AHLA | June 26, 2019
Proposed Rule Would Provide Clarity, Certainty to Businesses WASHINGTON (June 26, 2019) – The American & Hotel Lodging Association (AHLA) today commended the U.S. Department of Labor for its efforts to provide clarity and certainty to employers in comments submitted to the Department for its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Joint Employer Status. “The hotel industry is a major economic driver, supporting millions of jobs and offering opportunities for entrepreneurs and small businesses,” said Brian Crawford, executive vice president of government affairs at AHLA. “In fact, three out of five hotels are small business—many o...
David Lund | February 4, 2019
By David Lund Marriott. Hilton. IHG. Wyndham. Choice. For years these chains have publicized the advantages of working with them: advanced loyalty programs that promise to bring consistent customers, low fees, tough negotiations with OTAs, and preferred financing options. Not so fast. Are the brands' claims actually true? While many owners have fallen victim to the claims of the brands, you need not do the same. As Mark Twain once said, "Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." Let's take a closer look at what the brands are claiming, to make sure you know what to expect before entering i...
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts | January 16, 2019
PARSIPPANY, N.J., Jan. 16, 2019 -- Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH) announced that it has reacquired exclusive direct franchising rights for its Days Inn® brand for the People's Republic of China. The Days Inn portfolio in China consists of more than 70 economy, midscale and upscale hotels encompassing more than 12,500 rooms. The reacquisition of the direct franchising rights was effected through the termination of the master license agreement between Wyndham Hotels and its master licensee for the Days Inn system in China and aligns with Wyndham Hotels' strategy to grow its direct-franchising operations in emerg...
David Lund | July 9, 2018
By David Lund I know we all hear the battle cries every day in our industry, but what's really going on with hotel brands, franchisers, the online travel agents and their war over commissions and fees? In this piece, I am going to expose an angle that I think needs some light. It gets back to a fundamental understanding of how our industry functions based on its evolved structure, with brands and owners. I also believe this is a good lesson in hotel business strategy, to understand what underpins the relationship between the warring parties and what drives the business model with hotel franchisers and brands. The first thing to know abo...
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