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Herve Tardy

As if hotels didn't have enough to deal with amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cybersecurity is becoming a bigger concern. Hackers are capitalizing on the evolution of IT infrastructure and the increasingly important role it now plays in keeping operations up-and-running. In this article, we'll cover some ways to execute an end-to-end cybersecurity strategy and keep critical power assets protected. READ MORE

Maryann Prestia

The number one priority of a hotelier is the health, safety and well-being of both their guests and employees, but maintenance risks abound both inside and outside of hotels. Distinguished Programs' vice president and hospitality program manager Maryann Prestia examines these risks, as well as what causes them, and offers best practices for taking a proactive approach to hotel maintenance. READ MORE

James Lefcakis

What hoteliers call a "secure network" is only a click away from being exposed by someone within the hotel just trying do their daily duties. Understanding the benefits of training every employee on best data-security practices is the first step to protecting your guest's data and your systems from the multitude of new phishing schemes that impact our industry daily. READ MORE

Janet Wright

Hundred-year floods, hurricanes, wildfires and snowstorms seem to be increasing in frequency. After the wildfires we've seen out West, the hurricanes that have plagued the Southeast and the derechos and blizzards that have hammered the Northeast and Midwest, hoteliers have realized that preparation is key. But what are best practices in terms of disaster planning? Let's take a look! READ MORE

Patrick Hardy

The global impact of COVID-19 has required hoteliers and their corporate teams around the world to adapt quickly and recognize the importance of a robust disaster plan. But, what kinds of plans need to be created, and how should they be maintained and implemented in the "new normal"? This article provides a basic examination of the essential elements of a robust emergency response and business continuity program. READ MORE

Bob Butler

As the U.S. edges further into the summer months, it's safe to say that this year things are very different. COVID-19 has dramatically impacted consumer confidence. As the pandemic unfolds, many are reluctant to go back to 'the way things were.' These days, the country has embraced unusually 'low key' summer celebrations in the wake of COVID-19, yet even the notion of public activities is understandably too much for some. This article looks at insight from a recent nationwide consumer confidence survey, and suggests actions operators can take, to increase consumer and employee trust and confidence this season and beyond. READ MORE

Maryann Prestia

Even in the United States, human trafficking is a widespread problem that often goes unnoticed. Due to its illicit nature, many businesses fail to realize sex trafficking and labor trafficking, the two most common forms of the crime, may actually be happening right under their noses. For hoteliers, this poses a unique risk that requires vigilance, a keen eye and training to recognize. READ MORE

John Bailey

Technology is a hot topic of discussion in the hospitality sector. But while hotel professionals are intrigued by the disruptive potential of new tools and technologies that promise to improve the guest experience and impact the bottom line, the tech revolution in hospitality is introducing new and concerning vulnerabilities. Increasingly connected hotels are a target for bad actors, and with more sensitive information exposed, hotels - many of which are behind the cybersecurity curve - are ripe targets for increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks and other digital scams. With email phishing and ransomware at an all-time high, it is incumbent upon hotel owners and operators to protect themselves, their properties and their guests. READ MORE

Katharine Le Quesne

Let's talk solutions, indeed. So much coverage has focused on the spread of the corona virus and the business impact – but where is the open debate about solutions? What should the hospitality industry do, in light of the global concern, travel restrictions and financial impact? This article is really a rallying call to our industry, to start an honest discussion with operators, investors and individuals about ways to mitigate and manage the risks of this global emergency. Let's get a grip and pool our collective ideas to help colleagues across the world as they grapple with the effects of the corona virus on global travel and tourism. READ MORE

John Welty

As recreational marijuana usage has become legal or decriminalized in a number of states and medical use has been accepted in even more, it has become important for business owners to understand marijuana's position in the workplace. In particular, hotel owners should understand its impact on safety and productivity. In this article, John Welty, president of SUITELIFE® Underwriting Managers, will discuss new changes to cannabis laws and what they mean for hotel owners and management. He will discuss employer rights when implementing a drug-free policy in the workplace and offer best practices to include in employee training and handbooks. READ MORE

Greg Winey

Hurricanes define you and your business. They test everything from physical to mental preparedness. During times of crisis, those in the hospitality industry act as caretakers. Guests and staff are reliant on solid and strong leadership to feel safe in the face of these growing storm systems. Communicate. Stock up on necessary foods and goods. Secure your hotel. Above all, be patient and have endurance. Do anything and everything to prepare your properties, your guests, your staff and yourself for the unknown. Don't try to predict what the storm will do – it's almost impossible. Just monitor and prepare for the worst but hope for the best. READ MORE

Nancy Brown

Hotels are a 365 day a year, 24 hour a day enterprise. This business model provides a number of challenges, including how best to provide for guests needs while balancing costs when considering overnight shift capacities. This final instalment of the four part series unfolding disaster resilience in the hotel sector provides lessons learned by Wellington New Zealand hotels following a midnight earthquake in Kaikõura New Zealand. Hotel staff rose to the opportunity to provide guest service when faced with this significant disruption. Hotel leaders and staff learned a number of lessons and provide a few clear ideas that hotel everywhere can adopt to improve their resilience. READ MORE

Kurt Meister

Today, some of the foremost hotel security threats are crimes on which insurers have started to tighten the reigns. These include abuse (both sexual and physical), battery and molestation. Adding to the mix is the despicable global crime of human trafficking. Each of these emerging threats brings new questions for hotels and their employees, including how employees can identify this type of deviant activity. This article walks you through each of these emerging threats and explores the risks, the potential solutions, the value of getting it right, and the ever-expanding costs of allowing this type of activity at your hotel. READ MORE

Nancy Brown

A study of hotels in New Zealand shows both strength in their disaster resilience and a few areas for improvement. The Disaster Resilience for Hotels framework is used as a basis for the surveys which were distributed to hotel general managers and staff. Analysis of the results helps to understand hotel resilience predictors. Hotel leaders can use this information to make evidence based decisions about their organizations disaster management activities and operational choices. Key findings: include front line service staff in planning, hotels need to network with community and government organizations, and operational capacities in disasters need analysis.? READ MORE

John Welty

Human trafficking is a despicable crime where individuals are forced into commercial sex or labor. It is crime that affects nearly 25 million victims around the world and a crime in which, too often, hotels unknowingly play a part. The privacy offered by hotels is particularly attractive to traffickers and can be a weak spot for hotels. In this article, we look at recent trafficking incidents where hotels were involved, state laws on human trafficking impacting hotels and what hotel operators and staff can do to prevent these incidents or properly identify such a situation should they encounter one. READ MORE

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Coming up in April 2021...

Guest Service: Health and Safety First

Though expectations are that hotels will return to some semblance of normalcy in 2021, their highest priority must continue to be the health and safety of guests and employees. To that end, hotels are training their guest service personnel in enhanced cleaning routines, which include the following practices - bathrooms, elevator buttons, remote controls and other high-touch items, are disinfected and cleaned with a higher frequency; all tables, chairs and menus in restaurants are cleaned at a much higher frequency, and after each seating; floor markers in public areas to remind guests and team members to maintain physical distance; hand alcohol stations and disposable gloves in lobbies and restaurants; loose items such as pens, note pads and information material removed from rooms and meeting rooms; limiting the number of seats in restaurants and public areas; and revised food & beverage offerings. The April issue of the Hotel Business Review will review how guest service personnel are being trained to maintain health and safety protocols in their operations.