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5 Things to Know When Visiting Los Angeles

Written by: Kathy McAdams

Bookmark this post. Right now.

You’ll need it. With a visit to Los Angeles for HITEC 2014, you’ll need to know these five things about us.

1. Bring Your Appetite and Your Sense of Adventure – Los Angeles is One of America’s Top Culinary Destinations.

Find out why Food and Wine Magazine called Los Angeles “America’s best new food city” in its March 2014 issue. Los Angeles is home to thousands of restaurants, offering everything from Michelin-starred fine dining (Water Grill, Mori Sushi, Asanebo Corp, Patina Restaurant, Providence, Cut, Urusawa, Hatfield’s, Gordon Ramsay at the London-West Hollywood, Osteria Mozza, Melisse) to authentic international street food. Los Angeles invented the food truck and the celebrity chef, and you can dine in their restaurants, sample their cooking and often catch a glimpse of them in the kitchen or greeting diners. Read More »

LA’s Newest “Old” Gem Plays Host to HITEC 2014 Opening Party

Written by: Steven Stout, CAE

One of the most popular happenings during HITEC is the Opening Party! Back in 2011, the idea was proposed to move the Opening Party out of the host hotel since so many of our attendees work in hotels and have seen their fair share of ballrooms. So, the Opening Party took to the streets of our host cities allowing attendees the chance to enjoy the beautiful locations that house HITEC.

2014 is no different with the Opening Party being held at another landmark destination in Los Angeles, The Belasco Theater. A relic of the 1920s, The Belasco Theater made its grand reopening debut in March  2011 after laying dormant for more than 20 years. Thanks to an extensive three year restoration, the venue retains most of its original architecture – meshed  with impressive sound and lighting capabilities. Located just blocks away from the L.A. Live complex in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, this venerable landmark is the city’s premiere multi-purpose event and entertainment complex. Read More »

Be an Official Guest Blogger for HITEC 2014

Written by: Sara Bailiff

HFTP Connect is looking for hospitality professionals who would like to write original and educational posts about their HITEC 2014 experience for the blog.

HITEC 2014 is June 23 – 26 in Los Angeles, Calif.

See the information below for details on the opportunity and review posts from past HITEC Guest Bloggers:

HITEC Official Blogger Benefits:

  1. A Complimentary Full Conference Registration.
  2. HITEC Press Access – Access to all the education sessions, an Opening Party pass and access to the exhibit hall.
  3. Internet access in the HITEC Press Room to write blog posts (blogger must have own laptop).
  4. Credit as the author of the blog post and links to blogger’s web site, social media accounts, etc.

HITEC Official Blogger Requirements:

Four blog posts related to HITEC, see Guidelines for acceptable posts:

•  One prior to HITEC
•  Two during the week of HITEC, at least one post must be related to a specific education session.
•  One after HITEC
  1. Email blog posts, along with any pictures, to Sara Shafer
  2. If Official Blogger fails to perform the blogger requirements, the blogger will be charged for the amount of the HITEC Full Conference Registration ($725 USD)
  3. HFTP will help bloggers in securing hotel reservations; however, bloggers are responsible for room, tax and incidentals.

If you’re interested, please send a brief description on why you would be a good guest blogger and a sample of writing to Sara Shafer.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, April 21.

Disclaimer: As an association, HFTP may not endorse or promote a product or vendor. HFTP Connect is educational in nature and blog posts must not be sales-oriented. Products or vendors may only be mentioned in an educational format.

Right From the Start, A World Tour on Behalf of HFTP

Written by: Jerry Trieber, CPA, CHAE, CFE, CFF, CGMA

HFTP President Starts His Position as HFTP Global PresidentMany people in the hospitality industry, as well as my family and friends, know that I travel quite a bit with my Crestline responsibilities; assuming the role of HFTP Global President has me traveling even more! Starting in early November, I was fortunate to travel as an HFTP representative for almost four weeks. I started my tour on November 9 at the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® (IHMRS) and American Hotel & Lodging Association Fall Conference in New York City. With approximately 18,000 industry professionals in attendance at the IHMRS, it was a phenomenon to behold! While this was my fourth attendance at the IHMRS, the people, products, and plethora of education and networking opportunities never cease to amaze me. Read More »

The Skinny on the Thursday Wrap-up…Can You Dig It?

