Disputes and complaints. The group holding it wanted to use force majeure, but the event was not scheduled at a time when public officials had stepped in to ban events. renderslot(path,'[336,280]', 'div-gpt-ad-native-ad-1','native-ad-1'); Booking offers the possibility of requesting the cancellation of non-refundable reservations through its website, in which case the OTA cancels the reservation automatically. At a time when COVID-19 is shutting down events, it’s best if hotels and organizations have cooperative attitudes when negotiating issues over cancelled events. These reservations will be treated like any standard booking, according to our policies and procedures. Dear valued partner, We want to update you regarding a change in the global force majeure on bookings that we declared on Tuesday 17 March. In a statement updated March 7, Booking.com announced that Covid-19 qualifies for Force Majeure/Forced Circumstances. Much better would be to say, ‘Let’s talk about my [July, for example] meeting. renderslot(path,'[970,250]', 'div-gpt-ad-Billboard','Billboard'); “Consider this provision,” Goedert said, “as important as room rates.”. Karamat is a life-long learner. 100 Lighting Way, Secaucus, NJ 07094-3626 USA Telephone: (201) 902-2000. You might get some relief this way, but then again, you might not. She was Director of Strategic Development for the Association for Corporate Growth, a global community for middle-market M&A business leaders from 2012 to 2015. Hotel contracts also include clauses addressing force majeure situations -- unavoidable events such as natural catastrophes that make it impossible to hold a planned meeting. Force Majeure Clauses Defined for Event Planners. For all new reservations made as of April 6, 2020, we’ll no longer apply Force Majeure conditions for guests seeking to cancel or modify their booking due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. When it comes to protection from a disastrous situation such as COVID-19 (the coronavirus) causing loss of attendance or the cancellation of an event, meeting industry attorneys say the starting point is the force majeure clause in any contract with hotels and meeting facilities. Jonathan T. Howe, Esq., is founder and senior partner of the Chicago and Washington, D.C., law firm of Howe & Hutton Ltd., specializing in meetings and hospitality law. function setupDFPSlots(path,breakpoint){ “Force majeure” is French for “superior force,” and the term originally derives from the Napoleonic Code. Force majeure usually isn’t part of many standard international hotel contracts, so make sure it is included. But I think this is going to be going on for a while. USA, +1 877-827-7262 (toll-free) Force majeure clauses in meeting contracts may render hotel and facility contracts null and void, but they neither protect the meeting sponsor from having to pay other expenses nor enable the sponsor to recoup lost revenue. Michelle Crowley oversees regional brand development, content outreach and innovation as PCMA’s first Chief Growth & Innovation Officer. Force majeure. OAS_IsHome = false; “It’s come in waves, we just don’t know when that wave,” indicating an end to the crisis, “is going to hit the shore.”, In Association Laboratory’s recent report, The Strategic and Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Associations, Chicago-based attorney Paula Cozzi Goedert, a partner in the corporate department of Barnes and Thornburg LLC who concentrates her practice on the representation of nonprofit organizations, said that the top legal issue facing associations going forward is the force majeure clause. Meier received a bachelor’s degree in hotel/motel administration and management from Eastern Illinois University. “We saw this kind of hardline position during the aftermath of Sept. 11 and the financial crisis” of 2008-2009, she said. exclusively for meeting planners. new Date().getTime(),event:'gtm.js'});var f=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0], 'https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtm.js?id='+i+dl;f.parentNode.insertBefore(j,f); You can try to work with your property to adjust your numbers, but that is a renegotiation of the contract that is already in place. His previous roles include Senior Vice President of Strategic Product Development and Marketing at Scranton Gillette Communications Inc. and in direct response marketing for Tribune Direct. renderslot(path,'[[30,50],[728,90],[970,250]]', 'div-gpt-ad-Top','Top'); Along with the definition of a force majeure event, hotel management agreements commonly include the following language: Manager’s performance under this Agreement shall be modified or suspended to the extent Manager shall be delayed or hindered in or prevented from the performance of any act required by reason of Force Majeure. renderslot(path,'[1,1]', 'div-gpt-ad-360e-Outstream','360e-Outstream'); (DeMorris Byrd on Unsplash). MacMillan also runs BANDWIDTH consultancy, advising destinations on event sales and marketing strategies and served as consortium consulting partner in the Destinations International DestinationNEXT global initiative. Goedert also mentioned the prevailing party contract clause — a provision that requires the losing party in litigation to pay the expenses