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The Visit U.S. Coalition was launched on Jan. 16 to help combat the decline in international visitation to the U.S. Left to right: Roger Dow, President & CEO, U.S. Travel Association; Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President & Chief Policy Officer, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Geoff Freeman, President & CEO, American Gaming Association; and Katherine Lugar, President & CEO, American Hotel & Lodging Association, during an introductory conference call from U.S. Travel’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

John Marriott III Alleges Psychiatric Wrongdoing in Suit Against Father J.W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr.

Grant Broadhurst

As part of John Marriott III’s recently-filed litigation against his father, J. W. “Bill” Marriott, Jr., and his uncle, Richard Marriott alleging breached of fiduciary duty, John Marriott’s lawyers have requested his father and uncle produce certain documents pertaining to Bill Marriott’s alleged funding of the younger Marriott’s doctor, a psychiatrist, Dr. Stephen Hersh.



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MPI Displaced by Office Building Fire

Todd McElwee

A Dec. 18 electrical fire at MPI’s headquarters within the Meridian, a 10-story office building in Dallas, has forced the association to occupy temporary office space in Irving, Tx. Paul Van Deventer, President & CEO, MPI, told USAE the association hopes to return home by the end of January but no concrete plans are in place.

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California Mudslides Forces Hotel Closures

Grant Broadhurst

The deadly mudslides in Montecito have disrupted transportation and stopped the operation of three hotels, but those unable to return to their homes are getting substantial discounts for hotel rooms.
The Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara, the Montecito Inn and the San Ysidro Ranch are closed due to the mudslides in Montecito, an unincorporated community just east of the city of Santa Barbara. However, numerous area hotels unaffected by the mudslides have offered special rates for evacuees.

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Searchwide to “Connect” Clients with Mid-Management Talent


Jonathan Trager

Searchwide has launched a new search division for mid-level positions, expanding its sphere of service beyond that of seeking candidates for upper-level opportunities.
Announced on Jan. 18, Searchwide Connect will quickly identify candidates for clients who want to find mid-management employees. Such positions typically pay under $100,000 and include such jobs as Sales Manager, Marketing Manager, Catering Manager, Food & Beverage Manager, and Revenue Manager.

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Skiing in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea… The hotly anticipated and recently completed Kanggye Ski Resort promises to imbue “workers and youths with solid physical strength” and was finished ahead of schedule due to the “supreme will of the people,” according to North Korean media. Of course, HOTS read about it on the BBC since HOTS’ Korean is a bit nonexistent. Of course, HOTS would like to be imbued with solid physical strength from skiing across communist snows, but unfortunately, HOTS isn’t sure how to make a reservation at the new resort. Unlike other destinations, North Korea doesn’t seem to want visitors, which means the new ski resort is one of the most exclusive resorts in the world – and thus a dream for HOTS. On the other hand, HOTS also looks forward to watching other people ski in the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea since that will involve more gourmet snacks than sore muscles.

 

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