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January 25, 2013News for the franchise sector

  Franchise News 
  • Hotel execs discuss vital industry issues in 2013
    Robust room demand in 2012 has placed the hotel industry in a position to push rates this year, a panel of hotel executives said during the opening session of the Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles this week. "Barring something unforeseen, we should have a pretty good year," said Steve Joyce, president and CEO of Choice Hotels International. The leaders also voiced their opinions on distribution and technology trends that are affecting the industry. (1/23), Hotel Management online (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Quickservice companies try new methods to attract franchisees
    Smashburger and other quickservice brands are looking for new ways to find franchisees. "We'll find folks who have done well and have enough capital. ... We are pretty strategic," explained David Prokupek, the company's chairman and CEO. Meanwhile, Cousins Subs is attempting to expand its base of multi-unit franchisees. (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. brands eye expansion in Australia
    Franchise brands such as Denny's, BrightStar and The Melting Pot are exploring opportunities to expand in Australia. Denny's, which already has stores in New Zealand, has more than 1,600 units in the U.S. and is also active in countries such as Japan, Canada and Mexico. The Australian economy is doing relatively well, which could be part of the reason that American businesses are interested in it. (Australia) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Franchise companies in the fat-fighting business
    Medifast and Nuviva are among the franchises that are offering weight-loss assistance. According to Nuviva, which was founded in 2010, the fundamentals of weight loss include education, diet and exercise. Medifast, which has been around for a longer period of time, has an advisory board that includes physicians and nutritionists. Small Business Trends (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hilton Worldwide touts record development pipeline
    Hilton Worldwide said its global development pipeline numbers nearly 170,000 rooms in almost 1,000 hotel properties -- representing the largest pipeline in the lodging industry. The hotel firm said its 2012 growth drive led to more than 28,000 additional rooms in 171 new hotels around the world. TravelPulse (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices & Business Leadership 
  • What's your big idea?
    Leaders need to have a big, bold vision that others can rally around, writes Karen Kang. That's the best way to burnish your personal brand and to get the most out of your workers, Kang writes. "The measure of your success is not just what others are saying about you, but in the impact you are making on the world," she writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • Franchises expand in unusual places
    In addition to traditional franchise locations, companies are looking for opportunities to expand in new places such as airports and movie theaters, writes franchise lawyer Chad Finkelstein. However, these nontraditional opportunities can come with a unique set of issues; for example, the franchise concept may need to be modified. Financial Post (Canada) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News from IFA 
  • Online registration ends Feb. 1 for ICFE Special Sessions
    Don’t miss your opportunity to register for one of the ICFE Special Sessions scheduled for Feb. 16 and Feb. 17. After Feb. 1, online registration will be closed. Eight sessions will be presented: four concurrent sessions each day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Member registration is $550 and non-member is $800. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Finance Update 
  • Why the U.S. needs immigration reform
    Immigrants make valuable contributions to the American economy, but the current immigration system needs to be revamped, writes Andrew Puzder of CKE Restaurants. "Comprehensive immigration reform should resolve the status of the current undocumented population and fix the system of legal immigration to help prevent illegal activity in the future while providing the economy with a capable and motivated workforce," he writes. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opponents take NYC big-soda ban fight to court
    The NAACP and a network of Hispanic groups have joined a lawsuit brought by beverage makers, restaurant operators and other opponents of New York City's looming ban on sodas bigger than 16 ounces. Among other issues, the groups say the measure will hurt small, minority-owned food businesses like hot dog vendors whose customers will be able to buy larger sodas at 7-Eleven and other chains not regulated by the city. The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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