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Mr. Garcia Rosa

Arturo Garcia Rosa

President & Founder, SAHIC South America and SAHIC Cuba

With more than 35 years of experience in hospitality, Arturo Garcia Rosa is regarded as one of the leading authorities and advisors in the hotel, travel and tourism industries in Latin America. His publications, articles, and presentations reflect his passionate interest in keeping current with industry developments throughout Latin America, as well as his profound insights, vision, and in-depth knowledge of the industry. In 1995 he founded RHC Hospitality Consulting [www.rhc.la][1], one of the most respected consulting firms based in Latin America. In 2008, Arturo founded SAHIC - the South American Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference - the only annual event of its kind in Latin America, aimed at promoting hotel and tourism developments and related real-estate projects in the region. In May 2017, he will host the first hotel investment conference in Cuba, SAHIC Cuba, in conjunction with the Cuba Ministry of Tourism. Mr. Rosa's career is as extensive as it is prestigious in the hospitality sector in Latin America; he was President & Managing Director of Buenos Aires' renowned Alvear Palace Hotel from 1984 to 1995, where he led the project to rebrand and reposition one of most iconic hotels in the world. He also served as President of Welcome Argentina (1992-1994) and was Founder and CEO of Destino Argentina (2003-2005), a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote Argentina as a travel destination. Mr. Rosa was also the force and brainpower behind the Argentina 2010 Travel & Tourism Plan, the first-ever destination marketing strategic plan for the country. [1]: http://www.rhc.la

Please visit www.sahic.com for more information.

Mr. Garcia Rosa can be contacted at 54-9-11-4445-7646 or agrosa@sahic.com

Coming up in December 2019...

Hotel Law: A Labor Crisis and Cyber Security

According to a recent study, the hospitality industry accounted for 2.9 trillion dollars in sales and in the U.S. alone, was responsible for 1 in 9 jobs. In an industry of that scope and dimension, legal issues touch every aspect of a hotel's operation, and legal services are required in order to conform to all prevailing laws and regulations. Though not all hotels face the same issues, there are some industry-wide subjects that are of concern more broadly. One of those matters is the issue of immigration and how it affects the ability of hotels to recruit qualified employees. The hotel industry is currently facing a labor crisis; the U.S. Labor Department estimates that there are 600,000 unfilled jobs in the industry. Part of the problem contributing to this labor shortage is the lack of H2B visas for low-skilled workers, combined with the difficulty in obtaining J-1 visas for temporary workers. Because comprehensive immigration reform is not being addressed politically, hotel managers expect things are going to get worse before they get better. Corporate cyber security is another major legal issue the industry must address. Hotels are under enormous pressure in this area given the large volume of customer financial transactions they handle daily. Recently, a federal court ruled that the Federal Trade Commission had the power to regulate corporate cyber security, so it is incumbent on hotels to establish data security programs in order to prevent data breaches. The lack of such programs could cause hotels to face legal threats from government agencies, class action lawsuits, and damage to their brand image if a data breach should occur. These are just two of the critical issues that the December issue of Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.