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HFTP's Annual Convention & Tradeshow
"New to Industry Education Scholarship" Deadline is August 1, 2009

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (July 16, 2009) — With budgets tight and spending minimal, it can be hard to find the funding for continuing education, which is essential to surviving difficult economic times. To combat those hurdles, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is offering a New to Industry Education Scholarship for HFTP's 2009 Annual Convention & Tradeshow . The selected recipient of this scholarship is eligible to receive a limited travel expense reimbursement and one full conference complimentary registration to attend the convention.
"The New to Industry Education Scholarship is a unique opportunity for those starting their career in the industry to get acquainted with the biggest issues in the industry, which are discussed at HFTP conferences," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP. "We want them to start off their career in the right direction — with quality education and networking — so that they can succeed in the industry for years to come."
All HFTP members that have been in the hospitality industry less than three years and currently work for a hospitality organization, such as lodging, food and beverage, and recreational services are eligible to apply. The application includes two essay questions and requires two letters of recommendation — one from a boss and one from a colleague.
HFTP awarded a similar scholarship earlier this year for the 2009 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC®). “The New to Industry HITEC Scholarship contributed significantly to my understating of hospitality technology by providing an opportunity to see the latest trends in hospitality technology, meet vendors that could offer solutions and network with peers. I was able to ask questions and seek advice from industry professionals and informed vendors,” said Jesse Simms, the HITEC scholarship recipient and manager of Resort Technical Support Services for ResortCom International, LLC. “I am now more confident and better equipped to face the challenges ahead. I appreciate the investment HFTP made in me and I look forward to being more involved with the organization.”

The 2009 Annual Convention & Tradeshow is September 16 – 19 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, Nev. The application deadline for the Annual Convention & Tradeshow scholarship is August 1. For more information, contact Bryan Wood at or (800) 646-4387 or +1 (512) 249-5333 x29.

About HFTP
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 4,800 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 .


Katy Walterscheidt | Media/Public Relations Specialist
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
11709 Boulder Ln, Ste 110
Austin, TX USA 78726-1832
Ph: +1 (512) 249-5333 | (800) 646-4387 (US) x27
Fx: +1 (512) 249-1533

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