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  • Members Only: 2018 HFTP Compensation and Benefits Report

    By Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA. Results to the biannual survey conducted by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP). Information includes data on compensation and benefits trends for finance and technology professionals in the club and lodging industries.

  • Countdown to Opportunity: The Club & Hotel Controllers Conference 2018

    Written By: Laura Resco, official event guest blogger for the HFTP Club and Hotel Controllers Conference 2018 - One of the most important jobs of a graduate student is to produce original research that furthers the existing knowledge within an industry.

  • Primary Club Metrics

    Survey results identify which metrics are most often used to determine performance. By Agnes DeFranco, Ed.D., CHAE; Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA; and Amanda Belarmino

  • Job Description Template: Club Accounting Positions

    The HFTP Americas Research Center has developed example job descriptions for club accounting positions. The process involved reviewing sample job descriptions, and compiling the information into standardized job descriptions.

Unique Boutique Hotels in Detroit

Cvent Hospitality Blog·19 September 2018
In Detroit, it’s revival time, with a revitalized downtown and restored vibrancy. Home to one of the largest theater districts in the country, four pro sports teams just blocks from one another, and world-class cultural attractions, the city is on the move. It’s no wonder Detroit and its surrounding suburbs are experiencing a boom in boutique hotels — hotels that represent the unique architecture and history of the city while immersing travelers into the local culture.

10 Reasons to Choose Virginia's Blue Ridge for Your Next Meeting

Cvent Hospitality Blog·19 September 2018
Not only will the services and expertise of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge and the local hospitality industry make it easy on the planner, attendees will be excited to visit a destination with such a great combination of first-class facilities, scenic beauty, and leisure activities. These are the 10 reasons you should choose to have your next meeting in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

Other Names for Event Planners

Cvent Hospitality Blog·18 September 2018
It’s no secret that event planners have a stressful job. In fact, event planner has actually been ranked as one of the most stressful jobs in the world, alongside careers like Air Traffic Control. Seriously, it’s true.
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Berlin: The No. 1 destination for last-minute events in November

Cvent Hospitality Blog·14 September 2018
Berlin is in its highest season of the year in September and October, groaning from one fair and event to another. What an ease when November is here — time for your short-term meetings, with fair prices and high availability.
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Hilton Head Island: The No. 1 Destination for Meetings and Conventions

Cvent Hospitality Blog·14 September 2018
It’s no wonder that readers of Travel + Leisure magazine voted Hilton Head Island the No. 1 island in the continental U.S. for the third year in a row. It’s not only a haven for vacationers; the Southern retreat is also an idyllic spot to hold your next meeting or convention.
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Unlock Better Room Block Management with Cvent Passkey

Cvent Hospitality Blog·10 September 2018
Room block management is a painful part of the event planning process. It involves tedious back and forth between the planner and hotel venues. Information passed manually is insecure, posing a great deal of information risk. Human error leads to incorrect reservations and annoyed attendees. And planners cannot manage their attrition commitments.
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Our Customers Know Very Well What They Want

Cvent Hospitality Blog· 6 September 2018
The number of visitors to Czech hotels has grown dramatically for five years in a row. Last year, a record 14 million people were accommodated in the country. Based on the statistics, the attractiveness of the Czech Republic for major international conferences will grow significantly again next year. In order to satisfy the demand and provide the best experience to guests, InterContinental Prague hotel is starting one of the greatest room renovations in its history.

Make the Setting of Your Next Meeting Inspirational: Make It Boston

Cvent Hospitality Blog·31 August 2018
Boston is one of the most dynamic cities in the world, thanks to its rich network of colleges, world-class research hospitals, biotech infrastructure, life-sciences startups, and fertile ground for venture capital. The city incubates innovation, and events hosted in Boston absorb this spirit. The city also fosters robust conversation. Planners can expect the Boston’s undercurrent of innovation to influence their sessions, panels, breakouts, and plenary events.

Why Should You Work With a Convention and Visitors Bureau?

Cvent Hospitality Blog·31 August 2018
Need to know the ins and outs of a destination? Are you are missing out on opportunities that can create a much better experience for you and your attendees? Your destination’s convention and visitors bureau (CVB) is ready to serve as an official point of contact for meeting and convention planners — offering a more streamlined way to plan any size event. CVBs are the local experts, with comprehensive contacts and relationships with hotels, event spaces, service providers, and more.
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In Hotel Marketing, Not Just Any Old Video Will Do

Cvent Hospitality Blog·29 August 2018
Today's marketers can -- and do -- quickly and easily capture and produce video content, thanks to tools such as smartphones and channels like Facebook and Instagram. But despite that, production values still matter, especially in B2C markets such as travel and hospitality.
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How to Pick a Menu Everyone Can Enjoy

Cvent Hospitality Blog·28 August 2018
Events involve a lot of food and that’s not a secret. But how does juggling the menu properly play into the overall event experience?
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Enjoy a Welcoming Stay at Grand Hotel Guayaquil

