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  • 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.

  • IT Spending in the Lodging Industry Three-year Analysis: 2015–2017

    By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Arlene Ramirez, CHE, CHAE; and Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. PART II: An analysis of IT spending data in the lodging industry based on reporting in the new USALI Schedule 6 — Information and Telecommunications Systems.

Report: OTAs are in rate parity with major chains

Hotel Management·18 December 2018
OTAs are more likely to be in parity with major chains than independents and local chains, according to a recently released report from OTA Insight.

OpenKey partners with SiteMinder for automated mobile key

Hotel Management·18 December 2018
OpenKey has partnered with SiteMinder to make the delivery of mobile keys automated, faster and more widely available to hotel properties worldwide. Together the companies will reach more than 160 countries where their platforms currently are active.

AutoClerk powers new AAHOA PMS

Hotel Management·18 December 2018
The Asian American Hotel Owners Association will offer its nearly 18,000 members its own AAHOA property-management system powered by AutoClerk. AAHOA, whose members own about one in every two hotel properties in the United States, and AutoClerk are partnering to deliver a cloud-based PMS that can serve both independent and franchise hotels.

West Coast hotel developers face rising barriers to entry

Hotel Management·17 December 2018
Rising costs and increasingly steep barriers to entry may characterize the West Coast hotel-development landscape, but industry players still see room to cut deals—although it may take some time.

McNeill Hotel Investors acquires Home2 Suites in Mobile, Ala.

Hotel Management·17 December 2018
McNeill Hotel Investors acquired the four-story, 105-room all-suite extended-stay Home2 Suites in Mobile, Ala. The Home2 Suites Mobile is situated on the southeast quadrant of Interstate 65 and Exit 1 and consists of approximately 750 square feet of meeting space, a fitness center and an outdoor pool.

Supply growth drives down performance at Jeddah hotels

Hotel Management·14 December 2018
STR’s preliminary November data for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, indicates negative performance comparisons affected by continued supply growth.

Blackstone loans Highgate nearly $250M for Park Central buy

Hotel Management·13 December 2018
Highgate is acquiring New York's Park Central Hotel, with a little assistance from Blackstone Group via $250 million in financing.

Vancouver's Opus Hotel selects Ivy smart concierge for guests

Hotel Management·13 December 2018
Opus Vancouver in British Columbia has installed Go Moment’s smart concierge Ivy. Now, following check-in, guests staying at the luxury property are greeted by Ivy, who actively responds to common questions and personalizes their stay at every touchpoint, enabling guests to communicate with the ease of messaging.

Senslynx launches IoT bundle

Hotel Management·13 December 2018
SensLynx designed its new suite of seamless IoT products to provide a complete and easy to set-up offering. Its integrated plug-and-play bundle comes with everything needed to prevent interruption including software, hardware and connectivity, plus fully-managed services and monitoring built-in through its cloud manager services for one low monthly rate.

Nuvola achieves Oracle validated integration

Hotel Management·13 December 2018
Nuvola has achieved Oracle validated integration of its comprehensive optimization software with Oracle Hospitality Opera. The integration ensures a near-seamless, two-way operational system for the hospitality industry, enhancing information sharing between departments as well as between guests and the hotel.

Hyatt Place Chesapeake in Virginia sold to SAK Developers

Hotel Management·13 December 2018
Hunter Hotel Advisors represented an unnamed institutional seller in the sale of the Hyatt Place Chesapeake, Va., to SAK Developers, a private investment group.

JLL brokers sale of the JW Marriott Mexico City

Hotel Management·13 December 2018
Marriott International will continue to manage the hotel on behalf of an affiliate of Walton Street Capital.

