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Mr. Peter

Tim Peter

Founder, Tim Peter & Associates

Tim Peter is an award-winning hospitality marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience developing successful, cutting-edge e-commerce and digital marketing programs. Prior to founding Tim Peter & Associates, a full-service e-commerce and internet marketing consulting firm in early 2011, Mr. Peter worked with the world's largest hotel franchisor and the world's premier independent luxury hotel representation firm to help hotels and resorts across diverse segments achieve billions of dollars of online revenue.

Mr. Peter's writings have appeared in many trade publications, and his blog, "Tim Peter Thinks," attracts a large following each month. He writes a column for Hotel News Now and frequently comments on Internet marketing and e-commerce topics in publications, including the New York Post, Hotel Management and Hotel News Now. His first book is due out in 2018.

Recognized as one of HSMAI's Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Hospitality Marketing and Sales, Mr. Peter focuses on digital marketing, consumer behavior, and e-commerce strategy. His work leverages lessons learned from life in the trenches of digital marketing and e-commerce for some of the world's most widely known brands and how those lessons apply today.

An in-demand speaker, Mr. Peter has presented to global audiences in public and private events. He teaches courses in digital marketing strategy and operations for Rutgers Business School and the Mendoza College of Business. He is also the author of several white papers, including “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World,” “When More is More: Upselling as a Sales & Marketing Tactic,” and “Engaging Online Travel Shoppers Through Integrated Marketing.”

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

Mr. Peter can be contacted at 201-305-0055 or tim@timpeter.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.