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  • 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.

  • HITEC Special: Revenue Strategy: Not Just a Fancy New Name for Revenue Management

    By Cindy Estis Green. A strategic view of revenue calls for proactive business mix planning and decision-making around deployed resources, well beyond reacting to what comes over the transom. Excerpt from the 2018 HITEC Bytes Special Report.

Sofitel takes over management of Tahiti resort·5h
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.

Tourism boost as Qantas and Cathay Pacific announce new partnership·21 September 2018
Australia’s hotel industry is set to benefit from a new codeshare agreement between Qantas and Cathay Pacific. The codeshare agreement will see Qantas add its code to Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon’s services within Asia from Hong Kong to 10 cities across India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and on Cathay Pacific’s long-haul services from Hong Kong to Perth and Cairns.

Wyndham supports Indonesian earthquake victims in Lombok·21 September 2018
Wyndham Destinations has donated more than 56 million Indonesian Rupiah of aid and essentials to three villages in Lombok affected by recent earthquakes and is encouraging global businesses in Indonesia to do the same.

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific wins major ATHOC Awards·21 September 2018
Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has claimed three Australian Timeshare Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) Awards, with teams from the Gold Coast and Fiji and a Queensland resort manager picking up major accolades.

Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney raises over $54,000 for charity·21 September 2018
Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is celebrating after a successful night at their recent 8th Annual Gala night (Sep 7). Held at The Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney in the prestigious Marble Room, the event was hosted by MC Gareth McCray OAM, widely known from 2CH radio and featured Catherine Alcorn and junior violinist, Anastasia Hibbard for the night’s entertainment.

Tourism Australia signs major MICE deal in China·19 September 2018
Tourism Australia and China Southern Airlines have signed a three-year Memorandum of Understanding to specifically develop the business event travel sector in China.

The Ritz-Carlton launches experiential dining experience across Asia-Pacific·19 September 2018
The Ritz-Carlton is inviting guests to indulge their culinary senses at its first Stellar Dining Series, where Michelin-star chefs, mixologists and patissiers will tour four of Asia Pacific’s gourmet cities from November 1 until December 1, 2018.

Upcoming Westin Brisbane's pop-up flying yoga studio·19 September 2018
In preparation for its opening in November, Marriott International has launched a unique pop-up for The Westin Brisbane.

Final 10 tables on sale for the 2018 HM Awards gala presentation dinner·22 August 2018
Just 10 tables remain on sale for the 2018 HM Awards presented by Sealy Posturepedic gala presentation dinner, with the event expected to sell out this week.

Burgeoning ACT hotel group Abode rebrands as Iconic Hotels·22 August 2018
Independent hotel group Abode Group, part of A.C.T construction and development firm Geocon, has signalled its expansion in the Australian Capital Territory by announcing an organisational restructure and new name for its growing collection of hotels.

Ibis Hotels rolls out flexible stay offerings for touring artists·21 August 2018
Features such as flexible check-in and check-out are among a menu of perks available to travelling musicians and artists from Ibis Hotels Australia in a new push for the Economy brand to the music and live performance sector.


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