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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Primary Club Metrics

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

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

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

Rapid rise of cannabis related tourism helps fuel the market growth·16 February 2019
Tourism is one of the major economic drivers for many countries and many tourists travel aboard for vacations to see dazzling landscapes and bustling city-life and in turn, tourism drives revenue for many businesses such as food, retail, and hospitality, but now it is also helping bolster the cannabis industry.

Manmade Islands: A Modern Solution to Urban Overpopulation?·16 February 2019
For many of today’s cities long used to building upwards, building outwards is becoming a more viable option as manmade islands are floated as a solution to overcrowding and rising land prices.

Hospitality Leadership Solutions Series: The 'Organizational Spinal Cord·15 February 2019
Noted hospitality thought leaders and corporate governance/ performance management experts Kefgen and 'Dr Jim' share common management challenges while providing time-tested, field-tested or just simple 'quick-fix' ideas to keep professionals inspired, effective and successful.

Bangkok set for aggressive expansion of city's mass transit rail network·15 February 2019
Thailand’s leading mass transit condominium developer, Ananda Development taps into a rail network that will more than triple from 90 to 286 stations by 2030 for 466km of track - making it longer than the London Underground or New York Subway.

Hotel booking sites to make major changes after CMA probe·15 February 2019
The CMA has secured a victory for UK holidaymakers as some of the biggest online hotel booking sites make formal commitments to change their ways. Expedia,, Agoda,, ebookers and trivago have been the subject of CMA enforcement action due to serious concerns around issues like pressure selling, misleading discount claims, the effect that commission has on how hotels are ordered on sites, and hidden charges.

Why Asia is Home to the World's Most Dynamic Cities·15 February 2019
With their flair for innovation, growing tech scenes, rising levels of foreign investment and fast changing skylines, cities across Asia are renowned for being some of the most dynamic in the world.

The future of travel - ITB Berlin 2019·15 February 2019
Besides escalating overtourism conflicts and the impending climate catastrophe, changing transportation systems and the shift in customer demands will be the key topics at the ITB Berlin Convention from 6 to 9 March 2019.

Hotels should look ahead accurately basing on publicly available data·14 February 2019
In a recently published study, the researchers use publicly available data to improve predictions about hotel occupancy rates in different classes of Hong Kong hotels. Their method can be adopted by individual hotels that have insufficient resources to collect expensive data, or for employing consultants, to predict demand. The researchers maintain that this has important implications for the hotel sector, both in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

Hotel brands set their sights on Portugal, boutique hotels are preferred·14 February 2019
With Lisbon and Porto fast building a global reputation as top city break destinations, international hotel groups are flocking to these booming tourism markets.

APAC Travel Trends for Chinese New Year, Use These for 2020·14 February 2019
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is a holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year based on the traditional lunar calendar and akin to Christmas in the western world, over a quarter of the world’s population observes this holiday, especially in East Asia.

The Role of Next Gen Venue Technology in Profit Optimisation·13 February 2019
With a brand-new year stretched out ahead of us, the hospitality industry continues its forward momentum towards a more streamlined, personalised and more importantly — optimised — group business landscape for planners and hoteliers alike.

Challenges to sustainability in a growing industry· 9 February 2019
Sustainable travel was a hot topic in this year’s edition of FiturTech, the technology and innovation section of Fitur, the international tourism trade fair held in Madrid.

Tours & Activities (TTA) segment is spanning a bridge to Adventure Travel· 8 February 2019
The digital transformation is influencing global tourism and for years, Travel Technology and the eTravel World have been the fastest growing segments at ITB Berlin, which is taking place from 6 to 10 March 2019.

Valentines Day Campaign Tips· 8 February 2019
Emotional events such as Valentine’s Day are the perfect occasion for independent hoteliers to ramp up their marketing efforts with a themed campaign, geared at those looking to impress their other half.

Red Planet Japan expands portfolio with the acquisition of Thailand hotel portfolio· 7 February 2019
Red Planet Japan Inc announced that it will acquire the Thailand-based hotel operations from its parent company Red Planet Hotels Limited, the acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.

The Evolution Of Private Clubs· 7 February 2019
The desire to be with and around other people is an innate human characteristic and in evolutionary terms, humans quickly worked out that strength in numbers equalled survival, and this need to seek connections and to form bonds with others has remained within us over time, even as the threats to our existence have altered and diminished.

Promoting growth: Myanmar Hotelier Association on Improving Infrastructure to Boost Tourism· 5 February 2019
What are your expectations for the homestay and ecotourism segments, and how is this likely to impact the market for hotels and lodging houses?.

New state of the food travel industry report· 4 February 2019
The World Food Travel Association (WFTA) released its latest publication for the food and beverage tourism industry, an entirely revamped State of the Food Travel Industry Report, featuring original, ground-breaking research.

FWD acquires lease for historic hotel in 1881 Heritage Hong Kong· 3 February 2019
FWD Group announced it has leased the historic hotel located in 1881 Heritage, the former Marine Police Headquarters in Tsim Sha Tsui which has been transformed into a cultural and shopping destination.

Happy Lunar New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Pig· 1 February 2019
We are entering soon the Year of the Pig and we take this opportunity to wish our readers and their families a happy and prosperious new year!.

Trend-setters: Outbound tourism from China drives growth across Asia Pacific· 1 February 2019
Over the course of less than two decades, China has gone from being a minor player to being the world’s largest and most lucrative source of outbound tourists. In 2017 alone Chinese nationals made more than 131m trips outside of their national borders, spending approximately $300bn in the process.

Hyatt plans to open another 40 properties throughout West Coast United States by 2021·31 January 2019
Hyatt to expand its brand portfolio in California, Oregon and Washington by nearly 45 percent.

Why a Data Driven Marketing Culture Needs to be at the Top of Your List·31 January 2019
The Western Digital 'Growing Role of Object Storage in Solving Unstructured Data Challenges' study revealed that unstructured data is growing between 40-60% per year: Rich media – audio, video, images, and research data, all of which are non-text data types – are leading the pack of data sources and all of this data falls into the category of unstructured data, or Big Data.

Viewpoint: Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE·31 January 2019
Over 10 years have passed since I assumed the position of prime minister and vice-president of the UAE: In those 10 years we have launched a number of plans and strategies, led a number of reforms of our government, developed systems to track performance and improve services, encouraged innovation and the application of technology across all sectors, established awards, formed thousands of working teams, held numerous retreats and meetings, and established many new government agencies.

Using Influence to Lead Your Hospitality Team·31 January 2019
A good leader in the hospitality industry is not necessarily someone that dictates rules and guidelines but rather someone that represents the overall vision of the company.

Global megatrends are shaping new imperatives for travel & tourism industry·30 January 2019
As global forces converge to create unprecedented change across all industries, the future of travel and tourism will be shaped by those companies and destinations which provide unique and meaningful experiences, harness the power of networks, provide a personal service to sustainability-minded consumers, and are led by trustworthy and responsible leadership.


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