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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Sep. 29th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending September 29, 2017 is below. This week’s Update is a lengthy one and contains a number of stories that, although not directly associated with distribution, I...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - July 28th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending July 28, 2017 is below. Two Expedia companies top this week’s Update...more

Vacation Accidents: What To Do When Injured on a Vacation in California

California is known as the Golden State thanks to its beautiful beaches, sunny weather, and tan, healthy residents. The Valley is a popular tourist destination, as it is just miles away from the coast of Malibu, wonderful...more

Japanese Diet Enacts Controversial Laws to legalize Casinos

by White & Case LLP on

The Japanese Diet has passed a so-called "integrated resort promotion bill" that would legalize casinos in Japan. In the midst of contentious nationwide debates about gambling, the Japanese Diet passed the "Bill...more

Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs)

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), and whether such travel poses any law...more

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature: What to Expect

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The November general election obviously represents a sea change in how business will be conducted at the Minnesota state capitol when legislators return to work on January 3, 2017. House Republicans will enjoy a comfortable...more

Bongs and Busts – the Danger of State Cannabis Laws to Non-U.S. Citizens

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Seattle, Washington, where I practice, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S. Its natural beauty and cosmopolitan vibe are two of its biggest attractions. But increasingly, Cannabis Tourism has been a...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

México: Residentes de Colombia, Chile y Perú no requerirán visa para viajar a México a partir del 01 de julio de 2016

by Littler on

El 17 de mayo de 2016, el Diario Oficial de la Federación publicó una reforma a los Lineamientos para trámites y procedimientos migratorios, la cual permitirá a los residentes de Colombia, Chile y Perú internarse a México...more

Mexico: Residents of Colombia, Chile and Peru are no Longer Required to Hold a Visa to Travel to Mexico, Effective July 1, 2016

by Littler on

On May 17, 2016, the Mexican government announced amendments to the country's immigration regulations (“Lineamientos para trámites y procedimiento migratorios”), allowing residents of Colombia, Chile and Peru to be admitted...more

Tour Fee Can Vary Again in Georgia

by Baker Donelson on

The Georgia Department of Revenue released a proposed rule Monday that would allow breweries in Georgia to charge different fees for admission on tours based on the amount of free tastings and the free souvenir. This...more

Brooklyn Heights homes will close their doors to tours: another victim of the modern world

For over 31 years, the Brooklyn Heights Association (the Association) has offered tours of private residence brownstones, allowing the curious passerby the opportunity to see what’s beyond those stoops. However, after over...more

Lo que Cuba quiere de los inversores

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Los inversores estadounidenses han conseguido llegar a Cuba. A comienzos de Febrero, el Departamento del Tesoro de EE. UU. aprobó la primera inversión estadounidense de importancia en Cuba desde 1959: la fábrica de tractores...more

The Law Macron: Work on Sundays and in Evenings

by Morgan Lewis on

The new changes are not drastically different from current law but manage to a make a complex system even more complex. After months of tense discussions in the French Parliament, the Law for the Growth, the Activity,...more

La Loi Macron est entrée en vigueur: beaucoup de bruit pour pas grand-chose?

by Morgan Lewis on

Cette loi apporte des ajustements mais pas de bouleversements dans plusieurs pans du droit social français. Après des mois de discussions ardues, la Loi pour la croissance, l'activité et l'égalité des chances économiques...more

Asheville, North Carolina Looks At Short-Term Rentals and Zoning, Fees

Thanks to the internet, is this a golden age of direct-to-consumer, everyday necessities like living quarters -- think AirBnB or Couchsurfing -- to transportation -- think Uber and Lyft? Is laundry next? What about eating? ...more

Invest A Little To Make A Lot More: Why Indiana Should Create An Event Incentive Fund To Leverage State Taxes

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In addition to looking at taxes to cut, let’s look at ways to invest a little to make a lot more. For starters, consider visitor spending where more than 26 million people who visit Indy every year generate more than $256...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

SC18819 - Single Source, Inc. v. Central Regional Tourism District, Inc. - As a precursor to the July 4th holiday and the resultant influx of tourists to Connecticut's attractions, the Connecticut Supreme Court through...more

DHS Announces Chile’s Admission into the Visa Waiver Program

On February 28, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Chile became the latest country to be eligible to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Although originally scheduled for May 1, Vice...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Honduras

Honduras, in the north-central part of Central America, has a Caribbean as well as a Pacific coastline. Generally mountainous, fertile plateaus, river valleys and narrow coastal plains mark the country. With 112,090 square...more

From Second and State: Session Preview May 5-7, 2014

The House and Senate will be in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 5-7. They will then break after Wednesday’s session until after the Primary Election on May 20, returning on June 2. This session week will be the...more

Doing Business in Latin America and The Caribbean: Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic offers outstanding advantages to foreign and national investors. The significant incentives and facilities offered by the Dominican State complement the many inherent factors that make this Caribbean...more

Miami Proactively Seeking Medical Tourism

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Though the multi-billion dollar medical tourism industry is dominated by Asia, it is on the rise in the United States, with many wealthy international patients eyeing the U.S.’s innovative treatments in areas such as...more

GMCC Economic Outlook Conference

by Bilzin Sumberg on

I recently attended the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 South Florida Economic Summit, featuring Governor Rick Scott as one of the guest speakers. In Gov. Scott’s remarks, he spoke of the need to create additional...more

Miami Hotel Outlook For 2014

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Attracting International Travelers - The economic outlook for the Miami hotel market continues to be positive for 2014. Many expect strong demand and continued growth in the hospitality sector due to increasing numbers...more

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