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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.

Michelin-star hospitality school bound for Adelaide·16 April 2019
Construction is forecast to begin next year on an inner-city location in Adelaide to develop a new hospitality school which will educate and train students to the level of a Michelin-starred chef. Announced today by the South Australia state government, the training facility will feature at Lot Fourteen – a former hospital site which the Australian government has earmarked to house Australia’s new national Space Agency and Mission Control Centre. Adelaide’s Botanical Gardens and National Wine Centre will also be located nearby.

Asia's OTA joins the market in Australia·12 April 2019
A third major Online Travel Agent has opened up shop in Australia, with joining the hotel and travel booking fracas already heavily contested by Expedia and Priceline Group.

Exclusive video: Tourism Australia hosts successful ATE 2019·11 April 2019
The 2019 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) has been another stand-out showcase for Tourism Australia, with the nation’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event once more a major success for the country.

Domestic visitor levels surpassing international: TAA·29 March 2019
Growth in the number of domestic overnight trips being taken by Australians has surpassed the number of international overnights recorded, Tourism Accommodation Australia has revealed.

Expedia takes first step to end rate parity clauses·22 March 2019
Expedia takes first step to end rate parity clauses Expedia, the world’s largest online travel company, has bowed to industry pressure and taken action independently of any government or authority edict to waive its contracted narrow-rate parity MFN provisions. According to a memo sent to lodging partners and obtained by HM, President Expedia Lodging Partner Services, Cyril Ranque, says it has opted to remove and waive any contractual rights to enforce its previous narrow-rate MFN (Most Favoured Nation) clauses.

Pub brand Zagame's moving into boutique hotels·21 March 2019
Multi-generational hospitality industry family brand Zagame’s has announced it will expand its pub and gaming property portfolio to now include boutique hotels. Set to open in May, the company’s flagship location – Zagame’s House – has completed an extensive $18 million renovation to be transformed into a 97-room hotel in Lygon Street, Carlton, in the Melbourne CBD.

Wyndham Flynns Beach Resort set to double in size·18 March 2019
Work has begun on the first of a five-stage project which will see a dramatic expansion of Ramada Resort by Wyndham Flynns Beach on the NSW mid-north coast, with apartment numbers set to nearly double from 60 to 113.

HM launches Paul Davis Award for hotel design· 1 March 2019
The life and work of renowned and widely respected hotel designer Paul Davis will be honoured at the 10th annual Australian Hotel Industry Conference and Exhibition (AHICE), with a prestigious new accolade for hotel design launched today.

The Star Entertainment opts to ditch single-use plastic· 1 March 2019
Single-use plastics across 60 restaurants and bars, seven hotels and three corporate offices will be phased out or significantly reduced as part of a newly outlined sustainability strategy by The Star Entertainment Group.

AHLA blasts illegal Airbnb New York hosting racket·28 February 2019
Short-term letting giant Airbnb has been slammed by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) for allegedly indirectly endorsing an illegal hotel business in the New York City borough of Manhattan. The scheme was uncovered as a result of a New York Times investigation which appeared on the front page of the newspaper last Sunday, 24 February. The article alleged more than 100 misleading host accounts and 18 phoney corporations had been set up to create an elaborate web which would avoid paying taxes and oversight.

Adelaide next in line to join the QT Hotels portfolio·22 February 2019
Design-centric label QT Hotels continues to connect the dots in Australia, announcing it will bring its brand of service-led hospitality to Adelaide under a new management agreement with Auspac Networks and Axiom Properties Limited.

Kiwi travellers happy with domestic offerings: TIA·13 February 2019
Satisfaction among domestic tourists in New Zealand is at a comfortable high, according to new research commissioned by Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA), with 97 per cent of travellers rating their own country’s experiences very highly.

Crusoe's Retreat unveils new visual identity for 2019· 8 February 2019
A series of physical and digital renovations designed to thrust Fiji’s “first resort” – Crusoe’s Retreat – back into the spotlight have been outlined by the resort’s management team. Known as “Fiji’s first resort”, the Coral Coast property plans to revamp and regenerate its digital identity to follow on from renovations made to improve the resort carried out last year. These included a brand new swimming pool installed in the resort’s classic ‘barefoot’ style and the introduction of the beachfront Taki Beach Bar & Grill, which serves casual snacks and small meals to guests right on the beach.

Exclusive video: global hotel sales outlook from Savills at ALIS·31 January 2019
Savills Global Head of Hotels, George Nicholas, says he is confident 2019 will be another stellar year for the hotel sales market globally.

Kimpton on track for strong global growth·28 January 2019
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has revealed the company is set to open more than 25 Kimpton hotels across 20 new global destinations including Mexico City, Paris, Barcelona, Bali and Shanghai in the next three to five years.

Hilton unearths its future culinary and bar superstars·24 January 2019
Hidden food and beverage passions and skills among Hilton’s Australasian team came into the spotlight this week as the company hosted its annual 2019 Food & Beverage Masters finals.

Aussies will holiday at home in 2019: Oaks Hotels·18 January 2019
The 'staycation' is set to thrive in 2019 thanks to a low AUD.

Domestic tourism to thrive in 2019: CBRE Hotels· 8 January 2019
Travellers are predicted to be staying closer to home in 2019, the real estate firm says.

New wing of rooms added in Ovolo Nishi upgrade·12 December 2018
An investment of AUD$5 million will be made by Ovolo Hotels into a significant upgrade and expansion project at Ovolo Nishi in Canberra, the brand has announced.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne to donate 100,000 meals·26 November 2018
Guests checking in to Crowne Plaza Melbourne are being asked to donate 50 cents as part of their booking to help feed disadvantaged locals in a new charitable drive by the newly-refurbished hotel.

STR hotel stats (Oct 2018): ACT leads the way·21 November 2018
Canberra and the wider Australian Capital Territory emerged from the shadows and dominated key hotel performance metrics for the month of October, according to official full-month data released today from hotel market analysts STR.

Delaware North purchases SKYCITY Darwin resort·13 November 2018
US hospitality and hotel management giant Delaware North has successfully tendered as the buyer of SKYCITY Darwin in a deal worth AUD$188 million.

ARMA launches online revenue management qualification·12 November 2018
Student intakes will begin in February 2019 for a brand new tourism industry qualification focused on hotel revenue management, Torrens University Australia has announced.

HICAP hotel investment expo expands to Australia· 9 November 2018
The former annual HotelsWorld conference held each year in Sydney will be rebranded as HICAP Australia New Zealand in a major regional expansion of the popular industry event.

FIRST LOOK: Crowne Plaza Melbourne unveils $25 million refurb· 6 November 2018
Results from Phase 1 of a $25 million refurbishment at Crowne Plaza Melbourne have today been unveiled, with all 402 guest rooms now boasting a brand new, modern look.

Green light for The Star Gold Coast's $2 billion Master Plan· 2 November 2018
Investment opportunities worth more than $2 billion will be created on the Gold Coast after the Queensland Government approved The Star Entertainment Group’s Master Plan for the glitter strip and Brisbane.


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