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Uber driver Theron Anderson takes Daily Herald reporter Kurt Hanson to the Provo Airport for a story about the ride-sharing service on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. SPENSER HEAPS, Daily Herald

SLC’s InsuraGuest announces new partnership

Salt Lake City-based InsuraGuest, Inc., a software-as-a-service company that integrates its software with the hotel’s Property Management System to help hotels offer a specialized hotel guest protection policy, announced Thursday it has entered a “strategic relationship” with Venture Insurance Programs to use the InsuraGuest proprietary InsurTech software.

InsuraGuest’s API integrates with 70 different hotel property management systems in about 40,000 hotels worldwide, according to a press release. Integration allows hotels to transfer their exposure to liability by offering the specialized guest protection policies.

InsuraGuest coverage is purchased by hotels and offered to each registered guest and all of their room occupants upon check-in, then charged to the guest as a separate item. The specialized policies afford coverage for theft of personal property while in the hotel as well as accidental medical expenses and accidental death and dismemberment.

Venture Insurance Programs, a program administrator that designs, underwrites and distributes industry-specific insurance packages, will administer the InsuraGuest InsuraTech product for hotels in all 50 states and the District of Columbia on an admitted basis through Great American Insurance Group.

“We are very excited for this InsuraGuest coverage to be available to hoteliers,” Philip J. Harvey, Sr., Venture Program’s president, said. “InsuraGuest may be the first line of defense for both the guest and the hotel when an accident occurs. While trip insurance covers guests when traveling to and from their destination, InsuraGuest offers protection during their stay, helping hotels create an even better guest experience.”

With InsuraGuest, hotels purchase a policy to cover each registered guest including their room occupants with policies that range from $2,500 to $50,000.

“InsuraGuest is unlike any other InsurTech product on the market, offering protection for guests from the moment the guest checks in to the moment they check out,” Douglas Anderson, chairman and chief executive officer of InsuraGuest, Inc, said. “We can’t wait to share our unique software integration and product offering with the lodging marketplace.”

‘Nonemployer’ businesses increased in 2017

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau found that nonemployer businesses — business that have no paid employees, have annual business receipts of $1,000 or more and are subject to federal income taxes — grew 3.6% in 2017, from 24,813,048 to 25,701,671. Receipts from nonemployer businesses increased 5.6%, adding more than $65.7 billion from 2016 to 2017, according to the data.

The Transportation and Warehousing sector experienced the largest nonemployer establishment growth with an increase of 18.3%, an addition of 350,658 establishments in 2017. It also had the largest growth rates in receipts, from $87 billion to $99.5 billion in 2017, a 14.4% increase.

Leading the transportation and warehousing growth was Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation, which includes things like rideshares, taxi and limousine services, chartered bus, school bus and special needs transportation. Taxi and limousine services, including rideshares, grew the most number of establishments, according to the census.

View the full report and statistics by visiting the census website. Explore Utah Valley recognized by Smart Meetings

Explore Utah Valley, a website dedicated to explaining why companies, individuals, groups and more should visit Utah Valley, recently was included in a list of 191 best locations in the country for meetings or retreats on Smart Meetings. Smart Meetings is a media company that serves as a resource for meeting professionals, providing services, hosting buyer networking events and offering webinars and other digital resources.

Explore Utah Valley was included for “Best Convention and Visitors Bureau/Destination Marketing organization” for this year. The Smart Meetings “Smart Stars” list is made up by readers who rank the best locations they have personally experienced. According to a press release, the annual survey is considered “the best of the best as voted on by the publication’s readers.”

Utah Valley’s travel economy generated more $17.2 million city and county tourism taxes in 2017, the press release states.

“The Explore Utah Valley team works tirelessly to bring attention to the unique qualities of our area — we call it Urban and Eden — so that more and more people have the opportunity to visit and experience the wonderful attractions available in Utah Valley,” Joel Racker, CEO of Explore Utah Valley, said. “We’re especially excited about this recognition because the awards were chosen by travel and meeting professionals as a Readers’ Choice destination.”

Erin Scott, Explore Utah Valley’s destination sales manager, received special recognition with a Smart Meetings 2019 Rising Stars award. Her job includes creating awareness of the Utah Valley area and attracting tourists. Scott has worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years. According to a press release, Scott was the only person representing the Convention and Visitors Bureau/Destination Marketing organization sector. Award winners are chosen through a nomination process.

“Erin’s genuine care for her clients, coupled with her deep knowledge of our unique location—that offers both urban and mountain adventures—has been instrumental in helping bring visibility to our area throughout the United States and beyond,” Racker said. “She fully deserves this honor, and we couldn’t be prouder of her and everything that she has accomplished for Explore Utah Valley.”

Carley Porter covers northern Utah County and business for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at cporter@heraldextra.com.

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