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What's the Future of Hospitality and Tourism in Cuba as U.S. Embargo Loosens?

The loosening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba has generated significant discussion regarding the country's potential for economic transformation. Most analysts agree that Cuba will be a very different country 10 years from...more

Regulatory scrutiny of online hotel booking continues

The 13 July 2016 saw the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announce that it had sent a questionnaire to a large sample of hotels throughout the UK. As part of a joint monitoring project with the European Commission,...more

Omni Hotels latest hotel chain hit with malware

Omni Hotels notified guests on Friday, July 8, 2016, that its point of sale systems were compromised with malware from December 23, 2015, through June 15, 2016....more

Serial Plaintiffs Are Filing Waves of Title III Disability Cases

Hotels, restaurants and retail establishments have been flooded with new lawsuits filed by serial plaintiffs that allege that a property (a place of public accommodation) is in violation of Title III of the Americans with...more

Sale of a Business is Not Constructive Dismissal

In the decision 2108805 Ontario Inc. v. Boulad rendered on January 25, 2016, the Quebec Court of Appeal overruled the trial judge who had considered that the change of employer resulting from a change of ownership constituted...more

Narrow Construction May Apply When No Evidence Supports Broader Construction

Addressing claim construction issues, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a claim construction limiting “communications path” to wired communications. Ruckus Wireless, Inc. v. Innovative Wireless...more

FDA’s Final Guidance on Menu-Labeling Regulations and What It Means to Hotel Owners and Operators

Regular readers of this blog will know that we have been following the development and implementation of the FDA’s new menu-labeling regulations with some interest. After multiple rounds of drafts and public comment periods,...more

“What is Our Liability for Wild Animals?” Asks Hoteliers & Other Hospitality-Related Operators After Alligator Attack

On June 15, the nation woke up to their Twitter and Facebook feeds to learn about the horror that had visited a Nebraska family the night before at a Walt Disney World hotel property when a two-year-old boy playing in foot of...more

A Reminder: Increased Minimum Wages for Santa Monica and Los Angeles

An increase in temperatures will not be the only increase employers will see this July: employers in the City of Los Angeles and in the City of Santa Monica are reminded that minimum wages will increase starting on July 1,...more

STR Adopts New Competitive Set Guidelines – Impact on Owners

The importance of the competitive set - Many hotel management agreements contain performance test standards allowing an owner to terminate a management agreement if the hotel fails to meet specified guidelines, and most...more

Big Changes Coming to Pennsylvania's Alcoholic Beverage Market

On June 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law the first major overhaul of the Commonwealth’s Liquor Code since the end of Prohibition. Wolf heralded the measure as enhancing customer convenience while providing...more

Facing the Music: Hoteliers Run the Risk of Copyright Infringement

In the digital age, music is omnipresent and access is immediate. Hotel operators, eager to improve the guest experience and elevate their brands, are assessing and enhancing the presentation of music at their...more

Industry fundamentals are good now and will continue to improve

Hotel industry fundamentals are good, and will continue to improve. But the hotel industry is being punished by the disconnect between the investment community of Wall Street and actual performance of the hotels on Main...more

EU Retail News - May 2016

UK: How to comply with consumer protection laws — are you faking it? On 4 March 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") published guidance for businesses on how to comply with consumer protection law...more

The 2016 LIIC Top Ten: The annual survey of lodging investment trends and challenges

(Denver, CO) For well over a decade, the members of the hotel industry’s preeminent think tank, “LIIC – The Lodging Industry Investment Council,” are annually surveyed to develop a list of the major hotel investment...more

Federal Judge Takes Decisive Action to Protect Hotels from ADA Abuse by a High Frequency Litigant

In a rare and decisive action, a Central District Court Judge dismissed an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit filed by an Arizona disabled plaintiff who has recently filed a wave of over 70 ADA lawsuits against...more

Legislative Update: Employee Training Required for Hotels, Inns on Human Trafficking

Over the next week or so, I’ll be providing updates on various bills to pass (or fail) at the state general assembly. They’re coming in fast and furious so patience is the order of the day....more

TIME OFF: LA Hotel Worker Ordinance is About More Than Just Wages

As has been widely publicized within the hospitality industry, the Los Angeles City Council approved the Citywide Hotel Worker Minimum Wage Ordinance (Ordinance) in September 2014. The Ordinance required hotels with at least...more

Guest Privacy a Hot Button Issue in Wake of $55 Million Erin Andrews Verdict

On March 7, 2016, a Nashville, Tennessee jury awarded sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million in a civil lawsuit against Marriott related to the secret recording of a nude video filmed during her stay at one of their hotels....more

“Indirect Control” — New NLRB Joint Employer Rule Headed for Appeal

Hoteliers still reeling from the National Labor Relation Boards’ (NLRB’s) dramatic change to the legal test for joint employer liability may find some solace in the fact that this issue is destined for appellate review. In...more

Short-Term Rentals Spur Discord at Neighborhood Level

The debate over short-term vacation rentals is increasingly pitting neighbor against neighbor. Despite the failure of San Francisco’s high-profile Proposition F, which would have limited short-term rentals to 75 days per year...more

In Rush to Comply With Minimum Wage Ordinance, Remember Your Vendors

As Los Angeles hotel operators brace for a minimum wage hike, those that fail to account for third party vendors will be in for a rude awakening. In September 2014, the Los Angeles City Council approved a minimum wage hike...more

UK Hotels Outlook: Summer 2016 and Beyond

UK hotels remain most popular in Europe - London remains the top destination for hotel investment in Europe, according to a survey of senior hospitality figures, beating Barcelona and Madrid into joint second place....more

Vacation rental websites create difficult choices for hotels

In just a few years, vacation rental websites have exploded onto the scene, commanding a significant market presence in the hospitality industry and redefining traditional “vacation rentals.” In particular, websites like...more

Erin Andrew’s Suit Shows Risks to Businesses from Intentional Tortfeasors

Sportscaster Erin Andrew’s suit against a Nashville Marriott and the stalker who the hotel let check-in to a room next to her has made national headlines. When the jury awarded her a total of $55 million damages, with about...more

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