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The Challenges that Hotel Brands Face in Paid Search

When you type the name of a hotel brand into a search engine, you’ll probably encounter a large number of text ads placed by online travel agencies (OTAs). Bidding and placing ads on variations of hotel brand names is a very common practice and has even led some in the hospitality industry to refer to ...
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Public-Private Partnerships and the Hospitality Industry

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are not a new phenomenon, but they are an expanding and increasingly necessary one. As local governments compete with each other for tourism dollars and a finicky and demanding workforce, the hospitality industry has become a focus of potential P3s as a way to revitalize fatigued districts and compete with the city ...
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Boutique Hotel Brands From ‘Legacy’ Chains – Will They Work?

It is clear that the boutique hotel niche is longer occupied by just a handful of rogue, counter cultural hoteliers. The evolution of lifestyle hotels from a very small, extremely specialized industry segment, to its current status as one of the fastest growing product types, has been nothing short of astounding. It is sometimes debated ...
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Full Disclosure: The Impact of New Food-Labeling Regulations

What is the impact of the FDA’s New Food-Labeling Regulations?  The new rules cover any restaurant or “retail food establishment” selling “restaurant-type food.”  Does that include the wide array of retail and hospitality businesses, including bakeries, cafeterias, coffee shops, convenience stores?  Dan Vecchio, a litigator in our Seattle office, has been watching the latest developments.  ...
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Danger in the Grass

Authored by Joe Samnik At today’s business meetings, conventions, and trade shows, the destination venue plays a key role in attracting attendees—sometimes as much as the agenda. The first thing at a prime hotel or meeting venue to grab your attention is the landscape: beautiful flowers that you only wish were in your home or office, gorgeous palm trees whose trunks look like they were hand-cut ...
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NLRB’s McDonald’s Joint Employer Decision Sends Shock Waves Through Franchise Community

On August 5, 2014 the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) Office of General Counsel announced that it was authorizing complaints against both McDonald’s store owners and corporate McDonald’s USA LLC, as joint employers, in a series of unfair labor practice proceedings arising out of last autumn’s minimum wage protest actions against the fast food industry. McDonald’s was the ...
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Considerations Before Entering into an Equity in Exchange For Professional Services Agreement: Part 1

America has a rich history of entrepreneurs who have changed the course of history with an invention or new business enterprise.  This history continues, as a modern chapter is being written in the new millennium as the information technology boom has created a “start up” hysteria. More and more individuals have taken up the dream ...
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