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Ms. Rheams

Connie Rheams

Global Business Development, Altiuspar

A hospitality industry veteran, Connie Rheams is responsible for a range of strategic corporate initiatives at AltiusPAR, including partner relations and global business development and marketing. Ms. Rheams comes to AltiusPAR from Cendant Corporation, where she was most recently vice president of Cendant's Travel Distribution Hospitality and Leisure Group. At Cendant, her responsibilities included business development, management of all sales initiatives in the Americas, and implementation of other Cendant company and partner programs. Prior to Cendant, she was president of TRUST Inc., which was acquired by Cendant in 2002. Prior to TRUST, Ms. Rheams spent 14 years at AMR Corporation, where she held various management positions at American Airlines, TeleService Resources, and SABRE. While at AMR, Ms. Rheams served on the Latin American Task Force at American Airlines, led the hospitality division at TeleService Resources, and served as the head of product marketing for SABRE Internet Travel Solutions.

Ms. Rheams can be contacted at 940-497-5300 or connie.l.rheams@altiuspar.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.