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John Welty

For some guests, the presence of a valet at the front door of a hotel is as expected as a bed in a guest room. And for hoteliers, implementing such a program may not seem to require much investment or planning. What they must keep in mind, however, is that valet programs don't come without risks, particularly in the wake of COVID-19. READ MORE

Heidi Strommen

Hoteliers tasked with addressing risk management for both day-to-day operations of the hotel and for on-site restaurants have plenty to consider. Risk management for restaurants and bars is complex in its own right. For these businesses located on a hotel's premises, the risks are only amplified. Heidi Strommen, President of ProHost USA, a division of Distinguished Programs, examines the typical risks found in bars and restaurants, steps that can be taken to mitigate these risks and who is responsible for claims when an on-site restaurant and bar is a tenant of a hotel, rather than part of the hotel entity. READ MORE

Janet Wright

After the COVID-19 crisis, consumers will likely be eager to get away and book a week's vacation at a resort property. For many, this could also mean scheduling at least a few days' worth of childcare during their stay. Many resorts offer activities and lessons for children, day camps, babysitting services and more. These offerings are appealing to hotel guests, but what happens if something goes wrong? In this article, we offer tips on how to design and maintain child-safe programs in a post-COVID-19 environment, common risks hotels must consider, and ways to protect the hotel should an incident occur. READ MORE

Maryann Prestia

Hotel theft is steadily declining in the U.S. While hoteliers have made strides in guest safety through the implementation of on-premise security initiatives, there remains room for improvement. Understanding and addressing areas of risk, focusing on employee training, relying on outside expertise and incorporating new technical resources can further improve the guest experience by making safety a core principle. Distinguished Programs' vice president and hospitality program manager Maryann Prestia examines the typical types of hotel theft, steps hotels should take to decrease the frequency of these risks and the ways modern hotels are creating a seamless and secure customer experience. READ MORE

Sean Young

For operators of hotel casinos, the amount of risk exposure can rise faster than a progressive jackpot on a slot machine. Because guests tend to stay on-site at hotel casinos far longer than guests at any other class of hotel, these venues have a radically different risk profile. Add in an events center, a bar or a live entertainment venue, and the risks multiply. This article takes an in-depth look at four risks on which hotel casinos can't gamble and offers practical tips operators can take to limit their hotel casino's exposure to a potentially devastating financial loss. READ MORE

John Welty

No business is immune to a cyberattack. Hotels handle guest personal information and credit card information. They also handle numerous transactions in person and via the Internet. If one hotel employee were to fall victim to a sophisticated phishing scam, the hotel's reputation and revenue stream could be deeply affected. To avoid this, hotel owners and operators need to identify and understand their risk exposures. As hackers get more sophisticated with each passing day, it's important to reevaluate a business's risk regularly. In this article, we discuss recent cyberattacks affecting hotels and the repercussions, as well as what hotel owners and operators can do about it. READ MORE

John Welty

Wildfires have wreaked havoc out West in recent years, threatening California's wine country and other northern towns, as well as Los Angeles and its suburbs. While ensuring personal safety is the first priority after wildfires, a subsequent step should include exploring what a homeowner or in this case, hotel owner, can do to best handle a future wildfire situation. In this article, we'll discuss how hotels impacted by wildfires can take steps to deter damage and get their businesses back up and running. This could include starting up air handling equipment or bringing systems back on-line, among other things. READ MORE

Kurt Meister

While a slip or fall remains the most common cause of guest injuries, a hotel's largest risk exposure may lie in the water. Legionella outbreaks have been reported at several hotels nationwide. This deadly bacterium can be fatal. When it spreads, it affects multiple guests. And when your hotel receives a claim, you may not be covered if your insurance policy includes a bacteria exclusion. This article walks through common causes of guest injuries – from legionella and E. coli to bed bugs and molestation – and offers best practices for preventing injuries, protecting your hotel and safeguarding your guests. READ MORE

John Welty

In the competitive hotel space, guests expect hotels to offer variety, creativity and excellence in not only the accommodations and services they offer, but in the ancillary activities they provide. Pools, gyms, spas and daily excursions all present a variety of risk exposures to hotels that owners and operators need to consider. In this article, we discuss new trends in activities and services provided by hotels, as well as the risks involved with each and how to mitigate them. READ MORE

Dana Kravetz

Insurance represents a significant cost of doing business for hoteliers. But too few truly comprehend the coverages they are paying for or why certain policies are needed at all. Which is why this overview of insurance and its role in hospitality-related risk management should come in handy. With an emphasis on the importance of adequate insurance coverage, and a straightforward explanation of the types of policies hoteliers should be in the market for - CGL, Worker's Comp, EPLI, Crime and Cyber, among them - the following primer for hotel and resort owners and operators is meant to clarify a subject that is oftentimes misunderstood. READ MORE

Raul Chacon

Providing a safe and healthy workplace is not only required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is also essential to protect a hotel and its employees from the negative repercussions of work-related accidents and illnesses. As a hotel owner or manager, it is important to maintain a safe work environment to protect employees and better control related costs. This article explains what to do before, during and after a workplace accident, as well as actionable steps hotel executives can take to create a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. READ MORE

John Welty

"Who are you wearing?" will again be asked up and down the red carpet this year during Hollywood's annual awards season. Big names in the fashion and jewelry world like Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Christian Louboutin, and Cartier are likely to be the answers. This may leave one to wonder - how are these high-value items protected when the celebrities are off the red carpet and back in their hotel rooms? And then, how do non-celebrity hotel guests ensure their higher value items are protected during their vacations and hotel stays? In this article, we discuss insurance coverages hotels provide or should consider providing to protect guest property - whether high value or standard, tips on how to mitigate risk exposure, as well as additional options for hotel guests to expand their personal coverage when they are on the road. READ MORE

John Welty

Hotels provide a variety and growing number of ancillary services from child care to swim lessons to spa treatments. With so many different services being offered in one hotel, it can become increasingly difficult for hotel owners and operators to make sure they have the right protections in place in case anything goes wrong. Unfortunately, when a hotel is providing day care services, youth related events or intimate spa services, among other things, risks abound. In this article, we talk about the insurance coverages hotel owners and operators should consider when they add additional service offerings to their suite of hotel guest services. READ MORE

John Welty

The opportunity to drive their dream car is on the bucket list of many. That goal can be checked off fairly easily these days as luxury car driver experiences are available through a variety of venues, including hotels and resorts. Dreamers no longer have to shell out hundreds of thousands to drive a Lamborghini; they can reserve a luxury suite at certain high-end hotels and enjoy the privilege of driving one for a few hours. Of course, for hotels and resorts offering this luxury service, new risks come with the experiences. In this article, we discuss what hotel and resort owners participating in these luxury driver experiences can do to make sure they have taken the proper steps to protect their guests, employees and their bottom lines. READ MORE

John Welty

Discrimination has been a hot topic in the news lately. The "Hate Has No Home Here" campaign, women's marches, LGBTQ issues and Black Lives Matter protests are just a few examples of how Americans have been turning up the heat on what some view as existing but emerging threats to their race, gender, age, religion, or lifestyle. On the corporate side, the discrimination issue has left virtually no industry untouched. In this article, we will examine the impact of the topic of discrimination as it continues to gain steam in the hospitality industry, in particular. We will also discuss examples, insurance coverages available as well as risk management tips. READ MORE

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Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.