Amenities:Full conference complimentary registrationOpening party ticketAccess to Entrepreneur 20X (E20X)Entrance to the exhibit hall and education sessionsAccess to exhibitor press conferences and media kitsPress room, quiet workplace open all four days of the showStaff liaisons to assist communications between press and exhibitorHITEC e-News daily highlights sent to your inbox each morning of the conferencePress Qualifications:HITEC offers a complimentary registration to qualified members of industry press. To qualify, an applicant must cover the industry on a regular basis by writing regular reports or publishing articles on the hospitality and technology industries.Approved press titles include: Associate Editor; Business Editor; Editor-in-Chief; Executive Editor; Features Editor; Staff Writer.Unapproved titles include: Account Executive; Assistant Production titles; Associate Publisher; Marketing/PR titles; Publisher; Sales titles.Guest Bloggers:HFTP is also seeking guest bloggers for HITEC Amsterdam. Guest bloggers receive press benefits. If interested, submit writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. HITEC Fast Facts:HFTP has produced HITEC since 1972; taking place in a different city across North America each yearIn 2017, HFTP launched HITEC Amsterdam and HITEC Dubai as regional counterparts to its larger HITEC North America HITEC is the world's largest hospitality technology exposition and conference brand HITEC brings together the brightest minds and hottest technology for an unparalleled expo, top-notch education program and networkingEntrepreneur 20X (E20X), an exciting pre-conference event, features hospitality startups presenting breakthrough business concepts to a room of expert judges and HITEC attendeesVisit the HITEC website to learn morePress website>
11 January 2018
Exemption added after researchers said efforts to demonstrate inadequate anonymisation could fall foul of law.The government is to amend the data protection bill to protect security researchers who work to uncover abuses of personal data, quelling fears that the bill could accidentally criminalise legitimate research.The move follows a Guardian report on the concerns, and has been welcomed by one of the researchers who raised the alarm. "I am very happy with the amendments," said Lukasz Olejnik, an independent cybersecurity and privacy researcher.The bill will contain a clause making it a criminal offence to "intentionally or recklessly re-identify individuals from anonymised or pseudonymised data", with the potential of an unlimited fine for offenders.Guardian Today: the headlines, the analysis, the debate - sent direct to you Read moreWhen it was first published in August, security researchers feared they could fall foul of the law if they carried out research demonstrating inadequate anonymisation on the part of others.Now the government has introduced an amendment to the bill providing an exemption for researchers carrying out "effectiveness testing". Researchers would have to notify the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) within three days of successfully deanonymising data, and demonstrate that they had acted in the public interest and without intention to cause damage or distress in re-identifying data.Read full article>
10 January 2018
View photos from HITEC Dubai 2017 on HFTP's Flickr page. Co-produced by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(r)) and Naseba, more than 600 hospitality technology professionals came together for the inaugural HITEC Dubai. The inaugural conference featured 600+ hospitality stakeholders, 40+ solution and service providers and 30+ industry expert speakers. HITEC Dubai took place from November 14-15, 2017 at the Conrad Dubai in Dubai, UAE. This regional counterpart to HFTP's 65-year old HITEC North American conference served as the premiere of HITEC in The Middle East.View photos>Press release>HITEC website>
9 January 2018
The following individuals passed the exam for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE(r)). Click here to learn more about HFTP's certification programs.New CHAE Designees:Jonathan Bradford, CHAE * Controller * The Wort Hotel * USAPhil Guido, CHAE * Controller * Bonita Bay Community Assoc. * USADr. Ersem Karadag, PhD, CHAE, CHTP, CHIA * Professor * Robert Morris University * 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>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).Learn More>Questions?For questions or more information on HFTP's certification programs, contact HFTP Certification Manager Robin Bogdon at email@example.com or +1 (512) 220-4021.
9 January 2018
Aly Rehan Khan, CEO of Ferrol Management Consultancy, will discuss VAT implementation in the hospitality industry during an HFTP webinar on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. GST. Register Now>Get your business on the path to successful "value added tax" (VAT) implementation. This session provides practical and compliance testing guidelines that observe the prescribed laws of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Examine the impact and explore the challenges of VAT implementation in the hospitality industry. Discover solutions that have been adopted by renowned hospitality businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.Webinar Schedule>
9 January 2018
Catherine Dahl, CEO and co-founder at Beanworks, will explain how clubs and hotels can better optimize their accounting process during an HFTP webinar on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. CST. Register Now>Get efficient, organized and even make revenue off of the complexities that make up the accounting department of a hotel or private club. Eliminate repetitive accounting tasks, and re-allocate valuable staff time to tasks that impact your bottom-line. Catherine Dahl, CPA, will show you how to whip your books into shape and start seeing ROI immediately.Webinar Schedule>
9 January 2018
What content do you want to see featured at CHCC 2018? Submit your best session idea for HFTP's upcoming program to help attendees reach their full potential and advance their careers. Topics may include best practices, healthcare reform, legal and government relations, operation solutions, ethics, technology, human resources, risk management, fraud, personal development and more. Submission Deadline: January 27, 2018. Submit Ideas>Presenters will receive a complimentary CHCC registration. Presenters will be responsible for their own travel and hotel expenses incurred by participating in the convention, unless requested in your submission.You will be notified with a decision concerning your proposal by April 30, 2018. Upon acceptance, HFTP reserves the right to modify the session title and description to fit our style and format guidelines for the purpose of the brochure, website and onsite guide.CHCC Website>
