HFTP Announces an Easy Packing Program for its Annual Convention and Tradeshow

  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP)
  • 08.15.06
In response to the heightened security procedures recently implemented for airline travel, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) has implemented an easy packing program for its 2006 Annual Convention and Tradeshow.

The program includes a change to a casual dress code, expansion of onsite computer services and an online travel resource center. The event, scheduled for October 18-21 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is expected to attract more than 600 attendees traveling from many different countries.

"The primary purpose of the HFTP Annual Convention is education," said HFTP president, Ralph Miller, CA, CBV, CHA, CHAE. "Although our convention is a professional event, we want to make it as stress-free as possible for our attendees, and do our part to make worldwide travel easier."

All events for the Annual Convention and Tradeshow will be casual, with the exception of the formal President's Evening dinner and dance. Tradeshow exhibitors are also encouraged to dress casually. This change will enable attendees to pack lighter, help them clear airline security more quickly and assist airline security by reducing some of its workload.

HFTP is also increasing the hours of its onsite cybernet café and adding computers, providing attendees with better opportunities to check their e-mail and giving them the option to leave their laptops at home. Through arrangements with the host hotel, The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, attendees will also have access to the hotel's business center 24 hours per day during the convention.

"Attendees are expected this year from the European Union, Australia, United States, Caribbean and, of course, Canada," said Linnet Hosek, HFTP's Annual Convention and Tradeshow meeting manager. "Many of our attendees will have a long journey to Vancouver, so we thought it was important to develop the Easy Packing Program to reduce some of airline travel's increased complications."

Other parts of the Easy Packing Program will include an online travel resource center on the HFTP Web site. The resource center will have packing tips, links for up-to-the-minute air travel security regulations, and Vancouver weather information, formal wear rental companies, local dry cleaners and city FAQ's.

"As an organization representing members of the hospitality profession, HFTP has a duty to our industry to try new things that other organizations and hotels could adopt to make travel better," said Frank Wolfe, CAE, HFTP CEO and executive vice president. "We will continue our negotiations for additional services that we can offer, and make these known if they come to fruition."

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