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ARDA Previews 2012 Legislative Efforts

Posted in International, Management, Shared Ownership
The legislative process is constant, as indicated by our recent posts on timeshare/fractional legislation in Florida and Wisconsin.  However, the end of the year is always a good time for both looking back and making educated guesses as to what lies ahead.  The ARDA Government Affairs team put on an hour-long webinar to do just that on December … Continue Reading

Hospitality Development – Advantages with Transit-Oriented Development

Posted in Construction, Hotel, International, Shared Ownership
At first glance, the growing trend in transit oriented real estate development may appear to apply only to developers of multi-family, multi-use properties in urban core areas. However, the concept of designing real estate developments to both utilize and compliment existing and planned transit can be beneficial to hotel, fractional, timeshare, and resort developers as … Continue Reading

Hospitality Industry Growing Local Economies: Benefits of Resort Development and Environmental Preservation in Jericoacoara, Brazil

Posted in Construction, Finance, Hotel, International
When I first visited Jericoacoara in 2002, hotel development and international tourism were just starting to boom. The Brazilian government had recently designated the surrounding landscape as a national park, protected from development and limited in use. Located about 200 miles from the city of Fortaleza on the northeast coast of Brazil, Jericoacoara was originally a … Continue Reading

TripAdvisor Getting Its Own Review

Posted in Hotel, International, Management
Last week, the Guardian reported that the UK Advertising Standards Authority had initiated an investigation of TripAdvisor over false online reviews.  The investigation was initiated by an official complaint filed by KwikChex.com, an online reputation management company.  KwikChex reportedly backed up its complaints with months of research on allegedly derogatory and false hotel reviews posted … Continue Reading

Four Years in a Row – Chambers USA Recognizes Baker Hostetler as a Top Hospitality Law Firm

Posted in Construction, Finance, Hotel, International, Management, Shared Ownership
We would like to thank our friends and clients who responded to the most recent Chambers survey.  For those not familiar with Chambers, its intensive and unbiased survey methods make it the most respected legal directory available.    Based on the strength of comments Chambers received, Baker Hostetler was, for the 4th year in a row, recognized as having one … Continue Reading

Major Changes Underway for Internet Domain Names

Posted in Hotel, International, Management, Shared Ownership
The Hospitality Lawg would like to thank Deborah Wilcox for submitting this post.  Deborah coordinates our Cleveland IP/Tech/Media practice and manages legal issues associated with online advertising for Baker Hostetler’s clients. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently approved the launch of the new top level domain (gTLD) program.  Existing organizations can apply to own and … Continue Reading

Italy and Portugal Implement EU Timeshare Directive; Still Waiting on Spain

Posted in International, Shared Ownership
The deadline for EU Member States to enact legislation implementing the new EU Timeshare Directive was February 23, 2011. As we reported back in a February post, not all countries were expected to act prior to the formal deadline.  Catching Up In the interim between the February deadline and this post, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, Finland, Slovakia, Luxembourg and Malta have implemented … Continue Reading

International Hospitality Development & The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Posted in Hotel, International, Management
Last week, the business news was dominated by the results of the Galleon hedge fund insider trading case. But the federal government had another big win during that same news cycle.  On May 10, Lindsey Manufacturing became the first company to be tried and convicted on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.  Notably, the District Court … Continue Reading

Report from the Jamaican Tourism Outlook Seminar

Posted in International, Shared Ownership
I was honored when American Resort Development Association CEO Howard Nusbaum asked me to represent ARDA at the 2011 Jamaican Tourism Outlook Seminar, which was held in Montego Bay, Jamaica on April 19-20.  I attended the seminar with Keith Stephenson, ARDA’s Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs with responsibility for ARDA activities in the Caribbean.  … Continue Reading

New UK Timeshare Regulations Take Effect

Posted in International, Shared Ownership
As discussed in a prior post, the UK’s new Timeshare, Holiday Products, Resale and Exchange Contracts Regulations 2010 (the “Regulations”) will come into effect on February 23, 2011. The Regulations will implement the EU Timeshare Directive into UK law, replace entirely the current regime in the UK by repealing the Timeshare Act 1992 and revoking the … Continue Reading

EU Timeshare Directive Implementation Deadline Approaches

Posted in International, Shared Ownership
After two years, the February 23 deadline for EU Member States to adopt the new EU Timeshare Directive is just a week away.  Special thanks goes out to Stephany Madsen at ARDA who helped us confirm some details regarding implementation schedules.      Hit and Miss Deadline Compliance The significant consumer states, Germany, France and the UK, have already adopted … Continue Reading

Mexico’s Rules Regarding Shared Ownership Sales Go Final

Posted in International, Shared Ownership
As discussed previously, the sale of non-deeded frcationals and timeshares in Mexico (or “servicio de tiempo compartido”) are primarily governed at the federal level under a set of administrative regulations titled “Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-029-SCFI-1998” (“NOM”). These rules, first adopted in 1999, have been undergoing a legally mandated updating process for some time. Apparently, a … Continue Reading

Mexico’s Shared Ownership Sales Rules Move Toward Approval

Posted in International, Shared Ownership
As detailed in a prior post, the Mexican Timeshare NOM has not yet been finalized, leaving Mexican developers with some questions as to their regulatory obligations.   Well, some of the answers were received on December 27, 2010.  That’s the date the Mexican government published its responses to comments received during the last comment round in September. … Continue Reading

Mexico’s Shared Ownership Sales Rules Still in Limbo

Posted in International, Shared Ownership
The Ministry of Economy has still not published the final-final version of the Norma Oficial Mexicana NOM-029-SCFI-2010, which regulates the sale of shared ownership projects in Mexico (“NOM”).    A quick history is in order here.  Back in 2008, the Mexican government announced its intent to update the NOM, which had been in effect since 1999.   On … Continue Reading