In any situation, the prevention of extreme violence is always preferable to the grief and damage control that will inevitably come in its aftermath. However, recent events expose the reality of how extreme violence can occur in the hospitality industry. Learn about five steps that you can take to mitigate your business’ risk, should the unthinkable occur.Continue reading
With extreme violence developing into a nationwide epidemic, it’s an undeniable tragedy for the victims involved, as well as their families and loved ones. The communities and businesses in which the incidents have taken place are also affected.
Following the shocking events that took place last October in Las Vegas, many players in the hospitality industry are now reexamining their prevention plans and security measures. It’s important to make sure that those measures ensure and strengthen the safety of the guests without infringing on privacy or negatively affecting business. Learn five ways to better prepare your hospitality business against acts of extreme violence.Continue reading
Data breaches are at an all time high, up 45 percent from 2016, and hotels are a prime target. Accommodations, which includes hotels and restaurants, top the list for point-of-sale cyber breaches with the average cost of investigations being $735,000, increasing in cost based on the size of the company.
Hotel owners and managers need to be protected and prepared for when a data breach occurs. Distinguished Programs’ Senior Vice President, Kurt Meister, sat down with Hotel Business to discuss what steps to take when a breach happens – from evaluating your risks, preparing your hotel to respond, what to look for when searching for proper cyber liability coverage, and how to reduce cyber risks from occurring in the first place.Continue reading
Drones are changing the face of the insurance industry one small airborne device at a time. Now multiply that by a few million. Ever since the FAA eased regulations on the commercial use of drones in 2016, there has been a huge uptick in drone usage, especially by insurers. There could be as many as 7 million drones flying in the US skies by 2020, with 2.5 million of those being commercially operated.Continue reading
Sexual harassment happens. Can you say “Not in my hotel” and mean it?
Victims of sexual harassment are speaking up more and more these days, as evidenced by our nation’s ongoing scandals that pepper the news every week. ABC News recently reported that 60% of women have experienced sexual harassment on the job. And while the majority of women have traditionally not reported incidents sexual harassment, for fear of retribution at work, the tide is slowly changing.Continue reading
You can’t smell it. You can’t see it. You can’t hear it but it kills silently. Recently, a $12M settlement was reached in a lawsuit against a North Carolina hotel where a boy died from this colorless, odorless killer: carbon monoxide.Continue reading
Florida may be the next state to pass a bill that allows victims of human trafficking to sue members of the hospitality industry that have turned a blind eye to the crimes committed behind their closed doors. Texas and Pennsylvania have already passed similar legislation, and now, a new bill is passing through the Florida legislature.
While Florida already has legislation that provides victims with the ability and support to sue their traffickers, this new bill headed to the House and Senate would hold hotel owners and management accountable for the crimes committed at their establishments.Continue reading
As Bob Dylan says, “A hard rain is gonna fall…” and with it this weekend, a strong wind is gonna blow! The greater New York area is bracing for wind gusts up to 70 mph Friday, according to the National Weather Service, not to mention a coastal flood advisory through Saturday.
Are you ready? Doing a quick property sweep could help protect your building from severe wind damage.Continue reading
Does your hotel have a hidden hazard right in front of your face, or rather, your window? Window blind cords continue to kill children, decades after safety concerns about the risk of accidental strangulation has been recognized. Window cords don’t need to be old or broken to pose a risk. The existing model of corded window blinds is still hazardous, and a new ban on corded window blinds is in the works.Continue reading
Did you hear about the valet parking attendant that recently gave a $300K Ferrari’s keys to the wrong person? That’s more than a big oops – that’s a claim waiting to happen. USA Today reported on this unbelievable story out of Florida that highlights the importance of protecting your organization against the multiple risks associated with valet service.Continue reading
On Tuesday, January 30th, our Chicago team members coordinated and participated in a community service event at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) near Lurie Children’s Hospital in downtown Chicago. The team was joined by five different insurance agencies in the area where together they prepped and served a home-cooked lunch to families staying at the RMH. The menu included honey-glazed pork loin, roasted potatoes, garlic and lemon broccoli, and a salad.Continue reading
Our Limited Service Hotels program is now live on our Broker Portal – giving you access to the program’s key advantages with just a few quick clicks. Get access to hospitality service coverage enhancements wherever you want, whenever you want.Continue reading
Did you know? As a New York City property owner, you are required by law to maintain the sidewalks around your property. Neglecting your sidewalk could lead to hefty penalties.
When it comes to the sidewalk outside or adjacent to a property owner’s building, one might naturally assume that the city is responsible for its upkeep. But in New York City, that kind of assumption could lead to dire consequences. According to the New York Administrative Code (the NY Code), property owners themselves are responsible for maintaining the sidewalks, not the City.Continue reading