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Why It’s Critical to Integrate Legionella into Crisis Management Programs
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August 19, 2019 via Hotel News Resource

Legionella can make people ill and has been linked to dozens of deaths. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Legionella bacteria, normally found in fresh water such as lakes and streams, can infiltrate water systems and colonize in showerheads, sinks, water heaters, cooling towers and even fountains if they are not treated properly.

Twelve guests recently contracted Legionnaires’ disease, a form of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, recently at a Sheraton hotel in Atlanta. One of the guests subsequently died, and another 61 "probable cases" were identified by the Georgia Department of Health.

After three days of unsuccessful attempts to determine the source of the bacteria, hotel management temporarily closed the entire hotel and relocated all guests to nearby hotels. An entire month passed following the shutdown before investigators determined the source.The contamination was resolved, and the hotel finally reopened.'s ConvergeBlog
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Government Officials Partner With Hotel Industry To Combat Human Trafficking

August 14, 2019 via Lodging Magazine
Each year, thousands of hotel employees are trained on how to identify and stop trafficking, and this campaign unites the industry around the shared goal to end human trafficking
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Civil Unrest: What's Your Meeting Contingency Plan?

July 26, 2019 via Meetings Net

For hotel brand operators, a merger with/acquisition of another brand represents the prospect of a larger distribution platform, broader customer base and offering, expanded loyalty programs, integration synergies (i.e., cost reduction) and further expansion of their asset- light strategy through the leverage of scale.
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What Every Hotelier Must Know About EU’s Payment Rules
July 29, 2019 via Hotel News Now

A new European Union legal mandate for all payment services and transactions becomes law in the EU on 14 September. Here is what it could mean for the hotel industry, and how hoteliers should prepare.
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