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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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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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Understanding the Breakeven Point when It Comes to Room Revenue

Sometimes it can be confusing understanding whether your hotel actually made a profit last evening, last month, or last year. While limited-service hotels typically only generate revenue from guestroom sales, and perhaps phone calls made from guestrooms, in-room movies purchased, or vending machine revenues, select-service and full-service hotels can have a more difficult task because ...
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Tackle Hotel Spend in a Disciplined and Professional Manner

Hotel spend represents between 30 and 50 percent of a company’s total travel spend but in contrast to air spend, it is often left unmanaged. Corporate travel buyers need to focus greater attention on this complex, inflationary spend category to optimize their overall travel program. Unlike the approximately 250 IATA (International Air Transport Association) companies ...
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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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Do Lawyers Obstruct Progress in Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability?

Are lawyers an obstacle to progress on Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability? Having followed the evolution of the discussion on Corporate Social Responsibility, Creating Shared Value and Corporate Responsibility, and having witnessed the myriad attempts by corporations to define their policies and efforts in this area, I am constantly amazed by the decisions made in international ...
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