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March 13, 2013News for the franchise sector

  Franchise News 
  • Brand USA promotes American tourism to global audience
    The federal government is teaming up with the travel and tourism industry in a $150 million effort called Brand USA, a global marketing campaign to target international tourists. The partnership has been criticized by some lawmakers, but Arne M. Sorenson, Marriott CEO and member of the Brand USA board of directors, said he sees the campaign as an economic development strategy. "These folks are shopping in our malls, eating in our restaurants," Sorenson said. "They are taking back both goods that they acquired here and memories that they acquired here, which hopefully will make them much more positive about the United States." The Washington Post (3/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Franchises advertise thousands of job opportunities
    Several franchises are advertising job opportunities across the country this week, including NAPA Auto Parts, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Sears Home Improvement Products and Title Boxing Club. Positions range from store owner to customer service representative to restaurant staff to delivery driver. Fox Business (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Starwood ramps up global growth of luxury brands
    Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide aims to open 50 new luxury hotels globally within the next five years as it seeks to capture the growth of a new generation of luxury travelers, executives said during the company's first luxury General Managers Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. "Today's luxury consumer is multinational and cross-generational, defined more by their interests and mindset than their geography and demographic. This growing cadre ... moves across our portfolio of luxury hotels for business and leisure, and demands personalized service at every turn," said Paul James, global brand leader for The Luxury Collection, St. Regis and W Hotels Worldwide. TravelPulse (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Best Practices & Business Leadership 
  • How to ensure your staff is satisfied
    Quickservice restaurants often experience annual turnover rates of 60%, but getting a handle on employee retention and loyalty is key to any franchise, said Mel Kleiman, founder of consulting firm Humetrics. Developing a culture of respect and hiring quality employees can help lead to better retention. "Employee satisfaction drives customer satisfaction. Customer satisfaction drives customer retention. Happy employees equals happy customers. Never in the history of business has a disgruntled employee delivered delightful service," sales productivity expert John Boyen added. Entrepreneur online (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trend Watch 
  • PKF forecasts steady growth for hotel industry this year
    PKF Hospitality Research has released its March 2013 Hotel Horizons report, which forecasts increases in hotels' earnings this year. Revenue per available room is expected to rise 6.1%, while net operating income is forecast to grow by 10.2%. "The uncertainty and fear generated by Congress' handling of the fiscal cliff and sequester may have tempered the pace of economic growth, but it has not completely shut down the growth in demand for lodging accommodations," said PKF Hospitality Research President R. Mark Woodworth. TravelPulse (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from IFA 
  • IFA advocacy includes 37 meetings with legislators, staff and policymakers in California
    As part of IFA's ongoing California advocacy efforts, more than 20 franchisees, franchisors and IFA staff traveled to Sacramento last week for IFA's first "Franchising Day." IFA hosted a dinner to thank various business groups and coalition partners for their solid assistance last year in stopping AB 2305, the potentially detrimental franchise legislation, from passing. The IFA group also had 37 meetings with elected officials, legislative staff and policymakers to communicate the positive economic impact of franchising in the state and stressed its continued opposition to any legislation that would harm the franchise industry. IFA's message was clear: "franchising = jobs." The group explained that California's 83,000 franchise businesses employ 925,000 workers and generate $94 billion in economic output. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Be a legal eagle of franchising
    Join us for the IFA's 46th Annual Legal Symposium May 5 through 7 in Washington, D.C. The program will provide value and real-world solutions to both business executives and their franchise legal partners. The program will focus on the practical use of the law and the "how-to's" for navigating today's business and regulatory environment. This year's Legal Symposium will be a training ground for what business executives and legal counsel need to know and how to put it into practice. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Finance Update 
  • IFA voices support for partnership tax law reform
    House Ways and Means Committee Chair Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., proposed the creation of a unified tax system for governing partnerships and S corporations as part of a draft plan to overhaul small businesses taxation. The proposal won support from several groups, including the IFA. "The Camp proposal would reduce compliance costs and provide greater certainty to the more than 8 million employees across the country who wake up every day and go to work in the franchise industry and those Americans who aspire to become franchisees," said Judith Thorman, IFA senior vice president of government relations and public policy. Bloomberg (3/12), The Wall Street Journal/Washington Wire blog (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • IFA backs judge's decision to overturn NYC's soda restrictions
    One day before New York City's ban on large sugary drinks was to go into effect, a state supreme court judge overturned the regulations, saying they were "arbitrary and capricious." "We applaud the court's decision to prevent Mayor Bloomberg's unnecessary and ineffective proposal from being enacted and enforced. The proposal was an example of government overreach that unfairly targeted restaurant franchises and would have done little to combat obesity, while placing excessive and arbitrary costs on franchisees throughout New York City," said Judith Thorman, senior vice president of government relations and public policy for the IFA. Nation's Restaurant News (free registration) (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lobbying for exemption delays calorie count menu labeling
    The Food and Drug Administration was tasked with writing requirements for chain restaurants and other food service establishments to disclose calorie counts on menus by the health care law, a job that is proving more difficult than expected as some companies lobby for exemptions. The agency proposed regulations in 2011 and estimated final rules would be released by spring 2013. "There are very, very strong opinions and powerful voices both on the consumer and public health side and on the industry side, and we have worked very hard to sort of figure out what really makes sense and also what is implementable," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said. U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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