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Gearing Up for Annual Convention 2016

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Register today to secure your spot at Annual Convention 2016. See you in Vegas!

Experience Annual Convention like never before – HFTP is excited to share what this year’s revamped event has in store for attendees. Just around the corner, this year’s event will take place next month from October 19-21, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Register today to secure a spot and join HFTP at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino to witness all of the magic that Annual Convention has to offer. See you in Vegas!

Who’s Speaking

In traditional HFTP fashion, each convention day will feature keynote speakers. Meet the 2016 Annual Convention keynote speakers, and view the full education schedule here.

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Chapter Events – September 16-30

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Here is a look at the events our chapters have planned for the second half of September.

September 16, 2016

New York Long Island Chapter

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Dispatches from HFTP Global: HFTP Dubai First Chapter Meeting

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Written By: Amirul Islam

HFTP Dubai Chapter Meeeting

HFTP Dubai chapter leadership during the first chapter meeting on August 27, 2016.

We are proud of our newly chartered HFTP Dubai chapter. Dubai is a city where the hospitality industry is growing dramatically. Last month, on August 27, 2016, the HFTP Dubai chapter leaders held the first chapter meeting at the Dubai Marina in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Dubai Marina is one of the most beautiful places – it is considered the most luxurious man-mad marina in the world – featuring a diversified portfolio of hospitality assets including hotels, serviced residences, restaurants, golf retreats, a polo and equestrian club, Dubai Marina Yacht Club (DMYC) and more.

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Dispatches from HFTP Global: Sydney Summit 2016

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A few weeks ago I once again had the honor to represent HFTP at a global event, the third annual Sydney Summit held on August 17, 2016. The summit had both HFTP members and prospective new members as attendees, and was sponsored by both HFTP and Deloitte. Special thanks to Alex Collinson, partner, assurance and advisory for welcoming the group and providing a quick overview of the state of the Australian Hotel Industry.

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Chapter Events – September 1-15

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Here is a look at the events our chapters have planned for the first half of September.

September 6, 2016

University of Houston Cougar Chapter

  • 7:00 p.m. | Conrad N. Hilton College
  • Meet n’ Greet Movie Night
  • RSVP to Kjun0927@gmail.com

Long Island Chapter

  • 10:00 a.m. | Glen Oaks Country Club
  • 43rd Annual Douglas G. Louis Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament
  • CLICK HERE for further details

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Chapter Leadership Webinar: HFTP Chapter Recruiting Reboot

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Recruiting strategies are evolving and associations need to keep up with the ever-changing times to attract engaged members. In order to bring in members, and especially reach millennials, associations need to be open to change and be able to market their association in a way that will attract their target members. When it comes to membership, how are you supposed to catch the attention of a busy industry professional?

Lucky for you, HFTP is here to help you reboot your current chapter recruitment efforts. Join HFTP on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. CST for the upcoming webinar in HFTP’s Chapter Leadership series: “Change your Perspective – HFTP Chapter Recruiting Reboot.”



HFTP Charlotte-Blue Ridge Chapter members

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Dispatches from HFTP Global: ICHRIE 2016 Annual Summer Conference

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Written By: Bryan Wood


Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas USA

I recently attended and represented HFTP at the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE) 2016 Annual Summer Conference.  The event took place last month from July 20-22, 2016, and was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center – an amazing Texas-themed resort in the Grapevine area of Northern Dallas, Texas USA.

It took me several loops around the resort’s 85-acreage layout to find my way to the convention area.  For those of you who attended the HFTP’s 2008 Annual Convention & Tradeshow at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee USA, walking shoes were a must have at this venue as well.

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Annual Convention 2016: What’s Happening in Vegas

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Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada USA

HFTP’s new and improved (click here to read about event updates) Annual Convention 2016 will be held from October 19-22, 2016 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. Las Vegas is one of the world’s most internationally renowned major resort cities known for its buzzing energy, gambling, entertainment, fine dining, shopping and nightlife. To kick-off your Las Vegas to-do list, here are a few things Annual Convention attendees will want to check out while at Caesars Palace:

Things To Do at Caesars Palace

From being pampered at the award-winning Qua Baths & Spa to partying at the hit new OMNIA Nightclub, Caesars Palace can take your vacation from ordinary to spectacular. Enjoy dinner at Nobu before visiting the new, high-end champagne and couture cocktail lounge, FIZZ – Nobu guests receive a complimentary Gold membership! Enjoy notable cigar offerings paired with fine whiskeys, small bites and more, in the luxurious and intimate Montecristo Cigar Bar. Need a new outfit? No problem, after all, The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace are widely considered “The Shopping Wonder of the World.” This must-see experience features 160 specialty stores as well as fine restaurants and attractions. Not to mention, the 14,000-square-foot poker room. Click here for more about Caesars Palace.

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Security Alert: POS Systems Infiltrated by Russian Cybercrime Group; Recommendations for MICROS Legacy System Users

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Swiping a credit card through a POS terminal

Last week, Forbes.com reported that hackers had infiltrated five cash register providers last month: Cin7, ECRS, Navy Zebra, PAR Technology and Uniwell. This announcement follows the news from the previous week that cybercriminals had infected Oracle MICROS legacy systems – popular in the hospitality industry — with malicious code. This raises the level of concern on the breadth of the infiltration and should place hospitality companies on high alert. Your next steps should be to conduct a security scan and close off POS systems by changing access passwords.

The Oracle breach was first reported on July 25 and might have been discovered as early as July 18. In an investigation on the Oracle hack, security expert Brian Krebs on the Krebs on Security blog wrote, “A Russian organized cybercrime group known for hacking into banks and retailers appears to have breached hundreds of computer systems at software giant Oracle Corp… More alarmingly, the attackers have compromised a customer support portal for companies using Oracle’s MICROS point-of-sale credit card payment systems.”

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Chapter Events – August 16-31

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Here is a look at the events our chapters have planned for the second half of August.

August 17, 2016

Florida Treasure Coast Chapter

  • 11:00 a.m. | Sailfish Point
  • August Luncheon Meeting
  • “Insurance: The Only Thing Constant is Change” presented by Casey Cunniff, CPCU 
  • RSVP to: Gail Hagerott at Controller@seaoaksbt.com

Jamaica Chapter

  • Time TBD | The Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa (Mt. Salem Room)
  • August Chapter Meeting

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