Education Important Element to HFTP's Annual Convention & Tradeshow

From empowering attendees to tackling the hottest industry topics, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals' (HFTP(R)) 2009 Annual Convention & Tradeshow offers a vast spectrum of education. This year's education program includes 53 educational opportunities, six more than last year.

HFTP Along with three general sessions, the education program includes industry-specific, concurrent session tracks - club, hotel, general, technology and leadership unlimited. The 2009 Annual Convention & Tradeshow is September 16 - 19 at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.

"Attending the HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow is the best opportunity to broaden your scope of the industry, and to gain key insights into the evolution of operational, financial and technological trends, concepts and innovations," said Wayne McLellan, CHAE, 2008 attendee and senior manager of Lodging Finance for RockResorts/Vail Resorts Hospitality.

The concurrent education sessions cover topics like maximizing capital expenditures on a tight budget, marketing in a Web 2.0 world, saving money by going green, providing customer service in an organization and more. The three general sessions, presented each morning of the convention by experienced speakers, are each designed to empower attendees professionally. They cover gaining a competitive advantage, maximizing your time and infusing humor into the work environment.

New this year, bonus sessions have been added to Saturday's schedule, allowing for more education and insight into Microsoft's Office Suite. The three bonus sessions cover tips and tricks for Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook and are held Saturday afternoon after the closing general session. An additional educational opportunity is the behind the scenes tour of the resort. On Wednesday evening of the convention, knowledgeable guides will lead tours through various departments and explain what goes on behind the scenes. Some areas shown will include the spa, banquet kitchen, front desk operations, guest services, housekeeping, in-room dining, Hanks Fine Steakhouse and more. Attendance is extremely limited, so attendees should RSVP to as soon as possible.

HFTP's 2009 Annual Convention & Tradeshow offers attendees a way to find cost-effective solutions to their current work challenges, stay informed on the hottest industry topics, expand their network, increase their professional value and become empowered. For more information about the 2009 HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow, and to register, visit the conference web site or contact the HFTP Meetings & Special Events Department at, (800) 646-4387 or +1 (512) 249-5333.

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

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