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The Changing Face of the Hotel Umbrella Market

The tight insurance market without question has hit the hospitality industry, including the Excess/Umbrella space. In addition, COVID-19 has brought significant challenges for the hotel industry as it struggles to gain traction after being upended by the pandemic. We spoke with Sean Young, VP, Distinguished Hospitality Umbrella Product Manager, for some insight into the challenges…

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Why Hotels Should Have High Umbrella Limits

The massive verdicts making headline news during the last several years have been a wake-up call for many hotel clients to ensure they carry enough Excess/Umbrella Liability coverage to protect against catastrophic losses. But the reality is that most large hotel liability losses are not the result of headline-making events or incidents, like the mass…

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Distinguished Rebrands Hospitality Umbrella Program to Reflect Different Niche Markets

Distinguished Programs has been insuring the hospitality industry for more than 25 years, providing high-limit Excess/Umbrella Liability coverage to protect against catastrophic losses. To better serve our agency partners looking for an Umbrella home for their accounts, we’ve rebranded our programs to reflect each market within the hospitality sector.

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View from Above: Inside the Real Estate, Community Association Umbrella Markets

The impact of today’s hard insurance market – characterized by higher prices, diminished capacity, and tighter underwriting guidelines – is being felt across all industry sectors and, depending on the class of business and its location, much more so than others. Susan DeCarlo, Vice President – Product Manager, Distinguished – provides us with a high-level…

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Umbrella Liability Insurance Hard Market Persists

The most recent Commercial Lines Insurance Premium Survey (CLIPS) released by Willis indicates that nearly all coverage lines saw significant rate hikes in 2020 Q1, with Commercial Auto, Property, Umbrella Liability, and Directors and Officers (D&O) Liability insurance exceeding double-digit rate increases. Specialty line prices also increased considerably, including in the hospitality and habitational sectors.

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Navigating Today’s Umbrella Insurance Market

In our previous article, we discussed what factors are driving rate increases, capacity restrictions, tighter underwriting, and program structure changes in the Excess Insurance market. It’s important to note that prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, carriers were already tightening underwriting in the Excess/Umbrella market, specifically in the hotel, restaurant, and habitational sectors. In recent months,…

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Umbrella Insurance Offers Added Protection for Small Businesses

For small businesses, including those in the hospitality sector such as restaurants and limited-service hotels, liability insurance is critical in protecting their assets against lawsuits that can arise from guests and other third parties. Small business liability insurance (Commercial General Liability/CGL) provides coverage for third-party claims of bodily injury and property damage, and pays for…

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The Skinny on Having Higher Umbrella/Excess Liability Limits

The industry sectors we insure are big businesses in the U.S. For example, revenue in the hotel industry across more than 52,000 properties is estimated at $189-plus billion. This includes everything from limited service hotels to luxury full-service hotels and resorts. The restaurant industry boasts $1 million-plus locations representing 10% of the workforce with revenues…

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