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Firearms Law Issues in the Hospitality Industry

I. INTRODUCTION The focus of this paper is specifically on the federal and statewide gun regulations which affect the hospitality industry. Citizens and entities are subject to the authority of both the state and federal governments, and therefore subject to all federal and state laws. A. Federal Law. The right to keep and bear arms is protected by the Second Amendment ...
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Combating cybercrime in the hospitality business

Technology has changed our lives for the better, but like every other development it has its downside. Data breaches have become common news, and the latest victim is the hospitality industry. The 2016 Trustwave Global Security Report has found the hospitality industry to be the second-most vulnerable to security breaches behind the retail industry. The ...
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It’s still a buyer’s market, but…

2016 Marketplace Realities Spring Update A complex commercial insurance market is slowing the pricing declines most buyers have enjoyed for several renewal cycles and raising the likelihood that companies will experience some price increases in various commercial lines of insurance, according to Willis Towers Watson’s 2016 Marketplace Realities Spring Update report. The report, a line-by-line ...
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New Texas M&A Broker Exemption

Effective February 16, 2015, the Texas State Securities Board (the “Securities Board”) adopted a new rule, Section 139.27 of Title 7 of the Texas Administrative Code (the “Rule”), that exempts certain mergers-and-acquisitions brokers from dealer registration under the Texas Securities Act.  An exempt mergers-and-acquisitions broker is defined in the Rule as an “M&A Dealer.”  The ...
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Restructuring Hotel Landscape Models

Restructuring Hotel Landscape Models: Can’t scare me! When considering restructuring hotel landscape models worldwide, there are “three major models” that consistently co-exist. These cover “a specific strategy that is part of the hotel industry’s recent history.” Georges Panayotis of MKG Group uncovers the new landscape by looking at and exploring these different schemes. Highlighting real ...
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Opportunity for Growth in Asia Pacific

Explore the Hospitality Industry Opportunity for Growth in Asia Pacific FIU’s School of Hospitality & Tourism Management has released a white paper emphasizing the opportunity for growth in Asia Pacific. Authored by Simone Champagnie, this white paper includes “ideas on what can be done to address the challenges to stay relevant, competitive, and profitable” regarding ...
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Seven Key Takeaways from The Americas Lodging Investment Summit 2016 (ALIS)

“A modest tempering of enthusiasm for development, performance, and the near future of the U.S. hotel industry was prevalent among delegates at the 2016 ALIS conference in Los Angeles, which traditionally sets the tone for the present year of lodging news and forecasts. Forecasts call for a continuing rise in hotel RevPAR and NOI; however, ...
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Why Are More Hotel Owners Choosing Independence Over Brands?

Hotel owners are beginning to see the opportunities that come with choosing independence over brands. It’s fairly clear in this new age our guests are looking for an authentic, personal experience. Many travels prefer to eat and stay in locally-inspired areas and avoid the stigma attached to the idea of “tourists”. This has inevitably lead ...
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Joint Employment Concerns Grow for Franchisors

Recent guidance issued by the Department of Labor ensures that, like 2015, joint employment will remain a hot topic for franchisors in 2016. Last year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) captured the full attention of the franchise industry by “restating” the standard for finding joint employment in Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc., 362 N.L.R.B. ...
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