Industry Update
Press Release20 June 2019

HFTP Charters New Chapter in Shanghai

The international association has established a local member group of hospitality finance and technology professionals for networking and educational opportunities

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Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) is announcing the newly-established HFTP Shanghai Chapter - the first chapter in China for the international association. The group of hospitality finance and technology professionals will meet on a regular basis to network and present professional education programs. The confirmation for the chapter came after a recent interest event featuring HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE brought together area professionals to introduce the association and its member benefits.


In response to the initial interest meeting held on May 27, 2019, Wolfe said, "It was quite an honor to have so many Chinese hotels represented in one place at one time. The hospitality of the Shanghai hospitality finance and technology community was amazing and we look forward to trading knowledge with our Far East members."

"I became acquainted with HFTP while using the USALI and found it to be a very resourceful organization, which will be useful for the hospitality finance people in China," said Renee Zhang, CFO, Jinmao (China) Hotel Investments and Management Limited. "I firmly believe that HFTP will help to provide systematic training programs and updated information on finance and technology. That's why we came up with the idea to organize the chapter in China. Once started, we will do our best to engage with hospitality finance and technology professionals, with the help of HFTP headquarters."

Local chapters help members expand their network, increase their educational opportunities and build strong connections with industry professionals. China, as a quickly expanding hospitality market, demands a professional platform that a new HFTP China chapter could help provide — bringing local professionals together, consolidating valuable resources and sharing solutions with professionals in the community.

For details on the new chapter and all HFTP chapters, contact the HFTP membership department at [email protected].

About HFTP

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) established in 1952, is an international, nonprofit association, headquartered in Austin, Texas, USA, with offices in Hong Kong, United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Dubai. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segments of the hospitality industry with members and stakeholders spanning across the globe. HFTP uniquely understands the industry's pressing issues and assists its stakeholders in finding solutions to their challenges more efficiently than any organization. It does this via its expert networks, research, certification programs, information resources and conferences/events such as HITEC. HFTP also owns the world's only hospitality-specific search engine, For more information about HFTP, email [email protected] or download the HFTP/HITEC media kit via the HFTP website. 

Barbara Semeraro
Chapter Relations Coordinator
Phone: +1 (512) 220-4037
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