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What are today’s Most Pressing Issues for Hospitality Business Owners and Managers?

publication date: Jan 5, 2012
author/source: Dr. John Hogan CHA CHE CMHS

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What are today’s Most Pressing Issues for Hospitality Business Owners and Managers?



By Dr. John Hogan, CHA CHE CMHS     January 5, 2012



According to both consumer news and the industry press, the global economy continues to falter in many locations, yet there are signs of growth and optimism in certain market segments. While preparing this article, I elected to go in a slightly different direction and focus several pieces on identifying the most pressing issues facing owners and managers in hospitality today.  


The colossal misunderstanding of our time is the assumption that insight will work with people who are unmotivated to change. Communication does not depend on syntax, or eloquence, or rhetoric, or articulation but on the emotional context in which the message is being heard.

People can only hear you when they are moving toward you, and they are not likely to when your words are pursuing them. Even the choices words lose their power when they are used to overpower. Attitudes are the real figures of speech.          - Edwin H. Friedman


In previous Hospitality Conversations™, we have shared with readers opinions and perspectives from professionals in a number of positions that support hospitality businesses, including brokers, executive search firms, designers, architects, educators, quality assurance firms and operational consultants.  My co-founder at HospitalityEducators.com, Kathleen Hogan, has written several Hospitality Conversations columns on internship programs at universities with hospitality programs. 


My first 2012 Hospitality Conversations™ is with a well respected educator and author, Dr. William Frye, CHE.   Dr Frye has both academic and industry experience, has participated in faculty internships with Marriott and Hyatt Hotels and will be hosting the Lodging Track at the February 2012  HospitalityLawyer.com annual conference       http://www.hospitalitylawyer.com/index.php?id=53    


There are two basic questions asked:

  1. What would you say have been the biggest changes in hospitality law affecting hotel owners in the past 5 years?

The biggest challenges that hotel owners have faced for the past five years have been related to increased government influence and new legislation aimed at curtailing employers’ control over their business organization and workforce.

Hoteliers continue to be subjected to various new or increased mandates imposed upon employers by both the federal and state governments including

·         the NLRB Employee Rights Poster,

·          Wage Theft Protection Act,

·          increased enforcement of OSHA workplace regulations,

·         adjustments to the FMLA for families of military personnel,

·         increased protections mandated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission for safer baby cribs,

·         the enactment of higher minimum

·         wage laws,

·         the possibility of the Employee Free Choice Act being implemented,

·         more stringent reporting requirements by hotel operators to their respective government agencies, and

·         so much more.

Likely the result of a Democratic influenced administration, the last five years has demonstrated greater governmental involvement and influence over how owners and managers operate their hotels and how they must comply with such increased mandates.  


  1. What would you opine are the two biggest issues hotel managers face in the coming year?

Undoubtedly the international trade imbalance, increasing national debt, increased unemployment rate, and concerns about the credit-worthiness of the American government have resulted in the devaluation of the U.S. dollar and lack of confidence in the American economy.

Such monetary devaluation when coupled with escalating food, energy and transportation costs makes travel for many Americans appear much less attractive and unaffordable. Americans continue to stay closer to home, are more frugal with their discretionary income when it comes to vacation plans, and seek greater value in their lodging accommodations when they do choose to travel.

On the other side of the equation, international travelers continue to flock to the United States because of a weaker U.S. dollar. It is these international travelers, many from emerging countries such as China, Brazil, Russia and India, which are helping to sustain current occupancy and profitability levels in American hotels. Yet, this will continue to pose a new dynamic for American hotels as they learn how best to serve these international travelers who are willing to spend their discretionary income.

American hotels must start to think how they can better accommodate international guests and meet their expectations that often differ from domestic travelers. This may require hotels to source new food and beverage offerings that appeal to these international travelers, train employees in the customs and languages of their new international guests, and demonstrate greater sensitivity to their needs and political/religious/ethnic concerns.               

 Brief Bio:

William D. Frye, Ph.D., CHE is an associate professor of hotel management at Niagara University where he lectures and conducts research on various lodging and hospitality law issues. He serves at the executive editor of The Rooms Chronicle®, a business journal for hotel owners and managers published by the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Niagara University that educates hoteliers how to manage their properties more effectively, efficiently and profitably. He is also the co-author of the textbook Managing Housekeeping Operations published by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and has served for the past ten years as the Chair of the Lodging Special Interest Group for the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.   Dr. Frye is also a Founding Associate of www.HospitalityEducators.com

Frye004.Jpg Contact Information

William D. Frye, Ph.D., CHE, Associate Professor, College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, 414 St. Vincent's Hall, Niagara University, NY 14109-2012, Tel.: 716-286-8274     wfrye@niagara.edu  


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John Hogan is a successful hospitality executive, educator, author and consultant and is a frequent keynote speaker and seminar leader at many hospitality industry events.  He is CEO and Co-Founder of a consortium of successful corporate and academic professionals delivering focused and affordable counsel in solving specific challenges facing hospitality today. HospitalityEducators.com is a membership site offering a wide range of information, forms, best practices and ideas that are designed to help individual hoteliers and hospitality businesses improve their market penetration, deliver service excellence and increase their profitability. HospitalityEducators.com was created to help hospitality businesses address problems via a training and information resource site to help you increase your Hotel's revenue, market share and profitability.  With more than 1,000 pages of tips, guides, best practices, strategies, plans, budgets, videos and resources, HospitalityEducators.com has become the #1 independent website for  hotel owners and managers.  This site can help you solve your problems now!      Read More 

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Consulting Expertise and Research Interest

1.    Hospitality Training for all areas

2.    Sales Management and training                         

3.    Professional Development for the Organization and the Individual

4.    Customer Service    

5.    Making Cultural Diversity Real                           

6.    Developing Academic Hospitality programs

7.    Medical Lodging Consulting

8.    Turn-around and revenue management



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