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  • Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle Introduces PanEarth Initiative

  • The Pacific Northwest region has always been at the forefront of the green revolution, and at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle, we felt it made good business sense to offer sustainable services and options that were in line with our customers’ wants and needs. Since opening in 2006, the team at Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle has put a significant focus on being globally responsible and on collaborating with our local community. In 2010, we made a mindful decision to implement a property-wide sustainability program called PanEarth.

    The PanEarth program incorporates all aspects of community and environment into corporate decision-making and honors of the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit. The triple bottom line is a set of values and criteria for measuring organizational and societal success based on economic, ecological and social impact. While other hotels often adopt environmentally friendly practices as cost saving initiatives, Pan Pacific implemented the PanEarth program because we truly value sustainable practices and believe that our customers know the difference. After an initial cost benefit analysis, our leadership team concluded that it made business sense to invest in a wide variety of initiatives and we have already seen direct returns from our initial investments. For ...

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Hotel Law: The Biggest Challenges
Given the size and scope of the international hotel industry, the subject of hotel law is equally varied and vast. From development deals to management agreements; from food and beverage liability to labor and employment; from claims management to anti-trust matters; to legal concerns surrounding the issues of risk, safety and security, the practice of hotel law relies upon the expertise of many different kinds of legal specialists and practitioners. Though the subject matter is broad, there are several pending legal issues which will loom large in 2014 and beyond. The Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented in 2014 and its impact on hotel companies and their hiring practices is still to be determined. Other significant labor issues to be addressed include lawsuits pertaining to tip credit and tip pooling; wage-hour audits conducted by the Department of Labor: ongoing negotiations with unions involving living wage issues and the right of workers to organize; and increased pressure on hotel operations to be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. On the business side of the industry, it is expected that there will be a wave of new hotel development that will engender all the related legal issues – land acquisition, entitlements, joint ventures and other financing, selection of hotel operators and brands, along with Hotel Management and Franchise Agreements. In addition, it is projected that there will be a substantial increase in foreign investment – particularly from the Chinese. Chinese investment will involve all the normal legal issues of an investment from due diligence, acquisition and financing, but will add layers of complexity to deal with tax and other international issues involving direct foreign investment in the U.S. These critical issues and others pertaining to Hotel Law will be explored in the December issue of Hotel Business Review.