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    How the Chevron doctrine’s reversal could impact the hotel industry

    The ruling stands to affect interpretations of hotly debated statutes, including joint employer and independent contractor rules.

    By July 8, 2024
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    How California’s ‘junk fee’ laws could impact legislation nationwide

    The state is now a testing ground for rules affecting how hotels and other accommodations display mandatory fees.

    By July 1, 2024
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    How a TikTok ban could impact hotel marketing efforts

    Hospitality industry pros share what hotels stand to lose from a potential ban as well as alternative hotel marketing strategies to consider.

    By June 18, 2024
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    House of Representatives passes law to regulate hidden hotel fees

    Hospitality organizations including AHLA and AAHOA support the anti-“junk fee” legislation, which would create a unified standard for displaying mandatory fees across the lodging sector.

    By June 13, 2024
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    DOL overtime expansion ‘unlawful,’ AHLA argues

    The hospitality association, along with other business groups, filed a lawsuit claiming the rule expansion violates the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    By Caroline Colvin • May 29, 2024
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    Opinion

    What hotel owners need to know about California’s workplace investigations law

    Senate Bill 553, aimed at preventing and addressing workplace violence, is applicable to all California employers — including hotel business owners.

    By Rachel Reddick • May 17, 2024
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    How Hawaii’s short-term rental laws could impact hotels

    New legislation paves the way for Hawaii to regulate, and potentially ban, short-term rentals — affecting the state’s hotels and the people who work in them.

    By May 7, 2024
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    Hotel industry orgs slam new DOL overtime eligibility threshold

    The rule gives some hotel workers access to higher pay, but hospitality industry organizations say the added cost could lead hotels to cut jobs.

    By April 25, 2024
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    AHLA applauds Senate vote to overturn joint-employer rule

    The hotel association — alongside other professional organizations in franchise industries — has consistently railed against the rule, which will now go to Biden’s desk.

    By April 12, 2024
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    FTC, DOJ consider hotel price-fixing case

    The agencies filed a statement of interest in a case concerning casino hotels’ use of a pricing algorithm, a practice coming under increasing scrutiny.

    By April 3, 2024
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    AHLA praises blocking of NLRB joint employer rule

    The rule, which was set to go into effect on Monday, would have made hotel companies and their franchisees jointly responsible for employees.

    By March 12, 2024
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    Biden doubles down on ‘junk fee’ fight in State of the Union speech

    The president reiterated his administration’s distaste for hidden fees on hotel bookings in his annual address.

    By March 11, 2024
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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren calls on FTC to ‘closely scrutinize’ Choice-Wyndham merger

    In a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan, the senator raised concerns about Choice’s “hostile takeover,” asking the agency to block the deal if it violates antitrust law.

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    After historic highs in 2023, NYC RevPAR will continue to grow: JLL

    The city’s hotels could gain up to $380 million in revenue this year following Local Law 18’s crackdown on short-term rentals.

    By Michele Laufik • Feb. 22, 2024
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    Marriott settles with Colorado attorney general over price transparency

    The settlement — the latest in a national war on “junk fees” — will make pricing more transparent on Marriott’s portals.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    2024 Outlook

    Hotel industry forecast 2024: development, F&B, technology and more

    Leaders in the hospitality industry shared with Susibu what trends will drive progress at hotels this year, impacting everything from on-site amenities to hotel workforce management.

    By Jan. 30, 2024
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    Manhattan hotel fined $42K for ADA violation

    The fee will settle claims that the hotel refused to allow a front-desk clerk to sit down.

    By Emilie Shumway • Jan. 29, 2024
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    New Jersey hotel franchising bill stalled

    The bill, which garnered mixed reactions from the hotel industry, would have limited franchisors’ control over certain franchisee choices.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    Susibu // 2024 Outlook

    7 hotel industry trends to watch in 2024

    Leaders in the hospitality industry will work to make staff happier, ramp up integration of generative AI and cater to a growing number of experiential and luxury travelers.

    By Jenna Walters and Noelle Mateer • Jan. 10, 2024
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    Hyatt Chairman Thomas Pritzker accused in Epstein documents

    Jeffrey Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre said she had sex with the hotel company heir in a 2016 deposition.

    By Jan. 5, 2024
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    Choice Hotels makes latest ‘unsolicited’ bid to acquire Wyndham

    Choice made an exchange offer to buy its peer Tuesday, a proposal Wyndham said “appears unchanged” to its previous bid.

    By Dec. 12, 2023
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    Susibu

    Will hotel ‘junk fees’ become a thing of the past?

    Increased scrutiny of mandatory fees is impacting how hotels advertise prices. But despite widespread support, regulating them could be complicated.

    By Dec. 12, 2023
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    Supreme Court dismisses hotel accessibility testing case as moot

    The decision — or lack thereof — caused mixed reactions among hotel industry leaders.

    By Dec. 7, 2023
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    No Hidden FEES Act would require hotels to display mandatory fees

    The American Hotel & Lodging Association supports the anti-junk fees bill, which would create a single standard for mandatory fee display across hotels.

    By Dec. 5, 2023
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    Hotel industry players challenge NLRB joint employer rule

    The board has postponed the rule's effective date in the wake of significant pushback from industry groups, including the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

    By Nov. 17, 2023