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Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
Reaches 4,700 Members in 50 Countries

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (November 28, 2007) - Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) ended the association’s fiscal year on October 31 with over 4,700 registered members in 50+ countries. This is the highest HFTP membership statistic recorded. HFTP had over 950 new members, a 24 percent increase in new members for 2007, compared to 2006. International membership also saw a major increase with a 234 percent increase in new members from outside the US.

“The growth in international membership, as well as membership in general, is very gratifying,” said Anna McFarland, CPA, CFE, CHAE, CHTP, HFTP President and senior director of finance at Accor North America – Business and Leisure Hotels. “A goal of the HFTP board is to expand its presence internationally. To follow-through, the association has enacted numerous programs that would provide substantial benefits, regardless of a professional’s locale. Implementation of expanded online resources, as well as adding regional professional development seminars offer our members a variety of ways to meet career goals. The membership growth demonstrates that these efforts are a move in the right direction.”

HFTP is an association dedicated to providing its members with the highest quality hospitality finance and technology information. HFTP membership offers hospitality professionals a global network of peers, multiple continuing education opportunities and professional development resources. 

“HFTP provides an opportunity for members to learn, connect and succeed,” said Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP. “HFTP is a great way for professionals in the hospitality financial and technology industries to stand out among colleagues by utilizing HFTP membership benefits.”

Members make personal connections, cultivate careers, find answers and stay informed through HFTP. Member benefits include award-winning publications, industry research, online networking tools, chapter affiliation, discounted registration fees to HFTP conferences and events, career advancement opportunities and much more. 

If you have any questions, contact the Membership Department at membership@hftp.org, (800) 646-4387 or 001 (512) 249-5333 x19. 
HFTP, Austin, Texas, USA and Maastricht, The Netherlands, founded in 1952, is the global professional association for financial and technology personnel working in hotels, clubs and other hospitality-related businesses. HFTP provides first class educational opportunities, research, and publications to more than 4,700 members globally including, the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC--founded in 1972. HFTP also awards the only hospitality specific certifications for accounting and technology ---the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in the USA as the National Association of Hotel Accountants. For more information, visit www.hftp.org.

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Contact:

Katy Walterscheidt
Communications Specialist
Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals
11709 Boulder Lane, Ste. 110
Austin, TX 78726-1832
Phone: 001 (512) 249-5333 (Extension 27)
www.hftp.org

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Also See: HFTP Installs 2007-08 Executive Committee and Board of Directors; Anna McFarland Appointed HFTP President / November 2007
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