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Mr. Torbet

Peter Torbet

Director, Product Inovation, Acentic

Peter Torbet has been with Acentic since he graduated with an Honours Degree in Product Design from De Montfort University, which included a placement at Aston Martin. On graduating, Mr. Torbet joined Granada Business Technology to head up the design team, overseeing the Hospitality Industry's first use of a full screen UI, evolving into the industry's first animated Flash User Interface.

Mr. Torbet's remit moved from a UK-centric footprint to worldwide in 2003 on the formation of Acentic, where he headed up the European Design Studio. With his enthusiastic nature and visionary concepts, he soon found himself becoming lead presenter at client presentations to key accounts including Hilton, Starwood, Accor, Marriott, IHG and subsequently industry events.

During this time, Mr. Torbet's role expanded from that of not only the UI, but the wider guest experience and in turn the technology to deliver that experience. In his role as Director, Product Innovation, he enjoys looking at products from a creative technologist perspective, identifying opportunities, defining and taking product specification and development from proof of concept stage through to market.

Mr. Torbet works very closely across all disciplines within Acentic, from Operations, Product Management and R&D, through to Sales. An advisor to the Executive Board of Acentic, his global remit sees him travelling the world to support all key territories including Asia, the US and EMEA.

Please visit http://acentic.com/ for more information.

Mr. Torbet can be contacted at +44 (0) 1525 844-930 or peter.torbet@acentic.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.