HFTP Experiences Record-Breaking Membership in 2007, Including Increased International Membership

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - November 29, 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, offers 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. HFTP 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 to more than 4,600 members globally, including the premiere hospitality technology conference HITEC. HFTP also awards the certification for the Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (CHAE) and the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) designations. HFTP was founded in 1952. Contact: Fritz Johnson HFTP Chapter Relations Manager Fritz.Johnson@hftp.org 001 (512) 249-5333 x19