incurred by the prevailing party, including attorney fees — as being of major concern to associations. Hotels around the world, both big-brand and boutique, are showing flexibility in response to the virus. All Rights Reserved. }); The number-reduction and cancellation clauses in the hotel agreement should be the same in contracts for all third-party vendors. gtag('js', new Date()); “These clauses are particularly attractive to organizations that need to bring a suit against their client for non-payment of fees,” she said. Rollins joined PCMA in 2007 and held roles in project management, global development and account management with the PCMA partnership program. She has more than 20 years of business leadership experience in the areas of partnership, sponsorship, business development, media publishing and business services. Copyright © 2021 by Northstar Travel Media LLC. “I highly recommend a lawyer, preferably someone familiar with hospitality law versus in-house counsel who may know contracts but not hotel or other vendor contracts,” says Hilliard. She is responsible for helping PCMA execute its vision of driving global economic and social transformation through its human capital. You have to have the force majeure event. })(window,document,'https://static.hotjar.com/c/hotjar-','.js?sv='); In this instance of a fast-moving virus, your force majeure clause will come into play. She’s found that some event organizers are taking “financial advantage of the situation” by attempting to negotiate “extraordinary terms.”, In another case, Devlin said a meeting set for early March in Florida was postponed. There is no precedent for this business shutdown, but we can look to Sept. 11 and the 2008-2009 financial recession for lessons in how to work best with hotel partners. For example, what are the World Health Organization and the CDC saying about the destination? When cancellation clauses are not worded well, hosts are liable for the revenue promises they made to hotels, and will face charges outlined in their contracts. Karamat also serves as President of the PCMA Foundation and Publisher of Convene magazine. Many contracts will include explicit terms setting out the various ways in which that contract may be terminated. -Average salary for corporate, association and third-party renderslot(path,'[336,280]', 'div-gpt-ad-native-ad-2','native-ad-2'); While she has watched as business events shifted from logistics to engagement, Cotton said the value of relationships remains steadfast in the industry. a.appendChild(r); To protect your event against any concerns that might make attendees reluctant to travel, planners must include in contracts the ability to reduce numbers if attendees stay home due to a perceived threat. “In early to mid-March, the hotels were standing firm,” she said. “These associations and corporate groups know that hotels today are in a world of hurt — even desperate. He utilizes data, content and personalized experiences to help PCMA better understand its members’ needs and develop an audience-focused strategy. NOTE: This article is not legal advice. renderslot(path,'[[320,100],[336,280]]', 'div-gpt-ad-native-ad-MP','native-ad-MP'); As Chief Business Officer, Mona Cotton leads the Business Development, Client and Member Services, and Business Services teams. In addition to his responsibilities at executive level, Karamat also directed streamlining of PCMA’s content creation and delivery channels into one organization. For groups with contracted hotel blocks, the attrition clause is designed to address the financial risk if fewer people register (or attend) than planned. He developed and led Vancouver, B.C.’s successful national bid for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He has served on various boards and is currently a director on the Destination International Board of Trustees. Her role at PCMA is to facilitate connections between business-to-business organizations and business-to-consumer operations, identifying opportunities to fuel economic and social progress and success for PCMA and its members, customers and clients. In our recent survey of meeting professionals, 73 percent of respondents said they … renderslot(path,'[[320,50],[300,50]]', 'div-gpt-ad-mobile-Mobile-Top','Mobile Top'); If the stay is prevented due to force majeure (natural disasters, strikes, war, riots, epidemics, etc. (function(h,o,t,j,a,r){ Haas will leverage data to determine best practices in business events and how the industry can drive global economic and social transformation. “It is not boilerplate. This makes it virtually impossible for meetings contracts for events in China to be fulfilled by either the planners who would fly in or the hotels expecting your guests. For several weeks when the SARS epidemic was in full swing, the WHO and the CDC disagreed on how dangerous it was to travel to Toronto. “These are unprecedented times and courts and the law usually lag behind,” she added. window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; Gina Meier is Director of Human Resources for PCMA, a position she has held since 2006. Nearly all contracts will contain some version of a force majeure clause, which can be thought of as both a shield and a sword: it serves as a defense to a client’s claim