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Mr. Engels

Gino Engels

Co-Founder, OTA Insight

Gino Engels co-founded OTA Insight in 2012. The business has since grown from a small disrupter challenging an established marketplace, to a business supporting over 30,000 clients in 140 countries.

As co-founder and CCO of OTA Insight, Mr. Engels is driven by working with the industry's most progressive innovators alongside established global and local players to deliver first-class solutions. He leads the delivery and continued development of OTA Insight's dashboard and reporting capabilities to enable hoteliers to support a profitable revenue and distribution strategy.

Mr. Engels' customer-focused objective is to deliver affordable revenue tools to hotels and continuously develop new solutions to help those in the hospitality sector overcome technological barriers.

Mr. Engels regularly contributes his expert knowledge on the hospitality sector to articles on current trending topics for publications including The Washington Post and also frequently speaks at industry events across the globe such as the SmartGuest Analytics and Best Western International Revenue Conferences in the US, HSMAI and Revenue Forums across Europe and Fastbooking Digital Labs across Asia.

Prior to co-founding OTA Insight, Mr. Engels had a successful career with roles at some of the world's largest corporations. These include Sony Pictures Entertainment and AB InBev where he worked with leading global retailers to develop profitable retail strategies both online and offline.

Please visit https://www.otainsight.com/ for more information.

Mr. Engels can be contacted at 929-313-6301 or gino@otainsight.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.