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Mr. Koethner

Michael Koethner

Wellness & Healing Consultant, Michael Koethner

Michael Koethner is currently residing in Beijing and is in partnership with various international companies in various countries, such as the US, Germany, Thailand, China to name a few. Emerging from the hospitality industry and the wellness/healing movement, he has accumulated extensive knowledge and understanding about various markets and is very much able to implement many features with a very practical (hands-on) approach. Mr. Koethner has worked, with and for various internationally renowned companies as well as for and with bespoke high-profile and very private enterprises and business owners. He is now involved/engaged in projects ranging from investment, bespoke wellness retreat projects, deluxe private residential real estate, logistics, manufacturing projects and more. He has been in China since 2006 and has gained a substantial insight of the market whilst being in contact with like-minded individuals on this topic. 

Mr. Koethner is a graduate from the Heidelberg Hotel Management School in Germany, holding a Government and Heidelberg Chamber of Industry & Commerce accredited "Trade Masters" in International Hotel Kitchen Management, and a "TTT - Train The Trainer" Certificate accredited by the Berlin Chamber of Industry & Commerce. In addition to that, Mr. Koethner is also a graduate from the "ACNT - Australian College of Natural Therapies", in Sydney, Australia and holds 4 Diplomas (Sports-Injury Therapy, Aromatherapy, Remedial Massage and Remedial Therapies) and 1 Certificate Level 4 in Integrated Body-Work Therapies. Furthermore, he is a graduate from the "Border College of Natural Therapies" in Melbourne, Australia and holds a Certificate Level4 in Bowen Therapy.

For the Hotel Executive Magazine, he is writing about the emerging market of preventive medicine and the alternative medicine movement that contains various old and new modalities, as well as the re-definition of an industry that has a profound future, but needs to force itself out of the cocoon of outdated thoughts, behaviors and ethics, that are incompatible with the future that is unfolding in front of us. We all need a very profound level of awareness of what is happening right now and we need to come together with conscience and leave the competition mindset behind, once and for all.

Please visit http://www.1421consulting.com for more information.

Mr. Koethner can be contacted at +86 861-224-5038 or mkoethner@yahoo.com.au

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.