that you have breached the contract by failing to perform under circumstances that are considered force majeure events, but it can also be raised affirmatively to cancel the contract in cases of force majeure events. He understands how innovation, research and technology intersect and evaluates what is leading edge versus cutting edge. You can return to this list any time via the navigation menus at the top of the page. As for May, I don’t know. PCMA has created a COVID-19 resources page to help event professionals find reliable information about the pandemic and to share events industry-related resources to ensure they are prepared now and in the future. Nonprofit organizations should first determine whether the force majeure provision clearly and obviously permits event cancellation at any time without penalty in circumstances of “mass illness,” “health pandemic,” or similar language; many force majeure provisions in event venue contracts do not address these circumstances and are written very narrowly to limit options for cancellation, thereby … Karamat serves the greater business events industry as a prominent business architect, enabling our community to become a catalyst for economic and social progress, organizational success, and personal and professional development. if (breakpoint==""){ If possible, postponing the booking or lowering the cancellation cost could be suggestions in order to reach a mutual compromise and to avoid losing the guest for future bookings. She has held various positions at PCMA including Vice President for Global Growth and Business Transformation. The team delivers programs and services that strengthen the connections between PCMA members, facilitate knowledge sharing and advance the network of professionals in the global business events industry. Rollins became Executive Director of the PCMA Foundation in 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in international business from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. initOASAd(true); //init ads. We highly suggest you consult with your legal representation on how force majeure in COVID19 affects YOUR particular hotel contract. In the letter, Ranque said due to the "global force majeure circumstances, we intend to enroll all partners with outstanding non-refundable prepaid bookings made prior to March 19th for stays between March 20 and April 30, 2020 into the Global Cancellation Waiver Program." These are unprecedented times and people need to realize that and work together, not as adversaries.”, Sommer Devlin spoke of two negotiations that each took on different tact. j=d.createElement(s),dl=l!='dataLayer'? +1 312-423-7262 (main) OAS_site = 'nmg'; Hybrid Is the Way Forward, But Double the Work and Expense, Convening Asia Pacific: The Global Recovery Forum, What Events Professionals Need to Know About COVID-19. As PCMA’s first Chief Community Officer, Meredith Rollins leads the community engagement team. Sherrif Karamat, CAE, is President and Chief Executive Officer of PCMA. Performance, Frustration, Termination, Cancellation or Force Majeure Legal Consequences of Blockade, Embargo and Strikes . Note also that many force majeure provisions may permit the group to perform the contract (despite the fact that the clause may permit the group to cancel the contract without liability) and that if it does, the hotel/vendor will reduce or eliminate any fees that the group would incur as the result of reduced attendance, such as room block and food and beverage attrition fees. He joined PCMA as Vice President of Business Development and Data Intelligence. The epidemic counts as such. In his previous role as Chief Operating Officer, Karamat led the development and implementation of PCMA’s new vision: driving global economic and social transformation through business events. MacMillan has more than 30 years of experience in the global business events and tourism industry and has worked with business enterprises on every continent. All force majeure clauses have to be read as two sections. renderslot(path,'[[100,600],[200,800]]', 'div-gpt-ad-Panel-Ad-2','Panel Ad 2'); function initNTGOTags(){ Meier began her human resources career in 1999 as human resources manager for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide LLC, now a subsidiary of Marriott International Inc. She previously worked as director and manager in Starwood’s housekeeping division. } Contract Dispute Mediator Intake. As the World Banknotes, however, nowadays the term force majeure isn’t specific to one legal system and it generally “means what the contract says it means.” That is, it’s up to the signatories of the contract to define the specific conditions for a force majeure claim. A bill or invoice may not be the other side’s final position, but only the opening move in a chess game. MacMillan has received numerous awards including twice being named one of the Top Twenty most influential people in the global MICE industry. He oversaw partnership, business services, membership, business development and technology teams. Chicago, IL 60601 In evaluating any instance where a health problem might cause meeting hosts to withdraw from a destination, several factors must be taken into consideration. Paul Bergeron is a freelance writer in