HTMP NewsBites October 2017



15th Annual Florida HTMP Competition

The 15th Annual HTMP Competition will take place Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6, 2017 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.  The FRLAEF will cover some costs of the competing teams, including hotel stay and meals. Competition rules are available at the HTMP COMPETITION PAGE.

Based on feedback received after the 2017 event, the FRLAEF intends to modify the timeline for the 2018 event.  The FRLAEF’s intention is to begin the 2018 competition after lunchtime on Monday, March 5.  This will allow schools to travel in on Monday and not have to travel over the weekend.  The adjusted timeline means the competitions will end with an early evening awards dinner on Tuesday, March 6.  For schools with a long drive, the adjusted timeline may mean some teams stay overnight at the Rosen Plaza on Tuesday evening.

PARTICIPATION To be eligible to compete, the school must 1) have purchased and be using the Year One and Year Two HTMP curriculum 2) have returned a Fall HTMP Survey to FRLAEF and 3) complete the competition application. Please do not submit an application unless you meet these requirements.

CLICK HERE for the competition application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 13, 2017

APPLICANTS NOTIFIED STATUS: Friday, October 20, 2017

Mini Grants Awards–Delayed

The Mini Grants have not been awarded yet. The FRLAEF Board was scheduled to meet on September 11 during the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show.  However, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show which was postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The board will now meet on October 11 to determine the Mini Grant awards. We will notify those that applied of their status no later than October 20, 2017.

Virtual Business–Hotel

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute teamed up with Knowledge Matters to offer a virtual hotel you can use in your classroom.

Students who complete the Hotel Online simulator receive an exemption from the 100-hour internship component of the industry-recognized Certification in Hospitality Tourism and Management when they have passed both the HTMP Year 1 and Year 2 exams.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Virtual Hotel including lesson plans and pricing.

Hospitality Industry Internships

The Hospitality Industry Internship (HII) provides the opportunity for Florida HTMP instructors to work in a lodging establishment for at least 40 hours. Once the required paperwork has been processed, the participant will receive a personal check for $600 from the FRLAEF.

To qualify for an HII, the instructor must teach the HTMP curriculum during the 2017-2018 school year. If you are already employed at a restaurant or hotel, you MAY NOT use that site for your internship. The restaurant/hotel must also be a new work experience for you, not somewhere you have worked before or used as an HII internship location.

The applicant must secure a position at a foodservice or lodging facility where a minimum of 40 hours of hands-on experience is guaranteed. The host location may pay the recipient but is not required to do so.

The FRLAEF will award 11 HII’s this school year on a first-come, first-served basis. So apply NOW! Work experience may begin once the applicant receives an award notification from the FRLAEF.

CLICK HERE to apply.

Salute to Excellence Awards Dinner

The Salute to Excellence Awards will take place on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The awards dinner will recognize all Pineapple Award, Scholarship recipients and Hospitality Excellence Awardees. Registration will begin in December 2017.


The FRLAEF will award $44,000 in scholarships during the 2017-2018 school year. These scholarships will be awarded during the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Spring. The scholarship application will be available in December 2017.