On Dec. 1, an estimated 4 million workers will become eligible to earn overtime under the Department of Labor’s overtime rule. Introduced May 18 by the Obama administration, the rule will raise the salary threshold for exempt workers to $47,476 from $23,660 per year—if … [Read more...] about Will the Trump Administration Change the Overtime Rule?
When the American Hotel & Lodging Association asked its members what they see on the horizon for 2017, 8,000 hotels responded. Here’s what they see as the top six trends. 1. Ubiquitous in-room technology: You just can’t do without in-room technologies—especially … [Read more...] about Six hotel trends for 2017
The General Election results will be certified on Nov. 29, 2016. If the initiative passes, it will become law upon proclamation of the mayor within five days after the certificate of election. Click <a … [Read more...] about Seattle Initiative I-124 Passes – What Does this Mean to You?
With a La Niña-style winter in store for much of the United States, ski resorts are preparing for more traffic on the slopes and in resort hotels. American ski resorts are ready for whatever Mother Nature sends their way this winter. Depending on geography and which … [Read more...] about US ski resort managers ready for snow-filled season
Periscope is embracing professional streaming and expanding beyond amateur content shot on phones with its new Periscope Producer feature. It allows creators to generate a special URL that they can then stream to from a wide array of devices, including professional cameras, … [Read more...] about Periscope Web
Hotels in North America are embracing long-held rumors about ghostly guests roaming the rooms and halls. But Sam the Bellman died 40 years ago. “You may have run into Sam,” one of the hotel’s friendly ghosts, the front-desk staff tell the guests. There’s no denying … [Read more...] about Hoteliers conjure up business with help from ‘ghosts
What’s this you say? Another messaging app? Just for the kids, right? Well, no. Recent partnerships with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter has lifted Snapchat from its humble beginnings as a cutesy way for teens to send photos to each other, to a viable platform used by … [Read more...] about Enhance Your Hotel’s Brand With Snapchat
We have many misconceptions about Millennials. This generation is often characterized as self-absorbed, over-connected, and non-committal. Frankly, I’m not sure how they got such a bad rap. What I see when I look at Millennials are inspired, tech-savvy, and creative … [Read more...] about The Case For Millennial-Friendly Travel Policies
Hoteliers on the “Pros and cons of independence” panel at the 2016 Hotel Data Conference debated the advantages and disadvantages of independents, brands and soft brands. Some hoteliers prefer absolute creative freedom, others want some wiggle room in terms of creativity … [Read more...] about The pros, cons of independents, brands and soft brands
From left to right: Phil Hugh of Red Roof Inn; Eric Jacobs of Marriott International; and David Pepper of Choice Hotels International; on the “A view from the top (let’s talk development)” panel at The Lodging Conference. (Photo: Bryan Wroten) There might be a few bumps … [Read more...] about The factors that could affect the development landscape