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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.

  • HITEC Special: Does EU GDPR Affect U.S. Hospitality Companies?

    By Alvaro Hidalgo. The EU General Data Protection Regulation has set a path towards protecting personal data which many other countries will follow. In a global industry such as hospitality, it should be a primary objective to take the steps towards compliance.

  • HFTP Report: Hospitality Data Security — Strategy for Data Protection and Regulation Compliance

    This guide from Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP(R)) covers safeguards that can be implemented in hospitality businesses today, tips on how to continuously improve security and data regulation compliance.

  • HFTP GDPR Guidelines: Privacy Policies for Hotels

    This document offers points to consider in the development of a hotel’s privacy policy. In view of the multiple organisational and legal structures under which hotels operate, as well as the complexity of the third party landscape that may be part of the complete guest experience, this document serves as a guideline only.

The Intrinsic Value Of Wellness And Training Seminars

Hotel Interactive · 4 January 2019
One of the underlying movements within modern corporate culture has been to transform the place of work into that of a quasi-second home. Your fellow employees are not just mere colleagues, but friends and family that support your soul and not just your wallet.

The Greenwich Hospitality Group (GHG) Completes $23.2 million Acquisition Of West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort

Hotel Interactive · 4 January 2019
The Greenwich Hospitality Group (GHG) today announced its acquisition of West Bay Beach Holiday Inn Resort in Traverse City, Michigan for $23.2 million. The 179-room full service waterfront resort, originally built in 1968, is located on the West Bay in downtown Traverse City. The purchasing entity, DELAMAR Traverse City, LLC, consists of mostly Michiganders with multi-generational ties to Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. Greenwich Hospitality Group owns and manages hotels in Connecticut, Texas, and Vermont.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts Assumes Direct Responsibility Of Brand In Mexico

Hotel Interactive · 3 January 2019
Best Western® Hotels & Resorts today announced that it has assumed direct responsibility for the Best Western brand in Mexico & Central America and surrounding countries (collectively, “Mexico”). Best Western will now operate on a property direct relationship (“PDR”) with Best Western branded hotels in Mexico, all of which remain independently owned and operated. The transition to direct responsibility of the brand in Mexico will result in focused brand-level efforts and increased synergy and efficiency across Mexico, South America, and Central America.

Shaner Hotels Receives Multiple Accolades During Marriott CONNECT Conference

Hotel Interactive ·21 December 2018
The Shaner Hotel Group, one of the hospitality industry’s leading owner-operators of full- and select-service hotels, today announced that the company received three of Marriott International’s top awards during the franchisor’s CONNECT Conference held Dec. 17-19 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis in California.

Choice Hotels Inks Mid-Atlantic Multi-Unit Conversion Agreement

Hotel Interactive ·20 December 2018
Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) has signed an agreement with Hammock Worldwide Hotels & Resorts to convert and open eight Choice-branded properties across the Mid-Atlantic region.

AAHOA President And CEO Chip Rogers To Step Down

Hotel Interactive ·19 December 2018
The Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA) announced today that Chip Rogers will step down as President and CEO to pursue an opportunity as President and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). Rogers will work with AAHOA’s leadership through early 2019 to ensure an effective transition and the success of ongoing projects and relationships.

Hospitality Ventures Adds Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach To Growing Portfolio Of Managed Properties

Hotel Interactive ·18 December 2018
Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG), an Atlanta-based, private hotel investment, ownership and management company, announced the company has taken over management of the 200-room Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach (918 N. Atlantic Avenue). The hotel, which opened in early 2018, is owned by Summit Hospitality Management Group.

Curio Collection By Hilton Celebrates Monumental Year Of Global Growth

Hotel Interactive ·18 December 2018
From resorts in the Caribbean to unique hotels in booming destinations, such as Reykjavik, Iceland, Asheville, North Carolina and Xiamen, China, Curio Collection by Hilton celebrated many milestones in 2018. The brand is set to maintain this momentum into 2019 with a number of one-of-a-kind hotels forecast to open, continuing to meet the needs of leisure and business travelers around the world.

McNeill Hotel Investors Acquires Home2 Suites By Hilton Mobile

Hotel Interactive ·17 December 2018
McNeill Hotel Investors (“McNeill”) announced today the acquisition of the 4-story, 105-room all-suite extended stay Home2 Suites Mobile (AL), adding to the company’s growing portfolio. The announcement was made by Phillip McNeill, Jr., the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

MCR Acquires The Hilton Garden Inn Near Denver

Hotel Interactive ·14 December 2018
You herd it here first: MCR, the sixth-largest hotel owner-operator in the United States, has acquired the 157-room Hilton Garden Inn Denver South Park Meadows Area.

Hotel Equities Selected To Manage Four Points By Sheraton In St. Louis/Fairview Heights

Hotel Interactive ·14 December 2018
Hotel owner, operator and developer Hotel Equities (HE) announced its appointment as the management firm for the Four Points by Sheraton St. Louis-Fairview Heights. The 120-room hotel with 11,000 square feet of event space is located at 319 Fountains Parkway. The hotel is owned by Cloud 9 Hospitality, LLC.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts Inks Management Agreements With Three Salt Lake City Properties

Hotel Interactive ·10 December 2018
Interstate Hotel & Resorts unveils the addition of three new premium branded hotels to its growing portfolio – the Courtyard by Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown, Hyatt House Salt Lake City/Downtown and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Salt Lake City Downtown in Salt Lake City, Utah. The three new management contracts follow Interstate’s news of momentum in Europe, opening the first Staybridge SuitesÒ in the Netherlands.

