HFTP provides first class educational opportunities, research, and publications to members around the globe, 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.
In 2015, HFTP launched the first-ever hospitality industry search engine, Pineapplesearch.com. Pineapplesearch has aggregated material specific to the hospitality industry, placing importance on informational results such as white papers, articles, journals and more.