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Hotel Management Agreements

by DLA Piper on

One cannot discuss the evolution of hotel management agreements (HMAs) without rst talking about the separation of hotel ownership and hotel operations; a transformation of the major chains’ business models, more commonly...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Australian authorities confirm renewed interest in parity provisions; Singapore opens...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Australian Authorities Confirm Renewed Interest in Parity Provisions - ("Online Booking Clauses Still Cause for Concern for Australian Competition Authority," MLex, April 11, 2018) (subscription required) - Speaking...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Price-fixing fines imposed against FlightCentre; Red Lion's unorthodox approach to loyalty;...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending April 6, 2018 is below. A variety of stories are featured in this week’s Update, including an interesting follow up story on Red Lion’s somewhat unique (and...more

New York City Set to Take Another Step to Limit New Hotels and Motels - Proposal Would Require Special Permits for New or...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• New York City's City Planning Commission (CPC) is expected to officially propose in the next few weeks an amendment to the City's Zoning Resolution to require that most new hotels and motels in light manufacturing districts...more

Web Exclusive: March 2018: The Top 13 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first three months...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Brazilian antitrust authorities adopt narrow approach to rate parity; Group segment moves to...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending March 30, 2018 is below. This week’s Update features a heavy dose of OTA updates....more

Oregon’s Short-Term Rental Tax Expands its Reach

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Oregon’s legislature has broadened Oregon’s tax on short-term room rentals (also called the transient lodging tax). The new law, Enrolled House Bill (EHB) 4120, expands the scope of persons who must collect and remit the tax...more

Convention Center Tax Expands to Small Hotels/Motels and Short-Term Rentals

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Washington lawmakers have decided that all types of lodging in King County should participate in funding the Washington State Convention Center. Since the advent of King County’s convention center tax in 1982, hotels and...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Australian Competition Authorities re-think "narrow" parity; Keyword prohibitions the subject...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below. This week’s Update features a number of familiar stories....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Ctrip's earnings slip following regulatory intervention; Booking.com continues its evolution;...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s abbreviated OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features stories on the biggest distribution players – Ctrip, Booking.com, and yes, Airbnb. Enjoy....more

The Rise of Short-Term Apartment Rentals: Concerns and Opportunities for Multifamily Owners

Previously on this blog, my colleagues posed the question to commercial landlords, “Do you know who’s working in your building?” In this post, I look at a different aspect of the sharing economy—residential short-term rentals...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Trivago's strikethrough pricing practices subject to AU scrutiny; Denmark opens investigation...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and is full of interesting stories. Enjoy....more

Update - Cal/OSHA Hotel Housekeeping Injury Standard Effective July 1, 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

As we reported in January, after nearly six years of discussion and debate, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board (Board) approved a standard on “Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.” The final regulation was recently...more

California Hotel Workers Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Regulation To Take Effect July 1, 2018

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 9, 2018, the California Office of Administrative Law approved the new regulation that will require hotels and other lodging establishments (such as resorts and bed and breakfast inns) to implement...more

Tourism: Taking Oman to the next level

by Dentons on

The Sultanate of Oman possesses a number of the key characteristics of a premier tourist destination – a diverse environment, unspoiled beaches, breath-taking mountains and a wealth of historical sites (including a number...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - SwayPay seeks to simplify payment processing and Hotel Bonanza hits the 10,000 mark in hotel...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending March 2, 2018 is below. Nothing too remarkable in this week’s Oscar-shortened Update....more

Three Proactive Steps Hotel Operators Can Take to Mitigate ADA Financial Risks

While federal lawsuits alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act are not new, recent news coverage of current and ongoing lawsuits underscore that major hotel flags are particularly attractive targets for...more

IMN 2018 New Hotel Development and Construction Conference

by Dechert LLP on

Last week IMN hosted an inaugural New Hotel and Development Conference in New York City. The gathering of developers, hotel operators, brands and other hospitality service providers was very upbeat. Many panelists indicated...more

“Hands Off, Pants On” When Guests Sexually Harass Your Hotel Employees

by Fisher Phillips on

In an April 2016 survey of 400 Chicago-area women working at hotels, nearly 50 percent indicated that they have had a guest answer the door naked, expose themselves, or were otherwise flashed. Worse yet, 1 in 10 said they had...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Airbnb continues its evolution into a traditional lodging company and/or distributor; Priceline...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Distribution Update for the week ending February 23, 2018 is below. Other than Airbnb’s much publicized rollout of its 53 new product lines (an exaggeration, but not by much), last week was a relatively slow...more

Your Comprehensive Guide to 2018 Proposed California Legislation

by Fisher Phillips on

February 16 was the deadline to introduce new bills in the California Legislature. By that date, nearly 2,200 bills were introduced. While that may seem like a staggering amount of legislative proposals (especially for a...more

New 911 Requirements for Hotels and Businesses

On Feb. 16, 2018, President Trump signed into law a requirement that multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) used by hotels, hospitals, campuses and other businesses be configured to allow persons to dial 911 from any phone on...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Wyndham Joins the Loyalty Discount Program Bandwagon; Expedia Adds Event Tickets to Offering;...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending February 16, 2018 is below. Loyalty and direct booking make an appearance again in this week’s Update after an extended absence....more

Sexual Harassment Dominates California Legislation in 2018

by Fisher Phillips on

As we discussed back in January, sexual harassment appears to be the hot topic for the California State Legislature’s 2018 session. This is certainly not a surprise, as issues related to sexual harassment and the #MeToo...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - German coalition's plans for increased scrutiny of online platforms; Avvio introduces chatbot...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features a variety of stories – EU regulation, AI-powered chatbots, direct booking, connectivity and taxes....more

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