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HFTP and AH&LA Partner on a New Technology
and E-business Webinar Series

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (October 27, 2011) — Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) has partnered with the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) to offer a new Technology and E-business Webinar Series. The online program is based on AH&LA’s Technology Primer documents and will consist of 12 sessions starting October 2011 and run through 2012. Each webinar is presented as a live audio, interactive session and is free to HFTP and AH&LA members. 
“The new series combines the expertise of both organizations in a format that is accessible to all of our members,” said Frank Wolfe, CAE, CEO of HFTP. “This is just one more step towards our goal to offer essential education on the industry’s most current business practices.” 
The series' topics include: 
  • Green IT 
  • An Introduction to Hotel Systems 
  • Computer System Failure Contingency Plan
  • e-Commerce
  • Food and Beverage Systems
  • Hotel Technology Infrastructure
  • PCI Compliance
  • Principles of Privacy
  • Revenue Management
  • Strategies and Tactics in System Selection
  • Telecommunications in the Hospitality Industry
  • Fundamentals of System and Data Security
(Some of these topics will be presented in two parts)
The series will integrate with HFTP’s ProLinks webinar program, which presents a new session covering key industry topics every first and third Thursday of the month. These offer HFTP members a valuable and convenient educational opportunity, including 1 CPE (continuing professional education) credit for attending the one-hour session. In addition, all webinars are archived on the HFTP web site for viewing at members’ convenience. 
“In an era of constantly evolving technology, it’s more important than ever to ensure our members stay on the cutting edge,” said AH&LA President/CEO Joe McInerney.  “These webinars make it easy to understand what’s going on and how to adapt new platforms to your property.”
To view the schedule, and to register, visit the series’ web page. For more information, contact Celina Mendieta, HFTP meetings and events manager, at, (800) 646-4387 or +1 (512) 249-5333 x20.

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 members around the globe 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. 
Serving the hospitality industry for a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.


Eliza R. Selig | Director of Communications
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) x23
Fx: +1 (512) 249-1533 |

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