Tyra W. Hilliard, Esq., J.D, CMP

Tyra W.
Hilliard, Esq., J.D, CMP

Associate Professor of restaurant, hotel and meetings management, University of Alabama

tyra.hilliard@gmail.com

Tyra teaches courses in meeting and event management at the University of Alabama and has also taught and facilitated presentations for international audiences worldwide, including Turkey, Greece, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Qatar, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Mexico, and Canada.She chaired the Convention Industry Council’s APEX Contracts Panel and has been named one of the “25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry.” She was recognized as the Educator honoree at the PCMA Foundation Achievement Awards Dinner in 2009 and was presented with the 2010 MPI Chairwoman’s Award for her work on the Meeting & Business Events Competencies & Standards. During her career, Tyra has worked in the meetings industry as an attorney, a meeting planner, a catering manager, and an association executive.  Her industry experience gives her a unique perspective on the legal and business aspects of meeting and event management. 

Articles
Room Taxes and Surcharges 
Clause: Extra, Extra, Read All About It Hotel hereby confirms a Group single/double sleeping room rate of $100. Current tax charged on sleeping rooms
Clause & Effect: State of the Dispute 
CLAUSE: Legal State of Mind This Contract shall be governed by and construed under the laws of the state of __________. The parties agree that any legal
Eat, Drink, and Face Attrition 
CLAUSE: Catering to the Crowd This Agreement is based on the Group's commitment to spend not less than $100,000 (excluding applicable taxes and gratuities)
Force Majeure and War 
Does force majeure cover the prospect of war?
Eat, Drink, and Face Attrition 
CLAUSE: Catering to the Crowd This Agreement is based on the Group's commitment to spend not less than $100,000 (excluding applicable taxes and gratuities)
Force Majeure and War 
CLAUSE: Does force majeure cover the prospect of war? Here's an example of a typical force majeure clause: Either party's performance under this agreement
Contracts and War 
If the U.S. goes to war with Iraq, will meeting professionals be able to terminate their meeting contracts without paying sizable penalties? It all depends
Force Majeure and War 
CLAUSE: Does force majeure cover the prospect of war? Here's an example of a typical force majeure clause: Either party's performance under this agreement
Clause and Effect: 5 Tough Meeting Clauses 
ATTRITION The Clause: The Hotel will allow Group 10 percent room block shrinkage without any liquidated damage payment. For shrinkage over and above this
Clause & Effect: Meeting Room Assignments 
CLAUSE: Room Assignments The function room assignments listed in this contract are tentative. Final function and meeting rooms will be assigned by Hotel
Clause and Effect: Function Room Assignments 
Every contract clause opens up a string of questions. So it's always best to know all you can before you go into negotiations. Here we take a look at
Clause & Effect: Insurance 
CLAUSE: Insure This Group will obtain and maintain and provide evidence of insurance upon request in amounts sufficient to provide coverage for any liabilities
Clause & Effect: Dispute Resolution 
CLAUSE: Dispute Resolution Any controversy, claim, or dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall, at the option of he Hotel, be resolved
Between The Lines 
ATTRITION The Clause: The Hotel will allow Group 10 percent room block shrinkage without any liquidated damage payment. For shrinkage over and above this
Clause and Effect: Construction, Remodeling, and Renovation 
CLAUSE: Construction, Remodeling, and Renovation Group acknowledges that Hotel may from time to time be under renovation, expansion, or remodeling. Group

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