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Mr. Nathraj

Yatish Nathraj

Hotel Broker, HTL Hospitality Advisors

Working in the hospitality industry for most of his career Yatish Nathraj is a Hotel Broker with HTL Hospitality Advisors in Southern California. He started off as a handy man at a small motel in Riverside that led him to pursue a more passionate role in the industry. He has worked in management positions at award winning franchised properties such as Best Western and InterContinental Hotel Group, including Hampshire Hotels a full service Boutique Hotel chain located on the continent of Africa. He has held almost every position in a hotel and now helps investors and managers make critical decisions in their hospitality operations to ensure the success of their business.

Mr. Nathraj has traveled globally to help hospitality investors find key markets for investments. He has been traveling to Africa for the past decade, assisting clients with hospitality asset management and consulting. His passion and specialization is in helping entrepreneurs and first time hospitality investors understand the dynamics of their investment and operations of hotels. Mr. Nathraj has helped syndicate deals to ensure the best outcome for all parties involved through strategic placement and organizational restructuring. He has consulted investors in California and Africa on how to acquire, operate and sell their properties in a diligent manner.

Mr. Nathraj is an active member of the Asian American Hotel Owners Association and is an Ambassador for the association in the South Pacific Region. He has a BS in Hotel Administration & Gaming from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada and a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

Please visit http://www.htlha.com for more information.

Mr. Nathraj can be contacted at +1 951-906-4916 or ynathraj@htlha.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.