Destination Orlando: Attend HFTP’s Annual Convention, Stay to Play

The HFTP 2019 Annual Convention is returning to Orlando, Florida this October for three days of hospitality-focused education, valuable association updates and networking. Take advantage of your travel to “The Sunshine State” and stay through the weekend to enjoy the myriad of outdoor activities, family attractions and vibrant nightlife this city has to offer.

The HFTP 2019 Annual Convention will take place October 23–25 at the Rosen Centre Hotel. The Rosen Centre Hotel is located on International Drive, a very popular, walkable sector of the city composed of a sensational variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options, as well as quick access to several famous theme parks for the whole family to enjoy. Book your hotel and flight today.

Attend the Annual Convention during the week to take advantage of a range of crucial industry concepts and trends presented by top experts and practitioners in the fields of finance and technology so you remain informed and prepared in a constantly evolving business environment.


And then, once your professional development is complete, stay the weekend to enjoy the span of recreational activities. Spend a day at one of the many famous amusement parks in the area. Take advantage of the milder fall temperatures and enjoy any of the many outdoor activities offered in Orlando such as kayaking, paddle-boarding and beach volleyball.

Bike the Orlando Urban Trail and stroll along the West Orange Trail. Or, rent a car and take a quick drive to one of many beautiful beaches just two hours away — including Vera Beach, Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach.

Dining & Entertainment Districts

Orlando is a culinary hot spot with new award-winning restaurants and celebrity chefs, such as Wolfgang Puck, Todd English and now Chef Morimoto, that cater to visitors from across the globe.

With over 5,000 restaurants you’ll find an extensive menu from fine dining and international eateries to casual cafes and chic wine bars, there’s something for every taste or budget. The destination has six distinctive dining districts including the Convention District (I-Drive), Restaurant Row, Universal Citywalk®, Disney Springs™, Downtown Orlando and charming Winter Park.

Vibrant Nightlife

From casually sipping wine and enjoying a leisurely cigar at a trendy outdoor lounge, to dancing at a high-energy club and checking out a rock band at a live venue, Orlando provides attendees with nearly unlimited nighttime opportunities. You can see live music performances at the House of Blues at Disney Springs (formally Downtown Disney®) and Hard Rock Live at Universal CityWalk®. Experience mind-bending entertainment with the La Nouba™ by Cirque du Soleil® or the Blue Man Group. Or discover a modern, big-city nightlife scene in downtown Orlando that includes dozens of dance clubs, bars, restaurants and live music venues.

Unforgettable Attendee Experiences 

With over 100+ attractions across the city and seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is unlike any other destination full of unforgettable experiences waiting for you to explore.

After a day of education, escape to a world of imagination and fantasy that will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired. Whether seeking to reconnect with childhood nostalgia or experience leading-edge innovations in ride technology to testing your sense of adventure with endless outdoor activities, Orlando attractions truly are one-of-a-kind.

Distinctive Shopping

When it comes to distinctive shopping, Orlando has something for all budgets. While the destination can certainly bring out the glitz, it also knows a great deal when we see one. Its mix of sophisticated malls like The Mall at Millenia, quaint boutiques on Park Avenue in Winter Park, and value-driven outlet centers serve up internationally known brands and unique local finds. And the close proximity to the convention center district – within a 15-mile radius – makes for a stress-free shopping spree.

Golf Legends

With more than 170 golf courses, over 20 golf academies and some of the world’s most prestigious tournaments, Orlando is a true golfer’s paradise. Take it from the professionals: In addition to being home to more pro golfers than any other city in the world, Orlando was voted the “North American Golf Destination of the Year” by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators.

And with a multitude of stunning courses designed by the likes of Nicklaus, Dye and Fazio, Orlando offers attendees an exclusive golfing experience not found anywhere else.

Destination Spas

Many of Orlando’s award-winning spas are conveniently located at convention hotels, making the temptation nearly impossible to resist. Whether seeking a traditional experience, sports recovery or even a group outing, the spas provide a unique menu of services that allows you to emerge for the next day’s sessions, energized and ready to go.


Visit Orlando offers special discounts to convention attendees on a selection of theme park and attraction tickets. Learn more on the Visit Orlando website.


The education program spotlights information important to today’s hospitality finance and technology professionals, presented by industry expert general session speakers including:

  • Marilyn Sherman, Communicating for Results: From Conflict to Cooperation
  • Chris Davidson, How Travelers Think. And, Why You Should Care.
  • Ty Bennett, Partnership Is the New Leadership: Cultivating Commitment, Collaboration and Consensus

The concurrent education sessions round out the program each day, allowing you to build up your knowledge on topics like budgeting, benchmarking, technology trends, ethics, employee engagement, business intelligence, club accounting, fraud prevention and much more.

View a complete event education schedule on the HFTP website.

The convention will also feature 30 industry-leading vendors offering a wide variety of hospitality products and services, presented as table top displays with company representatives available to answer your questions. Products/services include: accounting/finance software, insurance, club management, marketing services, credit card services, training, POS and PMS, and more.

Briana Gilmore is the HFTP Communications Coordinator.
Briana can be reached at or +1 (512) 220-4017.

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