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Ms. Mendelson

Nancy Mendelson

Senior Vice President, Branding & Communication, Loews Hotels

In her role as Senior Vice President - Branding & Communication, Nancy Mendelson oversees the management and strategic development of the Loews Hotels brand, as well as insuring that all brand messaging is consistently communicated to both internal and external audiences: This includes media channels such as advertising, public relations, social media, direct marketing and the web. Since joining Loews Hotels in 2007, Ms. Mendelson has helped to reposition the brand with a new logo and new marketing efforts which include a new guest loyalty program, You First, LTV a new advertiser-supported in-room television channel and many new strategic partnerships. Ms. Mendelson came to Loews with more than 25 years of branding, media, marketing and communications experience. Prior to joining Loews, she was Vice President and Creative Director of PRI, a New York City-based event, media and marketing communication services company, where her clients included Loews Hotels, Loews Corp., CBS Television, Sirius Satellite Radio, New York University and the 92nd Street Y. Previously, she headed MPI/Mendelson Productions, Inc., which specialized in, branding, marketing and media consulting, project management, creative development and design, film and video production. From 1981 to 1988, she was with CBS Television Network, serving in a variety of positions including Executive Producer/Creative Director, Special Projects, CBS Broadcast Group and Creative Director for CBS Marketing. Her relationship with Loews Hotels spans 19 years. She has also worked in the fields of advertising and publishing. The recipient of numerous industry awards, Ms. Mendelson is a published writer and member of Writers Guild of America, the Forbes Executive Women's Board and the Strategic Planning and Executive Planning Committees for NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.

Ms. Mendelson can be contacted at 212-521-2777 or nmendelson@loewshotels.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.