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Co-Working Spaces: Mitigating Litigation Risks While Encouraging Innovation

Co-working spaces are quickly becoming the Uber equivalent to office space rentals for remote-work professionals. On Monday morning, log onto an app and reserve a cubicle space down the street at a price much cheaper than a short-term office lease. On Tuesday, welcome a new client into a reserved conference room at a different co-working ...
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What is the Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry? (Why does It Matter?)

The Uniform System of Accounts for the Lodging Industry (USALI) was first published by a committee of the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) in 1926. The committee was chaired by E. M. Statler the founder of Statler Hotels. Among the other eight Proprietary Committee members were the then owners of The Waldorf Astoria, ...
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Techniques to Reduce Security Claims; Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) emphasizes using the structures, spaces, lighting and people around an area to prevent crime and to increase loss prevention. Accomplishing this task is not an easy one; architects attempt to beautify, and engineers attempt to increase efficiency. While all stakeholders must be responsive to meeting the objectives of the ...
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Hotel and Large Venue Security: An Evolving Threat Environment Requires Innovative Practices

Much has been said and written of late with regard to the need to address hotel and large venue security, like sports stadiums, in the aftermath of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in the vicinity of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas.  But six months after the attack, in which 58 people were ...
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Sex Trafficking Continues to Raise Significant Concerns for the Hospitality Industry

A variety of lawsuits and legislative efforts across the U.S. are reinforcing that the hospitality industry plays a crucial role combating human trafficking in hotels, motels, and other facilities. They also demonstrate that anti-trafficking compliance and training can help not just battle the problem at the ground-level, but also reduce potential civil liability for owners/operators ...
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Hotel Operators Need to Address the Asymmetric Threat

It’s happened again-a terrible attack on a hotel, followed a few days later by the deadly commandeering of an ambulance and its subsequent use as a bomb. Afghanistan, more than 16 years after the US and its NATO allies first launched an all-out assault on the Taliban and Al Qaeda, continues to be a hotbed ...
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Top Tips for New Hotel Brands Entering the US Market

As travelers are becoming more particular about their vacations and especially the hotels that they visit, hotel companies have been rushing to develop brands that provide distinctive experiences for even the most discerning traveler from dog friendly amenities to sustainability focused properties. Companies bringing these new hotel brands into the US market include established U.S. ...
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Surf’s Up! Don’t Become The Next Victim Of A Surfing Suit

The past few years have seen a steep increase in litigation brought against hospitality businesses under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These suits often contend that certain aspects of a building, bathroom, or parking lot do not comply with the ADA’s detailed standards and regulations. With the goal of creating a ...
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