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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.

New wing of rooms added in Ovolo Nishi upgrade·12 December 2018
An investment of AUD$5 million will be made by Ovolo Hotels into a significant upgrade and expansion project at Ovolo Nishi in Canberra, the brand has announced.

Crowne Plaza Melbourne to donate 100,000 meals·26 November 2018
Guests checking in to Crowne Plaza Melbourne are being asked to donate 50 cents as part of their booking to help feed disadvantaged locals in a new charitable drive by the newly-refurbished hotel.

STR hotel stats (Oct 2018): ACT leads the way·21 November 2018
Canberra and the wider Australian Capital Territory emerged from the shadows and dominated key hotel performance metrics for the month of October, according to official full-month data released today from hotel market analysts STR.

Delaware North purchases SKYCITY Darwin resort·13 November 2018
US hospitality and hotel management giant Delaware North has successfully tendered as the buyer of SKYCITY Darwin in a deal worth AUD$188 million.

ARMA launches online revenue management qualification·12 November 2018
Student intakes will begin in February 2019 for a brand new tourism industry qualification focused on hotel revenue management, Torrens University Australia has announced.

HICAP hotel investment expo expands to Australia· 9 November 2018
The former annual HotelsWorld conference held each year in Sydney will be rebranded as HICAP Australia New Zealand in a major regional expansion of the popular industry event.

FIRST LOOK: Crowne Plaza Melbourne unveils $25 million refurb· 6 November 2018
Results from Phase 1 of a $25 million refurbishment at Crowne Plaza Melbourne have today been unveiled, with all 402 guest rooms now boasting a brand new, modern look.

Green light for The Star Gold Coast's $2 billion Master Plan· 2 November 2018
Investment opportunities worth more than $2 billion will be created on the Gold Coast after the Queensland Government approved The Star Entertainment Group’s Master Plan for the glitter strip and Brisbane.

Marriott putting its foodie foot forward on new dining website·30 October 2018
Profiles on more than 70 restaurants and bars across the Marriott International hotel dining portfolio in the Australia and Pacific are featured on a new dedicated gastronomy portal launched today by the global hotel juggernaut.

Discovery Rottnest Island readying for guests·29 October 2018
Bookings are now being taken at Discovery Rottnest Island – a new eco-resort offering visitors an opportunity to ‘glamp’ on the island off the coast of Perth, Western Australia.

Sofitel takes over management of Tahiti resort·17 October 2018
AccorHotels has this week assumed management control of the former Le Méridien Tahiti which has now been rebranded as the Tahiti Ia Ora Beach Resort managed by Sofitel.

Art Series Hotels is inviting guests to 'colour their stay·16 October 2018
Spray cans and masks at the ready! Contemporary accommodation brand Art Series Hotels has launched a participatory art project as part of its latest promotion where guests can literally help to paint an indoor mural.

Reward - Australia's Leading Refurbishment Company·11 October 2018
Reward is Australia’s industry leading refurbishment and fit-out company specialising in hotels and hospitality establishments. We partner with our clients to enhance the guest experience and complete projects on time and on budget.

International Hotel Leadership Professional Development· 4 October 2018
A revolutionary approach to professional development – inspiring talent and developing your future leaders Study International Hotel Leadership with the number one hotel management school in Asia-Pacific – Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School.

Hotels increasingly fine-tuning product to female tastes·28 September 2018
Initiatives ranging from specialised design features through to enhanced security are increasingly being developed and rolled out by hotels in a concerted focus to appeal to solo female travellers, according to research from Design Worldwide Partnership (DWP).

TIA calls for transparency in revamped New Zealand Visitor Levy·28 September 2018
Tourism Industry Aotearoa (TIA) has urged the New Zealand government to clearly show the proceeds raised from a new inbound tourist levy will be reinvested in improving a tourist’s experience in the country.

Exclusive video: Artyzen targets Australia as brand creates global headlines·28 September 2018
Artyzen Hospitality Group is targeting Australia for new properties as the company embarks on a robust expansion plan across the Asia-Pacific region.

InterContinental shows what's to come on Hayman Island·28 September 2018
InterContinental Hotels has set a date of 01 July 2019 on which it plans to reopen Hayman Island Resort under its own flag – a little more than two years since the island was annihilated by Cyclone Debbie.

EVENT Hotel Group adds three from 8Hotels·27 September 2018
One Sydney property and two in Perth currently managed by 8Hotels will be transferred to the management of Event Hospitality & Entertainment Limited under a deal struck this week.

Prestigious Balmain Paris Hair Couture now available in hotels·27 September 2018
Bathroom amenity supplier Vanity Group has signed a partnership to bring an exclusive global hair and skin care brand into Australian hotels.

Green light for new Gold Coast Airport hotel to build·26 September 2018
The development of a new 4.5-star hotel in the Gold Coast Airport precinct is now a step closer following approvals received this week from Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack.

IHG named sustainability leader in S&P Dow Jones index·26 September 2018
InterContinental Hotels Group has been named for a second consecutive year as the industry leader in sustainability by the S&P Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

New luxury hotel development coming to Playford, South Australia·26 September 2018
Construction will begin in January on a new 4.5-star hotel in Playford, near Adelaide.

Club Med to stamp out single-use plastic at resorts globally by 2019·26 September 2018
Having removed plastic straws from its eight Asian resorts, all-inclusive holiday resort operator Club Med has doubled-down, pledging to remove single-use plastic straws from all of its resorts globally by next year.

New owners for Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast·25 September 2018
Shakespeare Property Group has become the new owners of the Novotel Twin Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast, this week completing a $100 million transaction to acquire the property from the Abacus Property Group.

Koh Samui's The Library completes a fascinating sequel·21 September 2018
The Library has unveiled the final additions to its award-winning ‘Secret Chapters’ with the opening of The Writer and The Editor ultra-luxurious villas in September 2018 at the acclaimed Thailand property situated on Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui.


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