Written by: Tony Llanos

After two learning sessions on Thursday, I wanted to stretch the last one out at 3:45 p.m. in the Stemmons Ballroom to participate in Revenue Strategy: A New Direction for Revenue Management. Both presenters, Patrick Bosworth of Duetto Research and Cindy Estis Green of Kalibri Labs, shared best practices and offered new insights to the new frontier of revenue management. But it was getting late in the day. I can’t adjust to central time as yet since I’m from San Francisco, and already, it was a long day for me. I hung on and enjoyed the information shared by both Patrick and Cindy.

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Howdy, Pardner! It’s the Annual Convention.

Written by: By Tony Llanos

After an exhausting day at the Texas State Fair near the Cotton Bowl with the representatives from the San Jose State University student chapter, we got a nice, Texas welcome at the exhibit hall and Welcome Reception. It was nice to dine on the hors d’eouvres here at the Hilton Anatole after a day of fried Oreos and corn dogs. I stopped by a few booths that caught my eye, particularly the stuffed animals that Post Integration gave away. Since I didn’t win much at the carnival games at the Fair, I nabbed one here at our Convention. Read More »

Annual Convention Connections — Education Isn’t Always in the Classroom

Written by: Steven Stout, CAE

We’re excited that our 61st Annual Convention & Tradeshow is right around the corner! The Education Advisory Council and our own staff have gone to great lengths to make this a great event. With the new-themed education this year, attendees can make the convention work for them by picking and choosing what areas of their career they want to learn more about. Although, the meeting is filled with classroom education, nowadays not all of the learning takes place inside the classroom. The convention offers many opportunities for attendees a chance to really connect and discuss the industry with other attendees while offering a little fun for you as well.

First-time Attendee Orientation
For those joining us for the first time this event is just for you. Hear from attendees who attend the convention year after year to learn how to navigate the conference and get the most out of your time in Dallas. Read More »

Calling All Young Professionals — Annual Convention 2013

Written by: Danielle Chong

For the first time, HFTP will feature a Young Professionals session theme as part of the 2013 Annual Convention and Tradeshow in Dallas. In addition to the other session themes for Annual Convention, young professional attendees, as well as other attendees, will have the opportunity to learn tips and lessons about growing both professionally and personally from distinguished speakers who have tailored their presentations to the younger generations. Whether you are a student, entry-level hospitality professional or an experienced industry veteran, the Young Professionals sessions are guaranteed to shed light on many aspects of development and growth. On Friday, October 18, 2013, three professionals speakers will present various topics to this year’s attendees and it is proving to be a much anticipated event. Read More »

Now Presenting — The HFTP Regional Mentor Program

Written by: Danielle Chong

HFTP is thrilled to announce the addition of a NEW member benefit. Starting in September, members have access to a Regional Mentor in their geographic area. The Regional Mentor program was designed to accommodate the needs and wants of the current membership, as well as to draw in additional prospective members. Regional Mentors are chosen representatives who exemplify leadership and the guiding principles of HFTP. Read More »

Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy Your Education

Written by: Steven Stout, CAE

One of the many benefits offered as part of being an HFTP member is access to the ProLinks Webinar Archives. Here members can select from a long list of hot topics offering over 75 hours of education.

Not able to join us at a face-to-face meeting? Or are the regular scheduled webinars offered at an inconvenient time for your individual schedule? HFTP members can access ALL webinars HFTP has ever offered whenever and wherever works for them.

How do I get to the Archives? Simply visit www.hftp.org then log-in. Visit the Webinars page and look for the HFTP ProLinks Webinar Archive link at the bottom of the page. Current HFTP members will find an an entire list of recordings and accompanying handouts to choose from.

With topics ranging from PCI Compliance to Club Technology Issues – members can seek out the topic that is on their radar and watch these quick one hour sessions.

There are even opportunities to see various perspectives on certain “hotter” topics which may have been offered one or more times during the creation of ProLinks Webinars. Read More »

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