Summary of Social Distancing Technologies in Hotels: What Are Our Guests Telling Us?

Written by: Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE, CHE, CHIA, CAHTA and Cristian Morosan, Ph.D., MSc, CHTP The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented challenges for many economic sectors. One of the most highly impacted industry by the pandemic is the hospitality industry. And as we have progressed through this worldwide crisis,…

Club Tax Expert Explains New IRS Guidance on Employee Social Security Payroll Tax Holiday

Written by: Brad Steele, J.D. Attention, clubs: on August 8, the United States President issued an executive order deferring a portion of your employees’ payroll taxes. This payroll tax holiday runs from September 1 to December 31, and only employees making less than $104,000 per year qualify. In that same…

Behind the Scenes of Cyber HITEC: Meet the HITEC Advisory Council (Part IV)

In the fourth and final installment of the blog series introducing the HITEC Advisory Council, HFTP invites you to meet the remaining hospitality professionals whose collective experiences and industry knowledge influence and refine the world-class education program at HITEC each year. Revisit Read Part I, Part II and Part III on HFTP…

This Month, HFTP Spotlights Members Who Have Shared What HFTP Means to Them

 The HFTP Connect blog features hundreds of posts that have been collected, researched, written and published for the purposes of continuing education and professional development for our hospitality finance and technology members who span the globe. And each month, we spotlight a different HFTP membership benefit that has been developed by the association to further this goal. Some of these…

Budgeting for 2021: What Is the New Target?

Written by: Arlene Ramirez, MBA, CHAE, CHE, CHIA “To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target.” Ashleigh Brilliant Since March of this year, the hospitality industry has been trying to figure out its new financial target — the best approach to get…

Behind the Scenes of Cyber HITEC: Meet the HITEC Advisory Council (Part III)

This week in Part III of a series introducing the HITEC Advisory Council — whose collective experiences and industry knowledge influence and refine the world-class education program at HITEC each year — meet Mike Dickersbach, Donna Hale and Mark Haley. In this blog post, they give their insights into what…

Strategic Analysis and its Position in a New Product Launch

The final session in a special “Hackathon Week” series that took place earlier this month tackled strategic analysis as it relates to emerging business concepts and new product launches. It featured three hospitality industry veterans: Gregg Rockett, hospitality industry thought leader and award-winning academic instructor; Prakash Shukla, founder at Wayfare Ventures and HFTP Hospitality Technology Hall of Fame inductee; and Seán Worker, managing…

Behind the Scenes of Cyber HITEC: Meet the HITEC Advisory Council (Part II)

Last week, HFTP introduced four members of the HITEC Advisory Council: Council Chair Justin Taillon, MBA, Ph.D., CHIA, CHTP; Vice Chair Barry Thomas, CHTP; Executive Committee Liaison Mark Pate, CHAE, CHTP, MBA; and Council Member Ummara Marshall. This week in Part II, meet several more members of this esteemed council, whose collective…

The Perfect Pitch: Strategies for Selling Your Product to an Audience

If you are a fledgling hospitality startup with a promising product that you want to pitch to potential investors or clients, the second presentation in a special “Hackathon Week” series was designed for you. This session featured three hospitality industry experts in sales and marketing who participated in a lively Q&A and offered up their advice…

Behind the Scenes of Cyber HITEC: Meet the HITEC Advisory Council (Part I)

Behind the scenes of every great HITEC is a group of highly knowledgeable industry veterans lending their expertise to the planning and coordination of the conference’s education program. These individuals share a deep understanding of the complexities of the hospitality industry, as well as its strengths, challenges and continuous evolution….