McNeil Hotel Investors Acquires Hilton Garden Inn Beavertown

Hotel Interactive ·10 December 2018
McNeill Hotel Investors (“McNeill”) announced today the acquisition of the 4-story, 150-room Hilton Garden Inn Beaverton, adding to the company’s growing portfolio. The announcement was made by Phillip McNeill, Jr., the company’s Chief Executive Officer.

21c Museum Hotels Begins Renovation Of The James Hotel In Chicago

Hotel Interactive · 6 December 2018
21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant group, will begin the renovation of The James Hotel located at 55 E Ontario Street in downtown Chicago. The property officially closed today for renovation. 21c Museum Hotel Chicago, expected to open in the fall of 2019, is a combination boutique hotel, multi-venue contemporary art museum and independently branded, chef-driven restaurant.

Assessing Outsourcing Options

Hotel Interactive · 4 December 2018
When does it "make sense" for a hotel owner or management firm to use its own staff for a property’s ancillary operations as opposed to outsourcing them to third-parties?

Winston Hotels, LLC Formed To Develop/Acquire Hotels

Hotel Interactive ·28 November 2018
Three seasoned hotel executives with a combined 80 years of hotel, development, acquisition and management experience today announced the formation of Winston Hotels, LLC to develop and acquire hotels across the U.S.

Interstate Hotels & Resorts Continues Management Agreement With Pittsburgh Airport Marriott

Hotel Interactive ·28 November 2018
Interstate Hotels & Resorts, a leading powerhouse in third-party hotel and resort management, has been selected to continue successful management of the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, recently acquired by investment subsidiaries of Colony Credit Real Estate, Inc.

The White House Historical Association Partners With Historic Hotels Of America

Hotel Interactive ·27 November 2018
The White House Historical Association has partnered with Historic Hotels of America®, an official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to provide benefits for members of both organizations. Members of the White House Historical Association will receive up to 30% off best available rates when booking with HistoricHotels.org. Members of Historic Hotels of America will receive a discount on the 2018 Official White House Christmas Ornament from the White House Historical Association.

Third Quarter Marked By Growth And Milestones For All Suites Brands By Hilton

Hotel Interactive ·26 November 2018
The All Suites brands by Hilton, consisting of Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and Home2 Suites by Hilton, are in the midst of one of their most successful years on record. To date, the year has been marked by rapid growth across all three brands and numerous milestones including the opening of the 1,000th All Suites property, unveiling of the category’s first modular build hotel, and being part of Hilton’s first opened tri-branded property. In fact, by the end of the third quarter, the brands had already surpassed their growth goals for 2018 and are on pace to end the year with a pipeline of over 580 pending properties.

Conrad Hotels & Resorts Announces The Signing Of Conrad Marjan Island

Hotel Interactive ·26 November 2018
Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton’s (NYSE:HLT) global luxury hotel brand, today announced the signing of Conrad Marjan Island Resort, marking Hilton’s ever-growing presence in the UAE. Expected to open in 2022, the Conrad property is located on Treasure Island, one of the five man-made islands that makes up the cluster of Marjan Islands located to the west of Ras Al Khaimah.

broughtonHOTELS Awarded As HSMAI's "Best of the Best" Hotel Management Company Of The Year 2018

Hotel Interactive ·21 November 2018
broughtonHOTELS has been named Hotel Management Company of the Year 2018 at HSMAI LA Chapter’s 4th Annual Best of the Best Hotel Awards Gala honoring the best and brightest in the hospitality industry. The event took place in the breathtaking Ecosystems Gallery at California Science Center.

Elevated Experience?

Hotel Interactive ·19 November 2018
HX: The Hotel Experience is in the midst of a metamorphosis. The 2018 event was truncated into a two-day event following Hospitality Management Group’s (HMG) acquisition of the show from its former co-owners, the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Hotel Association of New York City and the New York State Hospitality and Tourism Association last year when the latter three organizations were simultaneously bought out of the accompanying industry show, Boutique Design New York (BDNY) by HMG, a division of ST Media Group.

Acquisition Financing Secured For Holiday Inn Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

Hotel Interactive ·19 November 2018
Invesco Real Estate, a global real estate investment manager, and JLL’s Hotels & Hospitality group announced the closing of an acquisition and renovation loan for the buyer of the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco. The 243-key hotel is located in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf submarket and will be repositioned as a Kimpton-branded luxury boutique hotel.

Delta Hotels Chesapeake Norfolk Completes Top-To-Bottom Renovation

Hotel Interactive ·16 November 2018
Delta Hotels Chesapeake Norfolk has concluded a total renovation, featuring contemporary design elements and stylish new features. Redefining modern comfort, the new design includes reimagined rooms and suites, showcasing expansive floor plans, along with chic decor and ultra-plush bedding. Every room also includes well-lit, movable smart desks, mini-refrigerators, and safes along with complimentary high-speed wireless internet. For our Platinum Rewards Members, Delta Chesapeake Norfolk features a 24/7 Pantry offering healthy snacks, beverages and expresso.

Taking On Seasonal Transitions

Hotel Interactive ·15 November 2018
While many travelers and hotels are gearing up for winter, it wasn’t too long ago when the fall season began. Of course, fall is the time when leaves turn and kids go back to school. For hotels and resorts, particularly those in mountain states and Northern states, fall is moving season—the time when it’s important for properties to seamlessly transition operations from summer to winter.

Margaritaville Holdings And Premier Development Group Sign Agreement For New Destination Resort

Hotel Interactive ·14 November 2018
Margaritaville Holdings and Premier Development Group today announced that they have entered into a partnership to develop a new destination resort on the sugar sand beaches of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Sprawling more than 13 acres in Panama City Beach, the new Margaritaville Beach Resort will feature a full-service hotel, innovative amenity park, function space, several signature Margaritaville food and beverage concepts, retail, residential properties for sale and more. The resort is expected to begin a phased opening in Spring 2021.

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