How HFTP can Contribute to the Future of the Hospitality Industry

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Written by: Connie Hong

HFTP is constantly searching for ways in which the association can contribute to the future of the hospitality industry. The association strives to serve not only its membership, but potential members, such as students. Through endowments and scholarships, HFTP is able to reach talented students and support them in their educational careers. With rising education costs, hardworking students often work while taking classes and are forced to take out loans to pay for school.

HFTP helps to alleviate additional stress that could potentially take away from their focus on school by providing scholarships and endowments. Kacie Braud, recipient of the 2015 Terri Rubin Bartello, CHAE Scholarship, directed her award toward tuition and fees for the University of New Orleans. She is currently a senior studying Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration with a concentration in hotels and lodgings as well as events and convention management. Students, such as Braud, will eventually graduate and join the workforce. Braud’s long term career goal is to work in revenue management for the hospitality industry.

HFTP chapters play an important role in supporting students. Carol Powell from the HFTP Greater Philadelphia Chapter says that, “It is one of the missions of our chapter to maintain a strong connection with students of local universities and encourage participation when possible.” The Greater Philadelphia Chapter hosts an annual scholarship golf tournament where all the proceeds are given to two to three deserving students from a local university studying in the hospitality field with a concentration in accounting or IT. This year two awards were given, $4,000 to Spencer Rung who attends Penn State University and $3,000 to Stuart Isaacs who attends the University of Delaware.

Powell’s chapter encourages student participation in meetings by offering a reduced student rate to attend. In February, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter was visited by a group of students from Cornell University. The chapter was able to provide them with tours of some local hotels and clubs in the city. Opportunities such as these are valuable in that they allow the students to network and see firsthand how operations flow. This may encourage students to continue their industry related studies as they are better able to imagine what a position in the industry would entail. HFTP chapters help students by acting as mentors and providing support and guidance as they continue their studies. Interactions with students also help chapters and industry leaders gain perspective from a different generation.

Students are the future of the industry and HFTP firmly believes that they have incredible things to offer. Their perspective and insight combined with the tech savviness of their generation is full of promise. HFTP is happy to support great minds and looks forward to the amazing things students will do in the industry.

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Connie Hong is the HFTP Executive Services Administrator. Contact Connie at connie.hong@hftp.org or +1 (512) 220-4022.

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