Lodging News - October/November 2015

Risk Management

Risk Management 

As wildfires dominated northwest headlines this summer, accounting, legal, and HR experts have been busy digging deeper than front-page news for their hospitality industry clients. These professionals make sense of hazy regulations, share lessons learned from litigation, and sniff out other newsworthy developments with the potential to burn businesses. 

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Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the nation. It is defined as an organized criminal activity in which human beings are treated as possessions to be controlled and exploited (as by being forced into prostitution or involuntary labor).  Just reading the definition may evoke a myriad of emotions including, but not limited to anger, disbelief, avoidance, or an internal call to action.

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Clean, Green and Affordable

Clean Green

A 2008 Deloitte survey found that 95 percent of business travelers believe hospitality and lodging companies should undertake green initiatives. Yet the same survey found travelers do not perceive the hospitality industry as green. Though hotels have made great strides in sustainability, they still consume large amounts of water and energy.

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Politicking Minimum Wage 

Minimum wage

There is a lot of talk these days about minimum wage, but the one thing that the media and the politicians don’t often mention is that under current law, Oregon’s minimum wage is reviewed for an increase automatically each and every year.

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Gone Too Far 

Gone too far

The story of the lodging industry is a story of people. In an industry that employs nearly 2 million people in communities across America and contributes billions of dollars in business travel revenue, the hotel and lodging industry remains a force to be reckoned with as our economy continues to recover.

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