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On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

On the Move: This Week’s Comings and Goings

Michelle Lardizabal has been named vice president of sales for Club Med. In her new role, she will join the executive committee and worldwide leadership committee to lead the sales team and focus on the brand’s global expansion efforts. With ...

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Restaurant Industry Not Hurt by Minimum Wage Increase

Restaurant Industry Not Hurt by Minimum Wage Increase

ITHACA, N.Y.—Federal and state minimum wage increases over the past twenty years have not resulted in fewer restaurants or lower employment in the United States, according to an analysis published by the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) at Cornell’s School ...

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The Backstory of the Marriott-Starwood Merger

The Marriott-Starwood merger was one of the biggest hospitality stories of 2015. However, most people don’t know the long and winding road it took to get to that point. Marriott was one of 30 contenders who expressed interest in Starwood ...

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End of 2015 Sees Strong Employment Numbers

Franchise employment growth finished strong in December, adding the second most jobs of any month in 2015. According to the ADP National Franchise Report, U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 48,600. Restaurants had their second biggest month of the year ...

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Strong Dollar Impacts U.S. Tourism

By all indications, the dollar will remain strong for the foreseeable future, which means that it will continue to create headwinds for foreign visitors interested in coming to the United States. International travelers often stay longer and spend more than ...

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