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Federal court rules on ‘joint-employer’ case
AAHOA head says the ruling only raises more questions
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The U.S. District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on the National Labor Relations Board’s definitions of joint-employer status illustrates the need for a “statutory fix” that sets a clear definition of the status, AAHOA President and CEO Chip Rogers said in a statement.
A DECISION BY a federal appeals court in late December regarding the National Labor Relations Board’s definitions of joint-employer status does little to help clarify that definition, according to AAHOA. Meanwhile, the NLRB is still taking public comments on a proposed rule change on that definition.

The U.S. District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling on Dec. 28 upheld NLRB’s joint-employer test defined in its 2015 Browning-Ferris decision, saying it was correct to find that a company’s “right to control and indirect control” could be considered in deciding its joint-employer status. At the same time, it sent the issue back to the board for consideration over the scope of the definition of indirect control.

“The court held that the board ‘failed to differentiate between those aspects of indirect control relevant to status as an employer, and those quotidian aspects of common-law third-party contract relationships,’” the National Law Review said. “Stated plainly, the board failed to explain what constitutes ‘indirect control’ for purposes of the joint-employer test.”

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INSIDERS
Insiders Salvatore Takoushian is the new president and chief financial officer for Los Angeles-based real estate investment and development firm Urban Commons. As CFO he will oversee the company’s strategy, company operations, financial partnerships and acquisitions.

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Marriott lowers number of guests affected by data breach
The 500 million estimate previously given is now down more than 1 million
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Marriott International now says the data of at most 383 million guests was compromised in a hack of its now defunct Starwood reservation system.
IT TURNS OUT it was not quite half a billion guests who were affected by a data breach of Marriott International’s Starwood reservation system as announced in November. The company now says the number now is closer to 383 million, tops.

The new numbers are the result of Marriott’s forensic investigation of the leak. The 383 million figure is the upper limit on the amount of records involved.

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CBRE economic experts doubt recession fears
CBRE Hotels' Americas Research Senior Managing Director Mark Woodworth (left) and senior advisor Jack Corgel give their final “Lodging Insights” for 2018.
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CBRE Hotels' Americas Research Senior Managing Director Mark Woodworth (left) and senior advisor Jack Corgel give their final “Lodging Insights” for 2018.
CONCERNS ABOUT A recession are probably unfounded, but an economic slowdown is still a possibility this year, according to two experts at CBRE Hotels' Americas Research. In their final episode for 2018 of their “Lodging Insights” video series, CBRE's Senior Managing Director Mark Woodworth and senior advisor Jack Corgel give their reasons not to panic … yet.

The overall state of the U.S. economy has been much on his mind, said Corgel, who also is a professor of real estate at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. It’s also been a constant topic of discussion among his peers, with some expressing the possibility of a recession on the horizon, he said.

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Special Report 2018
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OPENINGS
openings The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Fort Worth Southwest at Cityview in Fort Worth, Texas, will open Jan. 8. It is owned by Jignesh Patel and Denish Patel and managed by Pride Management Inc. of Beaumont, Texas.

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NUMBERS
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5.2 percent  

The percent of decline in profits for U.S. hotels in November over the same month last year, according to HotStats, the biggest decline seen so far in 2018.

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Advent International to acquire Aimbridge Hospitality
Deal set to close in February, purchase amount undisclosed
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Global private equity investor Advent International will acquire majority ownership of Dallas, Texas-based Aimbridge Hospitality, management company for 800 hotels around the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.
MAJORITY OWNERSHIP OF Dallas, Texas-based third-party hotel management company Aimbridge Hospitality will soon be acquired by Boston, Massachusetts-based private equity investor Advent International. The deal is expected to close by February.

The companies did not disclose the purchase amount in announcing the deal. Lee Equity and General Atlantic are the sellers.

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GRAPHIC OF DAY
STR: U.S. hotels’ performance down during last week of December
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AS 2018 WRAPPED up, U.S. hotels saw declines in performance, according to STR. Among individual markets, Dallas, Texas, saw the highest increases in all measures due to the College Football Playoff Semifinal between Notre Dame and Clemson.

Occupancy for the week of Dec. 24-30 dropped 1.8 percent from the same time the previous year to 50.9 percent. ADR dropped 0.5 percent to $130.57 and RevPAR went down 2.3 percent to $66.52. There were declines in performance for hotels in 19 of the top 25 cities STR monitors.

Houston, Texas, continued to see performance declines, as it did in the third quarter of 2018. Occupancy, driven to record highs in 2017 after Hurricane Harvey, declined 14.5 percent to 42.1 percent. ADR also dropped 10.1 percent to $78.09 and RevPAR dipped 23.1 percent to $32.87. Phoenix, Arizona, reported the second-largest decline in RevPAR, down 9 percent to $61.85, due primarily to the second-steepest decrease in occupancy, which fell 7.7 percent to 55.8 percent.

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