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Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown put together a team for the Audi Best Buddies Challenge on Saturday, October 18, 2014.  
The Fairmont team completed a 100 mile bike ride and held several fundraisers that generated approximately $10,000 in support of Best Buddies International, a  non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.  Pictured left to right:  Controller Bill Taylor,  Conference Services Coordinator Amelia Chucholowski  Houseman Wally Villa Fuerte, Engineer Elfaze Ephraim, Elfaze’s son - Ephrainm, Director of Human Resources Kelly Wilson, Houseman William Blankenship, Banquet Server Edwin Vargas and Fairmont Gold Supervisor Ry Vieira.

Supreme Court to Consider Guest Lodging Records Laws

Police may someday soon need a warrant to inspect hotel and motel guest records nationwide, depending on the outcome of a Supreme Court review.

The court has agreed to review a longstanding Los Angeles ordinance that currently allows police to examine hotel registers without a warrant or permission from the lodging owner.

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U.S. Travel Association Urges Paid Time-Off Usage

U.S. Travel Association is working overtime to ensure American workers enjoy all of their paid time off (PTO).

On Oct. 21, Roger Dow, U.S. Travel President & CEO, appeared on CBS This Morning in conjunction with the debut of “All Work and No Pay: The Impact of Forfeited Time Off.” The latest addition to the organization’s multi-year, multimillion-dollar advocacy and awareness campaign, Travel Effect, the study shows Americans left $52.4 billion in earned vacation benefits on the table in 2013.

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Bermuda Rebounds after Category 2 Hurricane

Despite being battered by Hurricane Gonzalo, the island of Bermuda has emerged with infrastructure generally intact and open for business.

“Once again, Bermuda has shown it is built to last in the face of severe weather like Hurricane Gonzalo,” said Bill Hanbury, President & CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA). “The cooperation of the public and private sectors along with the tenacity of Bermuda’s people are putting this island paradise back on its feet at incredible speed.”

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FTC Settlement Shuts Down Bogus Trade Association’s Healthcare Services

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a group of marketers working as the Independent Association of Businesses (IAB) agreed to a settlement in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division on Oct. 10.

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Toys for Tots Time

By Todd McElwee

The holiday season starts earlier and earlier every year. Candy canes are starting to displace candy corn at my local grocery store, despite the fact many trick-or-treaters have yet to make that all-important costume selection. (Editor’s note: my five-month-old daughter, Evelyn, is dressing up as a pumpkin, as am I. Maybe HOTS will take a photo?)

There’s no need to see a Christmas tree or Menorah prior to Thanksgiving. As Lucy told Charlie Brown, “Look, Charlie, let's face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It's run by a big eastern syndicate, you know.” Whoever is pushing holiday merchandising is watering down the season. I don’t wish to see it, and you shouldn’t either.

What you do want to notice however are initiatives like The Embassy Suites Temecula Valley Wine Country’s collaborating with the U.S. Marine Corps in hosting a second annual Toys for Tots drive at the hotel on Dec. 5. Guests and local community members will enjoy seasonal music, a visit from Santa Claus, and complimentary desserts and coffees. A regional vineyard is also offering wine tasting, and who couldn’t use a drink during the holidays? Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for a chance to win one of the various prizes donated by area businesses.

“Embassy Suites Temecula is proud to be involved with such an amazing organization,” said Chas Senic, General Manager of the Embassy Suites Temecula. “We are not in the hotel business—we are in the business of making memories, being involved with our community, and working to make a difference. Our entire staff looks forward to giving back and especially looks forward to the annual Toys for Tots celebration.”

For me, the holidays can wait. But I can’t wait to see more news like this.

For more contact the hotel at (951) 676-5656.




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