Editorial Board   

Mr. Poimiroo

John Poimiroo

Principal, Poimiroo & Partners

John Poimiroo has had a 30-year career in travel and tourism marketing and public policy, having directed marketing and public relations programs at ski areas, attractions, national and state parks, hotel companies and destinations. Mr. Poimiroo was California's state tourism director in the 1990s, during which time he is credited for having conceived the California Tourism Marketing Act and helping shape the law that authorized California Welcome Centers. Most recently, he assisted the chair of the President's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in facilitating the establishment of the California Cultural Heritage Tourism Council and continues as an advisor to the council. Mr. Poimiroo has won numerous awards in Journalism, photography, marketing and public relations, including the Society of American Travel Writer's Western Chapter Photo Shootout Gold Prize and its Frank Riley Award for travel writing. Among his many honors, John was a member of teams that won two national and state "Take Pride in America" awards and two national tourism industry "Odyssey" awards. In 1998, he was selected as the United States' best State Tourism Director, was inducted to the California Tourism Hall of Fame and received the University of Colorado's first Chancellor's Tourism Award. He is principal of Poimiroo & Partners, an El Dorado Hills, Calif. marketing communications consultancy.

Mr. Poimiroo can be contacted at 916-933-8860 or john@poimiroo.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.