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  • HFTP Research Report: Pre-opening Expenditures in Hospitality

    A study of the pre-opening budget; the timeline for these expenditures; timeline for onboarding of staff; and the selection, installation and training of the technology component. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.

  • New Global Directors Join the 2018-2019 HFTP Board

    The HFTP 2018-2019 Global Board of Directors was installed during the association's 2018 Annual Convention and introduces new directors Toni Bau, Carson Booth, CHTP and Mark Fancourt. These extensive director profiles give insight into the distinguished professions and personal goals of HFTP's newest association leaders.

  • Letter from the HFTP Global President: At the End of the Year, We Reflect on the Best of the Year

    As we prepare to transition to the new HFTP Global board at the 2018 Annual Convention in October, I would like to take the time to reflect on my year serving as HFTP Global president.

  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

Third-Tier Growth Spurt

Lodging Magazine ·20 November 2018
With suburban hotel performance surpassing the growth rate for urban properties, many hoteliers are turning to secondary and tertiary markets to meet the demand for up-and-coming travel destinations. Among them is the management company Charlestowne Hotels. Its President and CEO Michael W. Tall says that the company is making the growth of boutique properties in second- and third-tier cities a main focus of their 2019 business plan. In a recent interview with LODGING, Tall described this tertiary-tier tourism boom and his company's participation in it.Tall notes growing interest in secondary and tertiary markets across the industry. "Now more than ever, the interests of travelers--including those termed 'adventure travelers'--are piqued by the unknown and unseen. As a result, travel to small, off-the-beaten-path towns has grown." However, he observes, a significant portion of these travelers have no interest in roughing it. "They bring with them their big-city expectations: Even a one-stoplight town needs quality and interesting accommodations."Tall says Charlestowne recognized a need for such accommodations via lifestyle hotels that connect with their local community and deliver an authentic sense of place in these markets--including university towns and others considered to be "under the radar". Tall points out numerous advantages of university markets in particular, including their consistency and predictability.

Hotel Paradox Joins Autograph Collection |

Lodging Magazine ·22 February 2016
Hotel Paradox, with its urban forest design that celebrates the nature, mountains, and redwoods surrounding Santa Cruz, is now a part of Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International's distinctive portfolio of independent properties. The Autograph Collection Hotels brand celebrates properties that embrace their locale through refined design, thoughtful amenities, and stand-out service.

Radisson Blu Offers 'BluPrint' to Interior Design |

Lodging Magazine · 5 February 2016
Radisson Blu has announced the launch of "BluPrint," a new dynamic interior design offering for the styling of guest rooms, social and public spaces, as well as meetings and events. BluPrint is an innovative, coherent way to evolve a property's design according to guests' changing lifestyles and trends.

UberEvents Comes Out of Beta Testing |

Lodging Magazine · 6 November 2015
UberEvents is coming out of beta and going national. The service, which kicked off in New York City at the end of September and then expanded to five other cities, allows event planners and hotels to offer pre-paid rides to their guests.

Female hoteliers weigh in on rise of Airbnb |

Lodging Magazine · 3 April 2014
It's becoming more and more likely that the Airbnb concept will become a mainstay in the lodging space, and hoteliers will need to adapt to this new competition by reviewing how they can best satisfy travelers' needs, according to hotel executives who attended this week's Cornell/AH&LA Women in Senior Leadership event in Washington. "I think we can push back as an industry as much as we can, but at the same time find ways to embrace it and incorporate it into our business model. I don't think it's going away," RLJ Lodging Trust Senior Vice President Kate Henriksen said.


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