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Mr. Bottois

Olivier Bottois

Managing Director & COO, The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa

Olivier Bottois is managing director and chief operating officer of the 94-suite luxury resort The Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa in Lake Placid, New York. A seasoned veteran of the hospitality industry with extensive management experience at luxury properties around the world, including 10 years with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Bottois oversees all resort operations and plays a key role in real estate sales and marketing for the private residence club. Under the stewardship of Bottois, The Whiteface Lodge, the Adirondack region's only luxury resort with a private residence club, has within its first two years of operation been lauded as a Robb Report "Best of the Best" for 2006, has appeared on Conde Nast Traveler's 2006 "Hot List," and has been awarded the AAA Four-Diamond Award in the first year of operation, among other accolades. In addition, the resort has been branded one of The Leading Hotels of the World and was invited to join Virtuoso and The Kiwi Collection. A native of Normandy, France, Bottois brings a lifetime of luxury hospitality experience to his position: he grew up at the legendary Hotel George V in Paris, where his father was hotel manager. He moved to the United States in the late 1980s and has focused his career in the Lake Placid region since 2002. Prior to joining The Whiteface Lodge in 2005, Bottois served as chief executive officer and managing director of the JPO Group, where he oversaw the repositioning of Long Island"i? 1/2 s Oheka Castle Hotel as a Small Luxury Hotel of the World. He also served as general manager of the exclusive Lake Placid Lodge, a Relaise and Ch'teaux property that was named one of the top 10 resorts in the world by Departures under Bottois' leadership. During his tenure at Four Seasons, he worked at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta from 1997-2000 and at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Bottois also held posts at The Ritz Carlton Hotel Chicago, The Ritz Hotel and the Presidential Palace in Paris, The Connaught in London, The Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg and the Peninsula in New York. Bottios is a graduate of the Ecole de Chambre de Commerce et 'Industrie in Paris and has completed management courses at Cornell University. He served as vice chancellor culinaire of the Atlanta chapter of Chaine des Rotisseurs.

Mr. Bottois can be contacted at 518-523-0520 or o.bottois@thewhitefacelodge.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.