Editorial Board   Guest Author

Mr. Butler

Stuart Butler

Chief Operating Officer, Fuel Travel

Stuart Butler is the Chief Operating Officer at Fuel Travel, a full-service agency and software provider for the hospitality industry.

A native of Horsmonden, England, Mr. Butler moved to the United States in 2001 and has spent the past 18 years implementing technology and overseeing marketing strategies for hundreds of hotels worldwide.

With a degree in Physics with Space Science and Systems from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a background as a Coldfusion programmer and project manager, Mr. Butler leverages cutting-edge technology and takes a solutions-minded and innovative approach to everyday marketing challenges.

He is also a keynote speaker, a co-host on HSMAI's This Week in Hospitality Digital Marketing show, and has published more than 100 episodes of the industry's #1 weekly marketing podcast - The Fuel Hotel Marketing Podcast. On the podcast, Mr. Butler and his team of Fueligans discuss industry trends and provide tangible marketing advice.

Fuel helps maximize market share and profitability for independent hotels, resorts, condotels, and management groups by providing a comprehensive suite of marketing services, these include website development, SEO, SEM, Email marketing, Social Media, and Analytics.

In addition, the Fuel Booking Engine, Fuel AI-Powered CRM & Marketing Automation, Fuel Mobile App & Digital Key, and Fuel Gauge Analytics Dashboard software products help properties drive more direct bookings and reduce reliance on third-party channels.

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

Mr. Butler can be contacted at +1 843-848-2164 or stuart@fueltravel.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.