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Virginia Senate Slows Legalization of Airbnb

The Virginia Senate has passed an amended version of the Limited Residential Lodging Act that will slow down legislation to legalize short-term online rental platforms like Airbnb. The House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to amend the bill (SB 416) to ...

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Franchise Jobs Increase by 18,500 in February

U.S. private-sector franchise jobs increased by 18,500 during the month of February, a slight decline from the 20,000 jobs added in January, the ADP National Franchise Report shows. Accommodations rebounded into positive territory after losing 2,500 jobs in January. The ...

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Omni Demonstrates Commitment to Job Growth

Omni Hotels & Resorts testified at a hearing held yesterday by the Subcommittee on Human Resources to highlight the importance of public-private partnerships to help connect low-income individuals with job opportunities. Barbara Doucet, corporate director of human resources at Omni, ...

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Marriott/Starwood Merger Cleared by DOJ and FTC

The first regulatory hurdle for the Marriott/Starwood merger was cleared on Monday when the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission did not challenge the deal under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. Marriott and Starwood will vote ...

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Distribution and Online Marketing Among Top Hotelier Needs

According to a new whitepaper by hotel technology experts Dr. Peter O’Connor, SiteMinder, and Revinate, managed guest relationships, integrated technology systems, and improved data collection and security are hoteliers top needs when it comes to distribution and online marketing. The ...

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