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OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 27th, 2017

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 27, 2017 is below. Not a lot of news to report this week; surprisingly little came out of this past week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in...more

No Tax, No Travel

If you are not expecting a refund this year, you may be wondering what taxes have to do with your travel plans. A little over a year ago, Congress passed a law to authorize funding for highways known as “Fixing America’s...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Jan. 20th, 2017

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending January 20, 2017 is below. Not a lot of significant developments this past week, but next week’s Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS) in Los Angeles...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

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

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 22nd, 2016

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the short week ending December 22, 2016 is below. This week’s update is brief one....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 16th, 2016

This week’s OTA and Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 16, 2016 is below. This week’s Update contains an update on one important recent court decision involving OTAs....more

What Hotels Should Prepare for When Integrating Augmented Reality Games at Their Destinations

The future has arrived, and it has a strange sense of humor. Pokémon Go — an “augmented reality” game that requires players to travel to real world locations to capture imaginary monsters through apps on their mobile devices...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 9th, 2016

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 9, 2016 is below. Nothing too earth shattering this week, so we will keep things short . . ....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update

Hello all, With the new year, we plan to post portions of the OTA & Travel Distribution Updates that I prepare and circulate among our hospitality clients each week. Although the posts will be a week or two behind the...more

Holiday Travel: Keep Elders Safe Both on the Ground and in the Air

The holidays bring tidings of joy and time-honored traditions to those who celebrate. They also bring travel plans for families and friends far and wide. Travel might be one of the best gifts of the season, especially...more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 14, 2016, the United States announced additional measures to liberalize Cuba sanctions and export controls, effective October 17, 2016. The new measures, which are summarized below, authorize additional...more

Zika Concerns Highlight Need for Employer Planning

As temperatures in the Northeast cool, and the mosquito population disappears until spring, the Zika virus may no longer be on the minds of those who live and work in Pennsylvania. Given that cases of Zika continue to be...more

OFAC and BIS Changes to Cuba Sanctions Further Ease Trade and Travel Restrictions

On October 14, 2016, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published another round of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control...more

Safe Travel Series: Dos and Don'ts of Personal Safety

Basic security consciousness can help keep your travel safe and incident-free. There is no shortage of bad actors preying on travelers. The more time you spend abroad, the more likely you are to cross paths with them....more

Obama’s Not Slowing Down On Cuba: New Steps Forward Open Doors (and Humidors!) for Collaboration

With fewer than 100 days left in office, President Obama is not slowing down on his efforts to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Today, several changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

U.S. Authorities Amend Cuba Sanctions Regulations

On October 17, 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (31...more

Safe Travel Series: Dos and Don'ts of Hotel Safety

Hotels are susceptible to a wide array of thefts, scams, hacks, and assaults. Today, the savvy traveler needs to be security conscious. That especially applies to hotels. While any given stay will, in all likelihood, turn out...more

Medicare Coverage While Traveling Within the U.S.

When people retire they often have more time to travel. Although Medicare coverage is generally not available when beneficiaries are overseas, what about coverage for those exploring our own varied and scenic land?...more

Back to Work from Travel Abroad? Check Your Form I-94!

As foreign national employees come back from summer vacations and travel abroad, one of the most overlooked immigration documents and pitfalls is Form I-94. If Form I-94 is issued for a shorter validity period than the...more

Considerations for Travel to Iran to Explore Relaxed Trade Opportunities

Before booking your airfare, be mindful of these potential issues. In light of liberalized trade with Iran made possible by the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC’s) General License H and the relaxation of US...more

Zika and the Hospitality Employer: Evolving Concerns as the Virus Comes to the U.S.

We’ve previously answered some basic questions that employers may have when their employees work in or visit locations where exposure to Zika virus is a risk. With recent news concerning the first cases of transmission of the...more

Provisional Waiver Expansion

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a rule that expanded eligibility for the I-601A provisional waiver application. It will be effective August 29, 2016...more

The Ethics Advisor: Vamos a la Playa!

Fifth in a series by BB&K Partner Ruben Duran for the Southern California Latino Policy Center Newsletter - Summer’s approach often brings thoughts of travel. Whether with family or friends, by train, bus, car or plane,...more

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