Coronavirus Fears Should Be Less Hype and Hospitality Can Help

Written by: Frank Wolfe, CAE, FIH Early this morning I was pulled off the beach (in my dreams) by a series of rapid-fire instant messages and emails. For those who have kids, it was like one of those middle of the night calls when they are staying overnight at a…

Tanya Venegas at HITEC Houston

The Legacy of a Departing Colleague — Tanya Venegas

When it comes to hospitality research, there is ordinary, and then there is Tanya Venegas. Tanya started as a teaching assistant working for the University of Houston in 2002. She was assigned to the HFTP Research Center which was founded as part of HFTP’s initiative to provide the hospitality industry…

Will Blockchain Technology put Airbnb, Expedia and Priceline Out of Business?

Last month at HITEC Toronto, it would seem that HFTP put Blockchain Technology (BT) right in the middle of hospitality’s radar. After some well-received education sessions and an announcement by HFTP that an industry taskforce on the subject was being organized, the “blockchain buzz” began in earnest. Here are some…

Steven Stout, CAE, the Definition of a Professional, Leaves HFTP with Contributions That Will Have Lasting Impact

After 14 years, HFTP Director of Meetings and Special Events Steven Stout, CAE moves on to highly coveted executive director position at the Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE). During my 25 years at HFTP®, I have had several very proud moments as the leader of my team. One was watching Lucinda…

Hospitality Attacks: Tips for Guest Safety and Protection

After the horrific, recent mass shootings and terror attacks across the globe in public spaces: outside restaurants and bars and others, there has been a rise in concern about the security at hospitality venues. The attacks garner worldwide publicity and comment, part of the strategy behind the perpetrators. In January…

Major Changes Coming to HFTP Annual Convention – Part Two

Wow! A couple of days ago I posted a blog about major changes that were coming to this year’s HFTP Annual Convention.  Although we talk a lot about the power of social media, it is still amazing to me that one post (or in this case a RE post)  can…

HFTP Finance Members Sound Off On Benefits

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is a very dynamic organization that represents what has arguably become the two most important segments of hospitality: finance and technology. Unlike the days when “finance” was someone who wore sleeve garters and “technology” was someone who knew how to “z” out the cash register, our…

April 17, 2016 — A Day Hospitality Cried

This weekend, we received the sad news that John Cahill, CHTP has passed away. John was a significant and active member of the HFTP family, including an HFTP Global Past President, inductee to the HFTP International Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame and an HFTP Paragon Award recipient. He was a…

EUs Ruling Against Safe Harbor Agreements Throws Companies in Limbo

Early in October the ability to “personalize” our relationship with customers hit a road block for companies that do business in Europe and the United States. The European Court of Justice ruled against the 15-year Safe Harbor principles which were used as a framework for companies to transfer personally identifiable…