Cvent Hospitality Blog·27 August 2018
Welcome' is more than just a word at Grand Hotel Guayaquil. This one-of-a-kind hotel in Guayaquil has an amazing staff and ambiance that makes you feel special throughout your stay. Visitors looking to have a great time at this tropical getaway -- which boasts of lush Pacific beaches and the beautiful volcanic Gal!pagos Islands -- must pick this Ascend Hotel Collection member, that happens to be one of the best accommodations in the city.
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Experience Your Next Fabulous Event in Granbury

Cvent Hospitality Blog·27 August 2018
Considered by many to be one of the most charming towns in south Texas, Granbury boasts of a unique culture, deep Texas history and southern hospitality. With year-round live performances, annual festivals, downtown nightlife and much more, the excitement in Granbury seems to never end.
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No. 1 Meeting Destination in Middle East and Africa: Dazzling Dubai

Cvent Hospitality Blog·27 August 2018
Apart from being a home to luxury, a breeding ground for innovation, a dream haven for shoppers, a cultural odyssey and a paradise of nocturnal fun, the thriving city of Dubai is also an unparalleled choice of destination for organizing meetings and events. This emirate city offers a flourishing MICE market, attracting thousands of meeting and event planners from across the world.
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5 Fun Cocktails to Have at Your Next Event

Cvent Hospitality Blog·21 August 2018
Hosting events gets tricky when you boil down all the details, and as the planner, you have to juggle everything from the keynote speaker to the bar style. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you realize just how many things there are to set in order.
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Cvent CONNECT 2018: Top 5 Takeaways

Cvent Hospitality Blog·21 August 2018
With over 4,000 attendees, Cvent CONNECT 2018 was our biggest yet! The conference focused on the importance of The Power of Live, or the power of meeting in-person. It continues to be unmatched by any other sales and marketing tactic. The conference had some updates about how we’re improving our platform to power and support all of your events, no matter the size or complexity–as well as key industry trends, training camps, and more. Here’s a quick look at our top 5 takeaways.
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Stay One More Day: 5 Ways to Relax in Detroit

Cvent Hospitality Blog·20 August 2018
Whether you’ve just finished up a business meeting or you need another day of vacation, make a last-minute travel decision and stay an extra day in Detroit to rest and recharge before you return to your daily grind. We have five ideas to help you spend a day relaxing in the city. You won’t regret it.

Marketing vs. Events: Who Owns What?

Cvent Hospitality Blog·17 August 2018
We’ve recently written a number of posts on how events fit into the marketing mix and how event management technology should be positioned as a part of your marketing technology stack. But when it comes to event execution, where does event planning leave off and marketing begin? At Cvent CONNECT, Amanda Young, Global Meeting Operations at GE, explored the relationship between marketers and event planners in her session, Marketing vs. Events: Who Owns What?

Introducing the Cvent Hospitality Customer Advisory Board

Cvent Hospitality Blog·16 August 2018
Cvent is proud to partner with hotels and destinations to help them drive profitable group and corporate travel business. Like any good partner, we know that listening to our customers is essential to delivering for them. That is what the Cvent Hospitality Customer Advisory Board (HCAB) is all about.

How to Pick the Perfect Attendee Gift for Any Event

Cvent Hospitality Blog·16 August 2018
Everyone loves receiving gifts and your event attendees are no different. Your goal as the planner is to use a gift to your advantage and make a positive lasting impression. This seems easy - it isn't. Trust me, I've been there.

Better Than SEO: How to Get Referral Links

Cvent Hospitality Blog·16 August 2018
Search engine It's no secret that websites represent the largest hub for most hospitality organizations' marketing activities, and search engine optimization (SEO) is a popular tactic for driving traffic to those websites. But SEO isn't the only - or the best - way to attract readers to your site.

Revolutionize Your Next Corporate Retreat

Cvent Hospitality Blog·14 August 2018
With championship golf, an upscale spa, award-winning restaurants and accommodations, and so much more, there’s no better place for corporate or leisure travel than Colonial Williamsburg Resorts.

Survey Basics: Types of Surveys

Cvent Hospitality Blog·14 August 2018
Surveys might seem effortless, as if they take no time to create. If you’ve ever built a survey, you know that’s not the case. Surveys, research, and data get complicated quickly. If you don’t work with research often or are new to it, it’s overwhelming.

Loews Hotels & Co.: 24 Hotels and Growing

Cvent Hospitality Blog·13 August 2018
Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels & Co. is a hospitality company rooted in family heritage in the hotel industry and excellence in service.

Meet in Breckenridge - It's More Than Just a Ski Town

Cvent Hospitality Blog· 9 August 2018
The town of Breckenridge, Colorado, is a stone’s throw away from one of the most popular ski resorts in the United States. While Breckenridge is indeed a mecca for skiing and snowboarding, that makes up only a small fraction of what this magical place nestled in the Rocky Mountains has to offer groups. Discover what makes Breckenridge a first-rate destination for your meeting or conference. Here are five ways that Breckenridge is more than just a ski town.
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Live Webinar: See How We've Enhanced Your Favorite Cvent Products!

Cvent Hospitality Blog· 9 August 2018
Have you checked out the latest updates to your favorite Cvent products yet? Want to learn more about them? Join us for an upcoming webinar where you’ll hear from our Product Management team who will discuss in detail how these recent, and major, product updates were made with you in mind!

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