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February 20, 2013
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  Hospitality Risk Management 
  • Israel aims to boost tourism amid security concerns
    Although security is a concern, hotel development and travel are on the rise in Israel, and even the government is pitching in with grants. "It's understood by the government that tourism here is very sensitive to the political and geopolitical environment, and if we want investors to build big hotels for hundreds of millions of shekels, we have to help them," said Eran Nitzan, the Ministry of Tourism's senior deputy director for infrastructure development and investments. The Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem is set to open this summer. Bloomberg (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How can hotel attacks be prevented?
    A recent attack on the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis in Egypt was "a major blow" to tourism in the country, columnist Roland Wildberg said. He says that preparation is important; security in many new buildings is being integrated with the architecture. "In the Middle East such Physical Security Integrated Management (PSIM) are already standard -- including biometric input controls," writes Wildberg. 4Hoteliers (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC hotels boost security after jewelry heist
    A jewelry robbery at Jacob & Co. in the Four Seasons Hotel New York in Manhattan has spurred the Plaza and InterContinental to add guards and update their security cameras. According to hotel security sources, the theft last week is believed to have been an inside job -- most of the surveillance cameras were not working. New York Post (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Retail Risk Management 
  • Tallying the true cost of retail theft
    Retailers aren't the only ones hurt by shoplifters and organized retail thieves -- their actions drive up the price of goods for consumers, experts say. "Fighting these self-serving and unethical criminals has been a tedious battle, but we remain resolute in our efforts and our partnerships with law enforcement to combat this growing problem," said Rich Mellor of the National Retail Federation. Middletown Journal (Ohio) (1/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Innovation & Developments 
  • Vienna hotel debuts invisible room locks
    Hotel Bristol in Vienna is the first in the world to install Essence by VingCard, an invisible door lock. The system is compatible with "VingCard Elsafe's patented VISIONLINE system, a proprietary wireless networking platform that connects standalone electronic locks and other guestroom devices and systems" through a server, this feature says. Travel Daily News International (Greece) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TSA uses closed-circuit TV to counter theft at airports
    Closed-circuit television systems are instrumental in helping the Transportation Security Administration catch air travelers stealing from other fliers. Oftentimes, the travelers take something after a security check, while it is still in a bin on the screening conveyor belt, but authorities use closed-circuit systems to quickly find the responsible party. Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Hoteliers must make websites engaging, functional
    Hoteliers need to consider what consumers are looking for when they visit a hotel's website, writes Carol Banks Setter, national director of insights and innovations at Band Digital. She says including photos that are too small to show details and not giving users a way to change a reservation are two mistakes a hotel can make on its website. Luxury Daily (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Operations & Strategy 
  • How to get ready for tax time
    In this article, experts provide financial advice on a number of small-business tax topics, including tax credits, the Affordable Care Act and employee classification. CPA Vincenzo Villamena recommends reassessing classifications on a regular basis. "This is something that the IRS takes seriously and can be caught if you end a business relationship with a contractor in a bad way," Villamena says. B2C Marketing Insider/ (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How to stop crooks from stealing your company's tax identity
    Businesses and individuals can be victims of identity theft. Crooks can use your company's tax information to open credit card accounts and rack up large purchases, potentially ruining your credit in the process. Protect your business by shredding sensitive documents, setting policies for handling important information and watching out for fake e-mails claiming to be from the IRS. FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Travel Watch 
  • Clean hotel helps to ensure satisfaction, promotes safety
    Victor Aburto, director of housekeeping at Montage Beverly Hills in California, discusses what he looks for in a good housekeeper, and how the hotel deploys green cleaning practices. "One of the key drivers for guest engagement is that our environment is stunningly clean, which implies safety. It becomes very difficult for our guests to focus on the experience if it does not feel and look clean," Aburto said. Hotel Interactive (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from Valor 
  • Valor Officers credited with saving lives
    Over the past three years, Valor Officers have been credited with saving the lives of over 50 individuals. In 2012, Valor officers were credited with saving the lives of 15 people by using AEDs and/or CPR. Valor Security is a Faculty Partner of the American Heart Association. All of Valor's regional vice presidents are certified as instructor trainers with AED, CPR and First Aid, and their officers receive certification in these life safety skills. This training can help you to meet the OSHA requirement for CPR-trained staff on property. To learn more, contact LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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