Herndon, Virginia. Rollins received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Email questions to him here. Finally, Goedert said that associations have already lost money during the coronavirus crisis “by assuming that the other side would not negotiate. renderslot(path,'[336,280]', 'div-gpt-ad-mobile-native-ad-1','native-ad-1'); “Then, when both sides realized just how serious a situation we were in, both sides began to soften and compromise. This way, planners and suppliers will be prepared to work consistently in tandem. h._hjSettings={hjid:2205915,hjsv:6}; Call Now (416) 979-2020. “It is not boilerplate. renderslot(path,'[280,49]', 'div-gpt-ad-Article-Sponsor','Article Sponsor'); })(window,document,'script','dataLayer','GTM-M6TMX4S'); The Cabinet has approved the ‘force majeure’ closure of hotels and any lodging businesses, with additional compensation for businesses that are under the social security scheme. “Half would go to the hotel, and half would be applied to a future event reservation.”, Sommer Devlin said force majeure may be applicable to events when local government officials have disallowed meetings from taking place. h.hj=h.hj||function(){(h.hj.q=h.hj.q||[]).push(arguments)}; OAS_accountid = '94102080'; Your force majeure clause, therefore, is automatically invoked, and neither party can be held liable for nonperformance. ‘Inadvisable’ is better.”, She recommended that associations review this clause in-depth with a qualified legal counsel. r=o.createElement('script');r.async=1; After 9/11, force majeure was only there if your event was in the Twin Towers or if you were at the Marriott hotel that was at the base of the Twin Towers. So you need to spell out in your contract which organization (or both) is governing your cancellation clause. '&l='+l:'';j.async=true;j.src= This is a bit of an open-ended question, but you should definitely be able to cancel a program in China for up to a couple of months. In case a hotel is quarantined by the authorities, it would be considered ‘force majeure’. All contracts related to the event should include a uniform cancellation/modification proposal. For example (and be sure to vet this with your own legal counsel): "Should the organization wish to continue with the event, but because of travel advisories as to health, security and/or terrorism, which might cause a reduction in attendance, upon notice, the organization shall be able to reduce its room block accordingly, without liability and without a reduction in amenities, etc., that are contingent on room block and pickup.". When the Zika virus was rampant in 2016, or during the SARS epidemic in 2003, the government did not ban travel to affected areas, and therefore your contract's force majeure clause did not come into play. renderslot(path,'[[300,250],[300,600]]', 'div-gpt-ad-Right1','Right1'); She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Some groups are claiming they are excused for as late as November, when in the past view weeks, many events scheduled for this spring were re-booked for October and beyond. Contract Dispute Arbitrator Intake. His past leadership roles include CEO of VisitDFW, a regional consumer content marketing venture, CEO of Meeting Professionals International and CEO of Tourism Toronto. We want you to … At Harvard Business and Law School, he completed a program on strategic negotiations for senior executives and a program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), one on data intelligence and big data. Don’t hesitate,” she said, “to politely but firmly press your points.”. console.log('olyitics fire'); “Attitude is everything,” Phoenix-based attorney Lisa Sommer Devlin said. You can cancel at any time, but it won't be covered by force majeure unless it is impossible or illegal." By Maria Lenhart | Feb 26, 2020. “We won’t know how these things will be interpreted, or what factors will be important in the decision.” She said that courts could go back as far as World War II to find such a comparable “shutdown” taking place in the country. Prior to PCMA, Cotton led and supported various sales efforts at the National Association of REALTORS, Airborne Express (now DHL) and Fox Associates, a Chicago-based magazine representative firm. She cautioned against signing any agreements in which the prevailing party gets their legal expenses paid. Then you have to evaluate whether that event meets the qualifications for cancellation. function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} An attorney representing dozens of the top hotel chains nationwide says negotiations over cancellations and postponements between venues and meeting planners have taken both cooperative and hardline tones. She received a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Indiana University. Experts recommend seeking legal advice for force majeure clauses. Refunds are not issued for bookings cancelled by you or Sunwing resulting from an act of God or an Event of Force Majeure. renderslot(path,'[336,280]', 'div-gpt-ad-mobile-native-ad-3','native-ad-3'); They said to the hotel chain, ‘We aren’t paying you anything, go ahead and sue us.’”