Nominations open for Young Leader Award

Hotel Management·12 December 2018
The International Society of Hospitality Consultants (ISHC) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Young Leader Award to be presented in March at the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin. IHIF is organized by Questex, the parent company of Hotel Management magazine.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten to oversee TWA Hotel restaurant

Hotel Management·11 December 2018
The Paris Café is coming back to the long-shuttered TWA Flight Center terminal at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

RLH Corporation introduces housekeeping robot

Hotel Management·11 December 2018
RLH Corporation has always espoused a dedication to investing in technology. Now, the company is mobilizing its growing clout in the hospitality marketplace and its established tech spend to enhance the franchisee and guest experiences in tandem, starting with the introduction of an automated housekeeping robot. The news was unveiled at the company's annual global brand conference, held this year at The Mirage.

Report: Marriott hack could be Chinese intelligence

Hotel Management·11 December 2018
Private investigators for Marriott International have said Chinese hackers are emerging as suspects in the security breach that left the personal information of up to 500 million hotel guests exposed. In late November, Marriott disclosed that it had been the victim of what is shaping up to be the biggest data breach of all time. The breach allowed hackers unauthorized access to the Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide network starting in 2014. Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016 for $13.6 billion, creating the world’s largest hotel operator.

Fill out HM's 2019 Top Limited-Service Hotel Chains Survey

Hotel Management·11 December 2018
Hotel Management’s 2019 Top Limited-Service Hotel Chains Survey is in the works. The survey will be open until Friday, Jan. 18, and results will be published in the March issue of Hotel Management magazine.

Firmdale Hotels partners with Duetto for revenue strategy

Hotel Management·11 December 2018
Boutique hotel group Firmdale Hotels has partnered with Duetto to drive revenue and growth across its exclusive Kit Kemp-designed portfolio of 10 properties in London and New York, including the Ham Yard Hotel in London and The Whitby Hotel in New York. Firmdale is employing Duetto’s open-pricing application, GameChanger, and its product for intelligent reporting, ScoreBoard, across all Firmdale Hotels, totaling 666 rooms.

Former Nylo Dallas to convert to the Canvas Hotel

Hotel Management·10 December 2018
The former Nylo Dallas South Side is preparing to reopen as the Canvas Hotel Dallas on Jan. 1, 2019. The property will include a rooftop lounge and pool, meeting and event spaces and a new lobby restaurant. The hotel is being created and managed by Intrigue Hotels & Resorts, the independent lifestyle division of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, and is developed by co-owner Jack Matthews of Matthews Southwest.

Lawsuit alleges hotel companies conspired to avoid online competition

Hotel Management· 7 December 2018
Multiple hotel companies have been targeted in a federal lawsuit alleging they conspired to rig online search results through agreements not to compete over search terms.

Pullman expands well-being program

Hotel Management· 7 December 2018
Pullman Hotels & Resorts is expanding its wellness program in North America to encourage travelers to adapt to a healthy lifestyle, launching it at the Pullman San Francisco.

Expedia takeaway: Hotels should learn from sharing economy

Hotel Management· 6 December 2018
Hotel owners, brands and operators are missing out on the “incredible opportunity” created by the sharing economy, Expedia Group CEO Mark D. Okerstrom told attendees of the group’s two-day Explore ’18 event held here this week.

Chatham Lodging Trust acquires Dallas Courtyard for $49 million

Hotel Management· 6 December 2018
Chatham Lodging Trust, a hotel real estate investment trust focused on investing in upscale, extended-stay hotels and branded, select-service hotels, acquired the recently opened 167-room Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Dallas for $49 million, or approximately $293,000 per room. The hotel opened in September 2018.

Pantone announces color of the year, Marriott partnership

Hotel Management· 6 December 2018
Ultra Violet is dead. Long live Living Coral. Pantone has named its color of the year for 2019: Living Coral, otherwise known as Pantone 16-1546, which it describes as "vibrant, yet mellow."

Revinate unveils hotel email marketing benchmark report

Hotel Management· 6 December 2018
Revinate released its "2018 Hotel Email Marketing Benchmark Report," a free resource that helps hoteliers benchmark email marketing performance against other hotels and gain insight into how to drive more revenue from email marketing campaigns.

Maestro PMS launches secure payment portal

Hotel Management· 6 December 2018
The payment portal module connects guests online with a property to quickly make payments against their upcoming reservations.

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