Lodging News - December 2012

Packaging Tourism

Packaging Tourism

In an era when whole families engage with handheld devices at the expense of good old-fashioned dinner table conversation, it’s a challenge to get anyone’s attention. That makes devising a marketing strategy with irresistible offers all the more important for those in the hospitality business. These days, clever lodging operators are reaching out beyond their properties...

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Tapping The Chinese Market

Chinese tourism

The composition of international travelers to the United States is changing at an accelerating rate. According to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, the number of overseas travelers from countries whose nationals require U.S. visas increased 34 percent from 2006 to 2011 and is forecasted to increase by 53 percent from 2011 to 2016.

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Post Election Recap

Post election recap

The 2012 election cycle is in the books. As you know, President Obama was reelected for another four years at the national level. In Oregon, the only change was in the House of Representatives, which changed from a 30-30 seat tie among Republicans and Democrats, to a division of 34-26 with Democratic control.

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Paid Sick Leave

Paid Sick Leave

The City of Portland is considering adopting paid sick leave, which would give full and part-time employees the ability to accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every thirty hours worked. Portland is looking at both Seattle and San Francisco’s ordinances, but will likely use San Francisco’s as a basis for drafting the rule.

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Under the Weather in Portland

Under the weather

Following a trend in other West Coast cities, Portland is working on passing a paid sick-days ordinance. This proposed ordinance, if modeled after Seattle's, would impact personnel policies, accounting procedures, and financial reporting.

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Keep a Lock on Slips and Falls

slips and falls

According to the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA), the foodservice and lodging industry is responsible for bringing in more than $7.5 billion in annual sales and generates 54 percent of the annual tourism dollars spent in Oregon. There’s no doubt that you do everything possible to effectively oversee and manage your business, but are you doing all you can do to protect your employees and guests?

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