HITEC 2011: Steps to Secure Your International Travel Visa

With travel rules and regulations becoming more tedious to muddle through, HFTP wanted to do our part to assist HITEC international attendees as much as possible. We greatly appreciate our international delegation and want to be able to provide valuable resources to make travel in and out of the United…

Seniors & Investment Opportunities

Making a management plan for a retirement is not an easy task, especially for seniors. In fact, it would be recommended to hire a specialist in order to get an excellent management plan of all financial resources and funds. Seniors often forget to include health care in their financial plan…

USALI Survey Results Indicate Items That Need Updating

The USALI (Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry) has long been an important financial reporting guide within the lodging industry. As the industry’s business practices change, of course updates to the USALI follow. In March, the HFTP Research Institute distributed a survey pertaining to the current edition of…

Keeping Guests Safe: Hospitality, Political Unrest and Terrorism

Can we prepare without alienating our guests? Many solutions are already in place. Because of the recent proliferation of global terrorism and political unrest, hospitality industry visionaries are glad that they have already started integrating disaster planning into their operations. For those who haven’t already done so, well-conceived plans that…

New Issue of The Bottomline Covers the Tax Relief Act and More

We just released the April/May issue of The Bottomline, HFTP’s bi-monthly publication. The issue’s general theme features articles on: How to navigate the Tax Relief Act How organizations managed HR in a slow economy Updates to the enterprise communication system — Exchange What’s new in PCI version 2.0 How network…

Cloud Computing Demystified

Earlier this month at the HFTP Development Conference, I helped demystify cloud computing to participants in the education sessions. Gartner, Inc. calls cloud computing “a style of computing where massive scalable IT-related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ using Internet technologies to multiple external customers.” Ordinary users look at it…

New HITEC TechTour Offers Hands-on Education

Every year for HITEC we try to incorporate new and interesting concepts to the conference. This year I’m excited about a special education opportunity the HITEC Advisory Council has been busy putting together — the HITEC TechTour. A TechTour is a guided exhibit hall tour of exhibitors from a specific…

Hotel Managers Must Take Action on Hotel Credit Card Security

HFTP, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), issued a joint statement on actions hotel managers should take on hotel credit card security.  The statement indicates three actions that hotel managers, along with IT and finance staff, should take immediately in order to minimize…

Golf Course of the Future – Driverless Golf Carts

If you have ever been around golf courses, you have likely seen golfers do some pretty creative driving of their golf carts. They run into things, get lost, turn them over and drive them into restricted areas. But there are two groups — one at the Free University of Berlin…

Future Hospitality Technology – ASIMO’s Competition

During my GUESTROOM 20X presentations and demonstrations on potential future hospitality technologies, I often talk about ASIMO — Honda’s robot that can run, walk up and down stairs, make eye contact and remember you years later after only having one conversation with you. It seems that ASIMO, created in Japan,…