5 January 2018
As mentioned in a previous HFTP News post, HFTP is launching an inaugural Certification Advisory Program (CAP) designed to assist CHAE(r) and CHTP(r) applicants in achieving their HFTP certification designation. The new program will pair HFTP certification candidates with HFTP members who hold an ACTIVE designation (CHAE or CHTP). The advisors will help and support candidates via one-to-one interactions, as a supplemental review option for the certification exams.What is Involved in Being a CAP Advisor?Advisors must be an HFTP memberAdvisors must maintain an active HFTP designation (CHAE or CHTP) statusOne (1) year commitment, cannot serve consecutive yearsOne (1) candidate per six (6) month period (unless additional candidates are approved)Monthly commitment with a minimum of two (2) hours (via conference call, email and/or face-to-face)Approved advisors will earn CPE credits for their timeAdvisors will be provided tools and resources to assist in their training before being matched with a candidateHow Can I Apply to Be An Advisor?Applicants must submit a program applicationDuring the approval process, applicants will be notified after reviewIf you are interested in being considered for an advisor, please submit a CAP application today.If you have questions regarding the Certification Advisory Program, please email Robin Bogdon, HFTP Certification Manager.Certification Page>
4 January 2018
Get your business on the path to successful "value added tax" (VAT) implementation. Join HFTP and Ferrol Management Consultancy CEO Aly Rehan Khan online on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. GST for an implementation update webinar. Khan is an experienced speaker and trainer in VAT implementation across the GCC, with more than 60 VAT training sessions conducted during the past year. Register Today>This session provides practical and compliance testing guidelines that observe the prescribed laws of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Examine the impact and explore the challenges of VAT implementation in the hospitality industry. Discover solutions that have been adopted by renowned hospitality businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.If you missed any of the HFTP webinars and would like to re-watch any of them, members have access through the HFTP Webinar Archive. To register for an archived HFTP webinar, click on the webinar name and you will be taken to the HFTP e-web page to login to your HFTP account or create a new one. Once registered, you will receive a webinar confirmation email containing a link to your HFTP Classroom where the webinar can be accessed.Contact the HFTP Meetings and Event Department for more information: Nick Cukjati by email or phone +1 (512) 220-6445.
3 January 2018
FEEDBACK REQUESTED: please take a quick #survey to help HFTP better serve the hospitality industry. Deadline is this Friday, January 5. Take the survey: http://bit.ly/2BeroVE
3 January 2018
The 2018 HFTP Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference is being held February 15-17, 2018. The event is co-sponsored by the HFTP Charlotte-Blue Ridge, Central Carolina, Central Virginia and South Carolina chapters. The Mid-South Atlantic Regional Conference brings together hospitality finance and technology professionals in the region for professional continuing education with time for socializing and getting to know each other better.Hotel InformationThe Westin Poinsett Greenville120 South Main StreetGreenville, South Carolina USAMore InformationFor more information and registration, click here.For the full list of HFTP conferences and events, click here.
3 January 2018
HFTP is launching an inaugural Certification Advisory Program designed to assist CHAE and CHTP certification applicants in achieving their HFTP certification. 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. The Certification Advisory Program is looking for active HFTP member designee (CHAE or CHTP) advisors to kick off the program in 2018.To learn more about applying to be a CAP advisor and what is involved, visit the HFTP website.HFTP Certification> HFTP Career Development>
2 January 2018
HFTP has over 80 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, networking, involvement and leadership. Get involved with HFTP at the local level and beyond. Below are the upcoming HFTP chapter events.*Click here to view the full HFTP chapter events listing. January 5, 2018HFTP Minneapolis-St Paul Chapter (USA)What: Holiday PartyWhen: 6:30--9:30 p.m.Where: Oak Ridge Country ClubRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgHFTP Milwaukee Chapter (USA)What: Holiday PartyWhen: 5:00--10:00 p.m.Where: Oak Ridge Country ClubRSVP: email@example.comJanuary 10, 2018HFTP New England Hotel Chapter (USA)What: Asset Manager's PanelWhen: 6:00--9:00 p.m.Where: Fairmont Copley Plaza HotelRSVP: firstname.lastname@example.orgJanuary 13, 2018HFTP Cleveland/Akron Chapter (USA)What: Holiday GatheringWhen: 6:30--9:00 p.m.Where: Hyde ParkRSVP: email@example.comQuestions? Victoria Schaefer firstname.lastname@example.org +1 (512) 220-4161Barbara Semerarobarbara.email@example.com+1 (512) 220-4037
2 January 2018
January 11, 2018Optimizing the Accounting Process for Clubs and Hotels Get efficient, organized and even make revenue off of the complexities that make up the accounting department of a hotel or private club. Eliminate repetitive accounting tasks, and re-allocate valuable staff time to tasks that impact your bottom-line. Catherine Dahl, CPA, will show you how to whip your books into shape and start seeing ROI immediately.Presented by: Catherine Dahl, CEO and co-founder at BeanworksJanuary 25, 2018Best Practices for Engaging Members - Chapter CommunitiesLearn best practices, and tips and tools in using the Community@HFTP. Communities are designed to jumpstart your chapter's membership engagements, maximize your effectiveness regarding event promotions, and manage your general chapter related announcements.Presented by: Lila Elliott, senior education/client success manager at Higher LogicInterested in presenting a webinar? Contact Nick Cukjati, Online Education Coordinator, for more information. Click here to visit the HFTP webinar web page.