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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.

Analysts watch cautiously as Travelport heads back to private equity

PhocusWire·18 December 2018
Travelport's decision to come off the public financial markets via a sale to private equity has drawn a lukewarm reaction to its long-term future.

Will airline growth be dependent on mobile and smart technology?

PhocusWire·18 December 2018
With passenger numbers set to double over the next twenty years, the aviation industry will need to keep up with the demands of an increasingly connected and tech-savvy traveler.

Marriott cyber breach shows industry's hospitality to hackers

PhocusWire·18 December 2018
For now, there are more questions than answers regarding Marriott's announcement of a far-reaching breach of the Starwood guest reservation database.

Intermediary growth, consolidation and more hotel distribution trends for 2019

PhocusWire·18 December 2018
Consolidation among hotel groups, a slowdown in the alternative accommodations space and airline websites selling hotel inventory were trends seen in 2018 that will continue into 2019. As the year comes to an end, Hotelbeds is sharing insights on those topics and more in its review of 2018 and forecast for 2019.

XTrader - Summit pitch at Phocuswright 2018

PhocusWire·18 December 2018
XTrader offers connected TV and digital video as customer acquisition channels in China.

PhocusWire's newsmakers of the year 2018

PhocusWire·17 December 2018
The profile of a brand in travel - and the perception of it from consumers and industry peers - is mostly generated over the course of certain events or a period of time.

Amadeus and Points International integrate tech to boost airline loyalty offering

PhocusWire·17 December 2018
Amadeushas partnered withPoints Internationalenabling the integration of its technology with existing loyalty management systems from the distribution giant.

VIDEO: Culture Trip on disruption, its OTA plans and "tech-enabled creativity"

PhocusWire·17 December 2018
Where in the Power Paradox does a travel content site fit in? Dr. Kris Naudts, founder and CEO of Culture Trip, believes a content site such as his is well-placed to disrupt the top of the funnel.

TripElephant - Summit pitch at Phocuswright 2018

PhocusWire·17 December 2018
TripElephant is a digital search marketing optimization tool. It creates, manages and optimizes search campaigns for travel clients of any size and scope.

Airbnb boosts hotel visibility with homepage refresh, new filter

PhocusWire·14 December 2018
Airbnb is pushing its hotels business by featuring a "Boutique Hotels" category on its homepage and by including hotels in its space type filter.

QOTW: Something about speaking up for voice

PhocusWire·14 December 2018
Voice-powered user interfaces will never get even a fraction of the adoption for commerce that the humble but ubiquitous mouse and keyboard command today.

Travel startup investments 2018 - a year in review

PhocusWire·14 December 2018
Despite the powerful presence of established players, many of which have seemingly cornered various sectors, the eagerness to support new businesses never appears to subside in travel.

Gaps remain in vacation rental tech sector as managers seek more from systems

PhocusWire·14 December 2018
Vacation rental property managers want to offer more services that are currently not integrated within the technologies they use.

VIDEO: Hopper on growth, the impact of NDC and the value of being app-only

PhocusWire·14 December 2018
2018 was a big year for Hopper. The app-only price prediction and booking platform picked up $100 million in Series D funding in October and rolled out its hotel service to more than 40 markets.

Perfect Price - Summit pitch runner-up at Phocuswright 2018

PhocusWire·14 December 2018
The dynamic pricing platform that uses AI and machine learning to maximize profitability in an increasingly digital world.

GuestReady grows European presence with new acquisition and partnership

PhocusWire·13 December 2018
London-based GuestReady is expanding its portfolio of European short-term rentals through deals with providers in Portugal and France.

SunExpress claims first for flight booking service via Alexa

PhocusWire·13 December 2018
SunExpress is enabling customers to search for and book flights via Amazon Alexa. The Germany-based airline is using technology from InteRES to enable the service which also allows customers to pay via Amazon Pay.

Who holds the best hand in the battle for tours, activities and experiences?

PhocusWire·13 December 2018
Many years in the making, the online tours, activities and experiences category finally started heating up in 2018. Major online travel companies including, Expedia, TripAdvisor and Airbnb have assembled large teams and made significant acquisitions in the space, while private companies including GetYourGuide ($170 million), Klook ($296 million) and Tiqets ($45 million) have raised large rounds of funding.

Hertz enables biometric check-out for car rentals

PhocusWire·13 December 2018
Hertz plans to offer fast check-out lanes powered by biometrics at more than 40 airports by the end of next year.

STARTUP STAGE: Travel Ads Network helps publishers monetize travel content

PhocusWire·13 December 2018
Founded in 2017, Travel Ads Network uses machine learning to know which brand and product will convert best based on publishers' traffic and brands' conversion data sets. Partners include Expedia, and Klook.

Airside Mobile - Summit pitch runner-up at Phocuswright 2018

PhocusWire·13 December 2018
Airside's new privacy-by-design, consumer-centric ID platform offers a faster path to deploying biometrics in travel.

Google acquires up Indian rail app Where Is My Train?

PhocusWire·12 December 2018
Googleis well known for snapping up the teams behind various cogs in the wheel of the travel industry - and this week it has flexed its muscles once again.

Sentiment versus sentient: Taking conversational AI further in travel

PhocusWire·12 December 2018
Artificial intelligence applications that are currently being used in the travel and hospitality industries boast a myriad of benefits - from booking flights and hotels to organizing a traveler’s itinerary or suggesting places to visit - all through the platform of your choice.

A review of 2018, a preview for what's next: Voice technology

PhocusWire·12 December 2018
To provide a look ahead on this topic, Say It Now CEO Charlie Cadbury offers his take on the top five developments in voice technology he expects to see in 2019.

Rentals United - Summit pitch runner-up at Phocuswright 2018

PhocusWire·12 December 2018
The vacation rental industry is drawing off new tech such as this advanced automation platform, something it claims the sector has ever seen.

VIDEO: MakeMyTrip and Yatra on the future of the Indian travel market

PhocusWire·11 December 2018
Cheap smart phones, cheap data and a proliferation of mobile payment options are spurring massive adoption of mobile shopping in India.


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