Editorial Board   

Mr. Anderson

Peter Anderson

Founder, Anderson & Associates

Mr. Anderson, a 25-year veteran in the leisure industries, and has extensive experience in advisory services for high-end, world-class destination resorts. He has conducted engagements domestically in the United States as well as in Europe Asia and MENA. Peter's prominence in the lifestyle resort industry has positioned him as an expert, who is asked regularly to speak at conferences and participate on industry panels. To that end, he has keynoted in Manhattan, London, Monte Carlo, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Bali, Los Angeles, Orlando, Hong Kong, and Las Vegas. His day-to-day activities embody his passion to combine the luxury environments of 5-star lodging with life changing efficacy found in state-of-the art health care and wellness environments. This includes developing strategic operating plans for his clients with respect to new construction, expansion, renovations, branding or enhanced operation. He evaluates hotel, resort, spa and wellness environments and their imbedded modalities with respect to market acceptance, economic viability and most importantly emerging market trends. In addition to holding the position of Vice President/Western Region for American Leisure, a spa operations and consulting company. Peter is also a faculty member at the Collins School of Hospitality Management at the California State University's campus in Pomona, CA. the California State University Hotel Management Program in Long Beach, CA (CSULB) and The University of California Irvine, Spa Management Program. His research and academic achievements have earned him a position on the board of advisors at UC Irvine and CSULB as well as a position on the Board of Directors for the International Council on Hotel Restaurant and Institutional Educators. Since 2001, he has been a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants an invitation-only group of globally-based industry experts and since 2007 a member of the Global Spa and Wellness Summit an elite group of industry leaders who are positioned to mentor and steward the spa and wellness industry as it evolves in the 21st century.

Mr. Anderson can be contacted at 310-702-3442 or peter@anderspa.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.