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Mr. Modak

Ashish Modak

General Manager, LUX* Belle Mare

Ashish Modak is the General Manager of LUX* Belle Mare, the flagship resort of LUX* Resorts & Hotels and is based in Mauritius. The group operates contemporary luxury resorts in the Indian Ocean where it has 8 properties and 2 resorts in China. The group is also launching its first resort in the UAE and is on a steady expansion plan in several new destinations.

Mr. Modak's profile includes operational excellence of over 20 years in Food & Beverage, Rooms Division and allied areas in some of the finest hotels in Asia, Europe, Middle East and Africa including experience in pre-openings and complete refurbishments of hotels with reputed hotel chains like Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces and Six Senses Resorts & Spas prior to joining LUX* Resorts & Hotels.

In his current assignment, Mr. Modak has been instrumental in converting a 186 suite beach front resort in to a leading trendy offering boasting of some of the finest restaurants, a luxurious spa and one of the best service experiences in this part of the world. The resort has shown a steady upward trend on Trip Advisor from being on the 35th position in 2011 to being ranked 1st amongst 181 resorts in Mauritius in 2017.

Having successfully launched Cafe LUX*, the Indian Ocean's first home roasted coffee experience at LUX* Belle Mare in 2011, Mr. Modak was also involved in the opening of LUX* Resorts & Hotels 2 franchise cafes.

Please visit http://www.luxresorts.com/en/hotel-mauritius/luxbellemare for more information.

Mr. Modak can be contacted at +230 4022000 or ashish.modak@luxbellemare.com

Coming up in December 2020...

Hotel Law: Protecting Guest Privacy

Every business is obligated to protect their customers from identity theft but unfortunately, data breaches have become all too common. In an effort to protect a guest's right to privacy and to safeguard their personal data, the European Union passed a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that could hold hotels legally liable for any breaches that expose a customer's sensitive personal information. Though the GDPR only pertains to EU citizens' data, any international business that mishandles their data can be legally responsible. Another legal issue of concern is the fight involving hotel "resort fees." Several states attorney generals have recently filed suit against two major hotel chains in an effort to litigate this practice. Their suit alleges that these companies are "engaged in deceptive and misleading pricing practices and their failure to disclose fees is in violation of consumer protection laws." The suit seeks to force the hotel chains to advertise the true price of their hotel rooms. There are several other legal issues that the industry is being forced to address. Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace is still top of mind for hotel employers-particularly in New York and California, which now statutorily require harassment training. Hotels and motels in California will also soon be required to train all their employees on human trafficking awareness. Immigration issues are also of major concern to hotel employers, especially in the midst of a severe labor shortage. The government is issuing fewer H2B visas for low-skilled workers, as well as J-1 visas for temporary workers. Though there is little hope for any comprehensive immigration reform, hotel lobbying groups are actively seeking legal remedies to alleviate this problem. These are just a few of the critical issues that the December issue of the Hotel Business Review will examine in the area of hotel law.