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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.

AAA Predicts This Will Be the Most Traveled Thanksgiving in 13 Years - Destinations· 9 November 2018
A boon for airlines, car rental providers, and Big Oil, but will hotels see a Thanksgiving travel boost, too?

Disney CEO Still Bullish on China Despite Shanghai Park Slump - Destinations· 9 November 2018
Disney had to lower ticket prices to boost attendance at its two-year-old Shanghai park, but that's not the story at most properties around the world. The company saw its overall theme park revenue jump 9 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter.

Here's Why Hyundai's Is Investing Another $250 Million in Ridehailing Service Grab - Destinations· 7 November 2018
Grab is the go-to for motor companies wanting a piece of Southeast Asia's future mobility market, as Hyundai's additional tenfold investment shows.

Ethiopia's Nascent Luxury Tourism Market Starts to Take Hold - Destinations· 6 November 2018
The question is not whether hoteliers and operators should invest in Ethiopia but what is best for Ethiopia in balancing these new demands while protecting its people and its profound history and cultures.

SeaWorld's Price-Cutting Strategy Is Fueling a Comeback - Destinations· 5 November 2018
SeaWorld is making theme park visitors an offer some apparently can't refuse: a good deal. With attendance continuing to rise and a slate of new attractions on the horizon, the operator might finally be leaving the bad times behind.

Caribbean Downplays Zika While World Health Organization Remains Concerned - Destinations· 1 November 2018
With information about zika, parents-to-be must consider the source, even now. Tourism boards exist in large part to promote visitation -- the world health organization is invested in public health, not convincing you to take a babymoon to the Caribbean.

Philippines' Boracay Island Reopens With New Rules to Help Stop Overtourism - Destinations·26 October 2018
Boracay isn't messing around anymore as it looks to turn a new leaf and keep tourism growth in check. But there are still many questions on how will the island's tourism infrastructure will help prevent overtourism.

Six Flags Is Keeping Ties to Saudi Arabia as Others Back Away - Destinations·25 October 2018
Will Six Flags face any blowback for its relationship with Saudi Arabia, even as other companies cut ties? Its theme park is set to open in 2023, so there is plenty of time to find out.

Can Bangkok Become an Arts Destination? - Destinations·23 October 2018
Art typically has to be highly interactive and publicly displayed to become the main driver in why people book a trip. Bangkok is starting to use that playbook as it seeks to build a reputation as an artsy city.

Tourists May Soon Get to Walk Across North And South Korean Border - Destinations·17 October 2018
This would be one of the most significant steps that both North and South Korea have taken to open up tourism. But allowing border crossings is anything but a done deal at this point given the rocky relations between both countries.

Natural Disasters in Japan Led to First Tourism Drop Since 2013 - Destinations·17 October 2018
With the Japanese government determined to rapidly grow tourism ahead of the fast-approaching 2020 Tokyo Olympics, we can be sure officials are doing what they can to make sure visitor numbers don't continue to tumble.

Egypt Pleads With Russia to Resume Red Sea Resort Flights - Destinations·16 October 2018
Egypt and Russia both have the motivation to restart Red Sea resort flights. Egypt has to convince Russia that its airport security upgrades have expanded beyond Cairo to popular resort destinations.

Parks Operator Merlin Starts to See Recovery in London Market - Destinations·16 October 2018
It looks like things are starting to turn around for Merlin in its key London market. We'll have to wait until its annual results later this year for the full picture.

Uber CEO and Other Business Chiefs Reconsider Ties to Saudi Arabia - Destinations·12 October 2018
This story is yet more fodder supporting one of Skift's megatrends for 2018, which was that travel brands no longer get political at their own risk -- they avoid politics at their own risk, given consumer expectations.

Special 'Parts Unknown' Episode Reflects on Anthony Bourdain's Impact on Food and Travel - Destinations·12 October 2018
We don't quite have the words to describe the overwhelming mark Bourdain left on the travel industry and world. But we will say that he helped change the conversation about what traveling should look like, what we should get out of it, and how we should feed ourselves along the way.

Meeting Planners Should Rethink Fort Worth as a Network of Creative Neighborhoods - Destinations·12 October 2018
Everyone wants to have a 'local' experience, and meeting and event attendees are no exception. Planners should look no further than Fort Worth for a destination that goes beyond the convention center.

Currency Swings Ground Argentine and Brazilian Travelers - Destinations·11 October 2018
The Dow Jones took a nosedive this week which some economist attribute to rising U.S. interest rates. The fall in stocks likely means the Argentine and Brazilian currencies are in for more instability, and that portends storm clouds for long-haul travel.

Tourist Towns Look to Tech for Shark Attack Solutions - Destinations· 9 October 2018
We welcome new technologies that promise to make it safer to swim in the ocean. But destinations need to clamp down on activity organizers that bait sharks, too.

American Airlines Looks to Latin America with New and Expanded Routes - Destinations· 8 October 2018
American Airlines is looking south with its new and expanded routes to destinations in Latin America, further securing its position as the leading U.S. airline in the region.

U.S. Interior Secretary Expected to Extend Mining Ban Near Yellowstone - Destinations· 5 October 2018
What should be an easy call to ban mining near a great natural and national wonder, Yellowstone National Park, has become a melodrama in the current political climate. An extension of the ban appears to be in the works, but it ain't over until it's over, as a wise person once said.

SeaWorld Reports Summer Attendance Spike - Destinations· 2 October 2018
SeaWorld has been making it more affordable for people to visit its parks and sweetening the deal at some locations with free beer. Those tactics seem to be working, according to preliminary figures for the summer.

UK Plans Brexit Compromise to Keep Irish Border Open For Travel - Destinations· 1 October 2018
With tourism booming in Northern Ireland thanks to the global popularity of shows like "Game of Thrones," the last thing the UK wants is for custom checkpoints to stifle any of that.

Las Vegas Tourism Industry Moves Forward One Year After Shooting - Destinations· 1 October 2018
Las Vegas' reputation as a party and entertainment capital doesn't allow for long periods of mourning. But this week the city is remembering the victims of last year's shooting in ways small and large.

Puerto Rico Uses Hurricane Headlines to Help Make It a Global Destination - Destinations·27 September 2018
When it comes to destinations post-disaster, bad publicity can usually be flipped on its head and retooled to portray an encouraging comeback story. Puerto Rico's tourism industry is on its way to such a story, not letting disaster images and videos derail its progress.

Leaning In to Find New Twists on Travel - Destinations·27 September 2018
The world is a brighter place because of travelers and millions of them increasingly want to spend their vacations doing good rather than showing off their new bathing suits or selfie sticks.

What to Expect at Skift Global Forum Sept. 27-28 - Destinations·27 September 2018
Here's everything you need to know about Skift Global Forum kicking off today in New York City. Can't make it in person? We offer the next best thing, with suggestions on how to stay on top of session topics and speaker insights over the next two days.


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