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Mr. Quinones

Eliezer Quinones

General Manager, Chileno Bay Resort & Residences

Eliezer Quiñones is the general manager of Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, part of Auberge Resorts collection of award-winning luxury hotels and world class spas.

Mr. Quiñones has already built an impressive reputation throughout his career as an elite hotelier and has been an integral part of the leadership teams of various globally recognized hotel groups and resorts. Adding to his talents, Eliezer Quiñones was once a professional baseball player! Alongside a healthy serving of charisma, as General Manager he brings over 20 years of hotel management experience to this leadership role and 18 years of experience of opening luxury properties in both North and South America.

Mr. Quiñones passion for hospitality began right after his professional baseball career in the minor's league where he had the opportunity to play baseball for four years with the Cincinnati Reds organization. He describes his transition from baseball to the Hotel Business: "I used to work out along the beach in Isla Verde Puerto Rico during the off season. I was always fascinated with the beauty of the hotel along the coast as I was able to admire while I was running on the beach. I always used to say to myself, if I ever stop playing baseball, maybe I would enjoy working at a hotel as much as I love playing baseball". Immediately after his baseball career, he pursued opportunities in the hotel business and, as his successful career indicates, he has never looked back.

Most recently, Mr. Quiñones was working for Tafer Resorts, where he managed two spectacular luxury hotels as the General Manager: Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa and Hotel Mousai.

Prior to this experience, Mr. Quiñones worked for Capella Hotels and Resort where he managed luxury hotels in Zihuatanejo and Los Cabos, Mexico, playing a significant role in the pre-opening and launch of the chain's first residential hotel project in Mexico. Before working in Mexico he was Rooms Executive at Carefree Resorts and Villas in Arizona, and Director of Operations in Arkansas Peabody Little Rock. He also spent six years with the Ritz-Carlton Company where he rose through the ranks very quickly taking positions in Las Vegas, St Thomas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and Cancun.

Mr. Quiñones graduated from Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana) in 1989 with a Bachelor degree of Arts, Communications.

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Mr. Quinones can be contacted at 844-207-9354 or eliezer.quinones@aubergeresorts.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.