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Mr. Minett

Dean Minett

Founder/Director, Minett Consulting

Dean Minett has been a part of the Australian hotel landscape for nearly 40 years when he first started as a teenager at Melbourne's prestigious Southern Cross Hotel.

After a rapid rise in the hotel Mr. Minett became the youngest ever GM of a five star hotel in Australia, opening the Southern Cross Sydney. Since that time Mr. Minett has managed, led or consulted to hotels, restaurants, resorts and casinos throughout Australia including many years as Country General Manager, Australia, for the world's largest owner/operator of serviced apartments.

Mr. Minett's experience gives him an unparalleled perspective in the industry, with a range and depth not seen elsewhere. Since 2012, this experience has been utilized by owners, developers, managers and investors who have all drawn on his expertise to develop, manage or improve their properties, whether hotels, casinos, resorts, or serviced apartments.

Mr. Minett now supports clients at every stage of hotel development, from site assessment and property design through to operator selection and ongoing asset management.

Mr. Minett is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in addition to his commercial work has served on numerous boards and committees including William Angliss Institute, Victoria University, Australian Hotels Association and the Hotel Motel and Accommodation Association.

Mr. Minett has judged for both state and national awards and was recognized as a Legend of Tourism by Tourism Training Australia. He is the co-author of two best-selling industry texts and is a regular blogger/author and a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Please visit http://www.minettconsulting.com.au for more information.

Mr. Minett can be contacted at +61 4030-52090 or dean@minettconsulting.com.au

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.