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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 10th, 2017

The Battle of Reports Continues [Short-Term Rentals]. By now, most everyone is likely aware of the AHLA funded study recently conducted by CBRE’s hotel division of Airbnb and its whole-unit / multi-unit hosts. The resulting...more

Monthly Update—Australian Labour & Employment - February 2017

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR - In this edition of the Update, we discuss two significant developments that are likely to have far-reaching impacts for employers and employees across Australia. First, we discuss the proposed...more

Terrorist Attacks: The importance of adequate security measures at hotels

Hotels are targets for terrorists due to the likely presence of foreign tourists and the consequent possibility of impacting multiple nations with one attack. We blogged...more

Web Exclusive: Preparing For Increased OSHA Enforcement In The Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry is both a major employer and economic driver in the United States. Yet, historically, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been less than hospitable to the multi-billion dollar...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 3rd, 2017

La Quinta Expands Loyalty Program [OTA]. La Quinta is the latest chain to announce significant revisions to its loyalty program (La Quinta Returns). Similar to the recently announced changes by Hilton to its Hilton Honors, La...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Feb. 24th, 2017

This week’s client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending February 24, 2017 is below. Several interesting OTA stories this week, including an update on another Seattle-based travel distribution company, Utrip....more

Top 20 Immigration Compliance Tips For Hospitality Employers

Recent events have made clear that immigration compliance will be a main focus for the Trump administration. The hospitality industry has always been a target for such investigations and we expect the scrutiny to increase in...more

EU May Reinstate Visas Requirement for U.S. Tourists and Business Visitors

While the U.S. travel, tourism, and hospitality industries worry about deleterious effects from President Donald Trump’s clampdown on immigration, including the travel ban, the European Union has its own, similar concerns...more

Trump Administration Immigration Actions’ Disproportionate Impact on Certain Industries

The food, construction, and healthcare sectors are concerned about fallout from the crackdown on immigration called for in Secretary John Kelly’s Implementation Memos, President Donald Trump’s travel ban, and possible new...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Feb. 10th, 2017

This week’s client OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending February 10, 2017 is below. A few more stories in this week’s update in comparison to the last few weeks of update. Plus, given the increasing importance of...more

Hotel Lawyer: Where is the hospitality industry headed in 2017?

The Lodging Industry Investment Council (LIIC) met in Los Angeles during the American Lodging Investment Summit 2017 and our friends from Hotel News Now (HNN) were on the scene. Some of us were asked by HNN for our take...more

Revolution or Evolution – Protect & Survive

The annual Hogan Lovells CBRE Hotel Conference 2017 - The threat from terrorism will continue well into the next decade and every country and major organisation needs a counter-terrorism plan. This was the message from...more

Penalty rates in Hospitality and Retail modern awards cut

Summary - In a landmark ruling, the Fair Work Commission Full Bench has reduced Sunday penalty rates in the hospitality, retail, fast food and pharmacy sectors and reduced public holiday penalties in those sectors and,...more

Fair Work Calls Time on Penalties

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission has handed down its decision on weekend and public holiday penalty rates in the Hospitality and Retail industries. This is a significant change for employers in only these two...more

Fair Work Commission cuts penalty rates for the hospitality and retail industries

The Fair Work Commission yesterday handed down its long awaited decision to reduce the penalty rates for Sunday and public holiday work payable under a number of awards. These include the Hospitality Industry (General) Award...more

Virtual legality: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality - legal issues

With Newsweek predicting that 2017 will be shaped by Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)1 Dentons, as part of its on-going TechTalk series, thought it was timely to examine the legal issues associated with this...more

Hotel Cybersecurity: What can happen when hackers strike?

Last year, at the Global Hospitality Group’s Meet the Money™ Conference, I participated in a panel on Cybersecurity and we discussed how cybersecurity issues affect the hotel industry. One of the comments was that hotels,...more

 OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 13th, 2017

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 13th, 2017 Chinese tourists spend more via online travel agencies: report Chinese tourists spent more money via online travel agencies (OTA) thanks to rapid growth of e-commerce and...more

Las Vegas Sands Suffers Double Whammy and Resolves FCPA Action with DOJ for $7 Million

Following a separate SEC action, the Justice Department resolved FCPA charges against Las Vegas Sands for $7 million. DOJ and Las Vegas Sands entered into a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) citing much of the same evidence...more

Post-Election Predictions: What the Hospitality Industry Can Expect in 2017

Welcome and thank you and our listeners and welcome to the first in our series on the national and commercial estate market. My name is David Adams and today I’m talking with Dan Weede – a guy who needs no introduction in...more

Post-Election Predictions: What the Hospitality Industry Can Expect in 2017 [Video]

Like other industries, the hospitality industry is reacting to the surprise victory of President Donald Trump. In this podcast, real estate lawyers David Adams and Dan Weede discuss the impact of the election on the...more

Is Andrew Puzder the Knight in Shining Armor for the Hospitality Industry?

The hospitality industry has arguably endured the most significant impact from the Obama Administration's employment legislation and regulation. From the Affordable Care Act to overtime expansion, to the attacks on the...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Jan. 6th, 2017

Our first client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2017 is below. Not a lot to report this week, so we will keep the Update short....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 30th, 2016

My final client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for 2016 is below. It has been a quite week in the world of distribution. Here’s to a 2017 filled with much success and happiness. Happy New Year....more

Retail Hospitality Newsletter - Late Fall 2016

Sudden cardiac arrest (“SCA”) is the largest cause of natural death in the United Statesand is responsible for approximately half of all heart disease deaths. SCA, however, is not a “heart attack” (i.e. an artery blockage)...more

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