. “You can’t come in with guns a blazin’ and demand a refund under no uncertain terms. “They were unwilling to cut a deal. } OAS_query = '&'; Coronavirus COVID-19 force majeure: Contract provisions and governing law are important by Mark Adams Force majeure provides an excuse for a party’s non-performance of its contractual obligations as a result of an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as act of God, war, strike, riot, etc. Qualifying bookings can be canceled … However, if you are holding a meeting anywhere else in the world where you expect your numbers to drop because of the coronavirus, you will not be able to cancel without penalty. ), Hotel Christian IV is not liable for disrupted or cancelled stays. Taking a hardline stance can be detrimental, potentially resulting in years of expenses. The problem with that approach, she said, is that bringing the case to court is unlikely to benefit either party. Crowley began her career at PCMA and continues to work with global travel brands, build strategic relationships and partnerships with key markets, and design year-round engagement campaigns. planners, -How meeting planner salaries have trended over the last two years, -Stats & trends on the gender pay gap in the meetings industry. ‘Commercially impractical’ is … } renderslot(path,'[[320,50],[300,50]]', 'div-gpt-ad-mobile-Mobile-Bottom','Mobile Bottom'); TERMINATION renderslot(path,'[336,280]', 'div-gpt-ad-native-ad-3','native-ad-3'); “The force majeure clause in contracts is critical,” Goedert said in the report. Domestic travel purchased through Booking.com is not covered by Force Majeure. (function(w,d,s,l,i){w[l]=w[l]||[];w[l].push({'gtm.start': Unfortunately, these bodies can have differences of opinion. Hotel salespeople should be advising clients: "If you tell me you're cancelling today, then it's not really a force majeure and you're breaching your contract," said Rudner. Then there are those in June and later, which probably can happen. Register or Log in to take advantage of the Northstar Meetings Group compare features. Even though the term is open to interpretation, the same basi… What options are out there?’ Hotels want to keep your business, and in this industry, people have long memories. According to legaldictionary.net, force majeure means “superior force.” In the world of event-planning, planners know force majeure as the “Act of God” clause. Setting the bar for cancellation at ‘illegal or impossible’ is too high. renderslot(path,'[336,280]', 'div-gpt-ad-mobile-native-ad-2','native-ad-2'); renderslot(path,'[728,90]', 'div-gpt-ad-Bottom','Bottom'); It is up to the hotel operator to decide whether to reimburse the guest or not. renderslot(path,'[[970,66],[970,90]]', 'div-gpt-ad-Top1','Top1'); “If you had a meeting scheduled for April, it’s not going to happen. gtag('config', 'DC-6628166'); He previously served as PCMA’s Chief Innovation Officer. The time — perhaps years — and expense involved are probably not worth the effort, especially because neither side can be sure what the outcome may be, Sommer Devlin said. Everything is open to negotiation. renderslot(path,'[[320,100],[336,280]]', 'div-gpt-ad-mobile-native-ad-MP','native-ad-MP'); In addition to completing his bachelor’s degree and Masters of Business Administration from York University in Toronto, Canada, he has completed postgraduate certificate programs at Wharton School of Business at University of Pennsylvania, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Now it’s swinging slightly to the side where meeting planners are being more uncompromising,” she said. Event terms and conditions often contain force majeure provisions that allow for the suspension or cancellation of an agreement due to a “force majeure event”. ... *Changes to hotel room occupancy are considered a cancellation and rebooking by our hotel suppliers; therefore, pricing at the time of the occupancy change will apply to … olytics.fire({behaviorId:'9019J3567790A2I',category:'News',tag:'Hotels and Resorts,China,Contracts,Disease,Coronavirus,COVID-19,Contracts and Legal Issues,HP Carousel,Planning Tips and Trends' Event planners and hotels need to work together — not as adversaries — to come to equitable terms over canceled and postponed meetings. As there is nothing keeping you from traveling to other countries, the force majeure clause would not apply and you would have to rely on the cancellation and number-reduction wording that is already in your contract. As there is nothing keeping you from traveling to other countries, the force majeure clause would not apply and you would have to rely on the cancellation and number-reduction wording that is already in your contract. The opinions in this piece are based solely on the experiences of Leanne Calderwood and Stephen Ing, ConferenceDirect Site Selection Associates. In addition, Crowley is responsible for education and product development. As part of PCMA’s growth strategy, Karamat has led a major data intelligence program and played a key role in the 2017 acquisition of Incentive Conference & Event Society Asia Pacific (ICESAP). renderslot(path,'[[100,600],[200,800]]', 'div-gpt-ad-Panel-Ad-1','Panel Ad 1'); A leader in the business events industry, Karamat previously served as Vice President of Business Sales and Services for Toronto Convention & Visitors (Tourism Toronto). 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