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Ms. Broussard

Denise Broussard

Senior Vice President Revenue Management & eCommerce, Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Denise M. Broussard is the Senior Vice President of Revenue Management & eCommerce for Interstate Hotels & Resorts. She is responsible for overseeing the global Revenue Management efforts of the company's nearly 400 hotels in the USA. A 31-year veteran of the hotel industry, and 11 years with Interstate, Ms. Broussard previously held a Regional Director of Revenue Management position and was the former Corporate Director of Revenue Management with Flagstone Hospitality, managing the RFS REIT portfolio, overseeing more than 55 hotels. Prior to entering the Revenue Management discipline, Ms. Broussard held several operational roles, including General Manager at several hotels across the country. Ms. Broussard was named to her current position in 2007.

Ms. Broussard can be contacted at 703-387-3100 or denise.broussard@ihrco.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.