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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.

Wynn's Secret Weapon in Banquets is the Human Factor

Hotelier Middle East·19 March 2019
It could be easy for the average mid-market hotelier to dismiss any study of the F&B operations of Wynn and Encore in Las Vegas as apples to their oranges, in terms of what they might stand to learn.

Expedia slashes prices on European city breaks in huge sale

Hotelier Middle East·19 March 2019
The company has slashed prices on hotel stays around the world by up to 20% off, alongside heaps of discounted flight and hotel packages.

TravelClick's New Solution Combines Predictive Data & Machine Learning

Hotelier Middle East·18 March 2019
Since its acquisition by Amadeus in August, TravelClick has rolled out one of its first solutions aimed at informing hospitality marketing campaign planning and maximizing bookings.

Once Upon A Time Expands into U.S. With Acquisition

Hotelier Middle East·18 March 2019
London-based integrated agency Once Upon A Time (OUAT) has acquired IdeaWork Studios, broadening the firm’s offerings, and expanding for the first time into the United States. Headquartered in New York, the agency specializes in branding and digital for the hospitality, luxury, entertainment and gaming sectors. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marriott To Open More Than 1,700 Hotels by 2021

Hotelier Middle East·18 March 2019
Marriott International today will present the company’s three-year growth plan, which includes opening more than 1,700 hotels around the world, at its meeting with institutional investors and security analysts at the New York Marriott Marquis.

Buying & Selling: Three Hampton Inns, Four Grange Hotels; More...

Hotelier Middle East·18 March 2019
Hotel Business is tracking transactions. HREC, Queensgate Investments and Barot Capital have all made deals. Here are the details.

Across the U.S., Hotel Projects Shape Up

Hotelier Middle East·18 March 2019
Projects are underway for hotel brands across the country. With a mix of groundbreakings and renovations, developments are in motion in Florida, Mississippi, California and Illinois.

New Hampshire's Hotel Concord takes advantage of mixed-use space

Hotelier Middle East·18 March 2019
Earlier this year, New Hampshire’s capital city got a new hotel as part of a unique mixed-use development. The Hotel Concord takes up several floors of the Capital Commons building, and through savvy partnerships is offering a boutique full-service experience at a select-service price.

Hotels need to get both the basics and the not-so-basics right

Hotelier Middle East·17 March 2019
Professional hotel owners define and continually refine their brand to convey their brand values, the essence of their brand identity, and their brand deliverables.

Key International developing Fort Lauderdale AC Hotel

Hotelier Middle East·15 March 2019
Miami-based real estate investment and development company Key International began development on an AC Hotel by Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The property, which was acquired in 2016 as three adjoining land parcels that span more than a half-acre, will consist of 171 guestrooms spread across 10 stories.

Study: Hotels Target Millennials, Prioritize Green Initiatives, Advance Tech

Hotelier Middle East·15 March 2019
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) released the results of a comprehensive Lodging Survey, a detailed assessment of advancements in amenities, guest services, sustainability and technology, in addition to other industry trends. This recent survey underscores how hotels advance, accommodate and innovate the guest experience. Consumers can expect seamless transitions between their everyday lives and their lives on the road thanks to increased mobile compatibility, flexible dining options and welcoming accommodations.

Hotel industry grapples with minimum wage hikes

Hotelier Middle East·14 March 2019
The federal minimum wage in the U.S. is $7.25 an hour, but that doesn't mean everyone adheres to that amount. In fact, 29 states and the District of Columbia pay a minimum wage that is higher than the federal one. Because these plans already are set in stone, and other states are at the bargaining table to follow suit, hoteliers are wondering how these increases will impact the overall industry and their ability to pay their employees—or even keep their doors open.
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How to Organize Your Website Content Like Marie Kondo

Hotelier Middle East·14 March 2019
When Marie Kondo first published “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” in 2011, best practices for website content were almost entirely different. Eight years ago, applying Kondo’s KonMari method to organizing your website would have been unheard of. Back then, landing pages were the name of the game — the more you could create, the better. But as the decade progressed, Google changed the rules.

Two Hotels Change Hands, One Gets Financing

Hotelier Middle East·14 March 2019
Hotel Business is tracking transactions, with two properties being sold and one receiving financing.

Building an Accurate Forecast: The Lifeblood of Any Hotel Revenue Manager

Hotelier Middle East·14 March 2019
Over the past 40 years, hoteliers have made significant progress in the field of revenue management. Revenue management is no longer just thought of as yielding or pulling levers to get a price to match demand. Many organizations have adopted a more holistic revenue strategy approach, aligning several departments around the same data, goals, and metrics.

Around the Globe with Dole: First Stop, Asia!

Hotelier Middle East·14 March 2019
2019 Fruit Pairings kick off with authentic recipes from China, Thailand and the Philippines.

Westin hotels in Middle East and Africa champion 'JOMO

Hotelier Middle East·14 March 2019
Ahead of World Sleep Day (March 15), Westin Hotels & Resorts is recognising the importance of JOMO and will reward guests who find the ‘Joy of Missing Out’ and take time back for extra sleep, exercise or a break from technology.

How to Plan a Vacation, as Told by Millennials

Hotelier Middle East·13 March 2019
Vacations are a luxury, even when they're just a quick weekend trip to the next town over, the main obstacle that keeps people from going on vacation is money, which is something millennials find themselves struggling to obtain.

Airbnb not committed to going public in 2019

Hotelier Middle East·13 March 2019
Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk reiterated the company's plans to go public without a specific date.

David Kong on the transformation of Best Western through quality, talent and technology

Hotelier Middle East·12 March 2019
Ever since he took over as CEO of Best Western Hotels & Resorts in 2004, David Kong has been a man on a mission to transform the company, and the process continues with the recent acquisition of WorldHotels, which added 300 hotels to its global portfolio.

More Than 40% of Millennials Say Researching a Vacation is Overwhelming

Hotelier Middle East·12 March 2019
New research from Hotels.com reveals that North American millennial travelers are experiencing net lag (aka scroll fatigue) from never-ending research when booking a vacation.

Flight Centre Ups Investments in Pair of Chatbots

Hotelier Middle East·12 March 2019
Travel management company Flight Centre Travel Group has increased its ownership stake in two existing investments within its Labs tech development initiative.

Personalised travel: join the revolution!

Hotelier Middle East·12 March 2019
EyeforTravel’s upcoming Digital Strategy Summit has a line up of top-notch speakers from companies that are moving and shaking the travel industry.

Reed & Mackay Launches in Netherlands

Hotelier Middle East·12 March 2019
U.K.-based travel management company Reed & Mackay has launched in the Netherlands through a jointly branded office with travel agency Munckhof Business Travel at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

Hotel alternatives also face tech, distribution hurdles

Hotelier Middle East·12 March 2019
The line between traditional hotels and alternative accommodations continues to be blurred in the world of hospitality.

Waterford Hotel Group, Waterton join forces to grow hospitality footprint

Hotelier Middle East·11 March 2019
Connecticut-based hospitality management company Waterford Hotel Group and Waterton, a Chicago-based real estate investor and operator, joined forces to form a new venture to strengthen and grow their hospitality portfolios.

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