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August 2018's Converge Newsletter
Four Tips From General Managers For Weathering The 2018 Hurricane Season
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August 8, 2018 via Lodging Magazine

Colorado State University forecasters are expecting the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which lasts from June 1 through November 30, to be less active than previously predicted. Including May’s subtropical storm Alberto and July’s hurricane Chris, eleven named tropical storms, and four hurricanes are expected this season—a significant reduction from its May outlook, which had called for 14 total named storms, six hurricanes, and two major hurricanes. Last year’s hurricane season saw 17 named storms, 10 of which became hurricanes.

While the risk to the United States has decreased this hurricane season, it remains important for hotels near the coast or along an evacuation route to prepare. Given the intensity of these natural disasters, hospitality disaster planning is not only critical to protecting guest and employee lives, but it can also make a difference in post-disaster business survival.'s ConvergeBlog
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Hotels Grapple With Racial Bias

August 1, 2018 via New York Times
Incidents of racial bias have hit major consumer brands, including Uber, Starbucks and Airbnb. Now they are cropping up at hotels, unsettling guests, spreading via social media with the hashtag #TravelingWhileBlack, and leading some in the travel industry to revisit diversity training and evaluate its effectiveness.
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Event Security & How To Handle It

July 28, 2018 via ConvergeBlog

Preparing for a hospitality event not only involves logistics such as equipment, food & drinks and other paraphernalia. Event security is an important part of any gathering and it is through careful planning and preparation that its success is guaranteed.

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#MeetingsToo: Survey Reveals Widespread Sexual Harassment
August 8, 2018 via Meetings Net

While last fall’s #MeToo moment took down high-profile sexual harassers in the entertainment and political realms—414 in total were publicly outed as of the end of June, according to a study by crisis-consulting firm Temin & Co.—victims are across all industries. And as we learned from our survey, that most certainly includes the meetings and convention world. As one respondent commented, "Almost every female producer I know who’s helped install a lavalier mic on an executive has been verbally harassed with lewd comments about it." - The First and Only Workplace Misconduct, Theft, and Fraud Reporting Platform for the Hospitality Industry
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