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Mr. Hudson

Michael Hudson

Senior Vice President Hotel Analytics Division, Groups 360

Michael Hudson, CRME, MBA, is a former Walt Disney Imagineer with more than 20 years experience in engineering design, data analysis and user-experience development. Throughout his career at Disney, he helped open two theme parks and numerous ride systems across both coasts. He championed using data visualization and predictive analytics to improve ride reliability. In 2006, he was recruited by Gaylord Entertainment to graft his Disney experience onto hotel development. He created innovative retail and sports bar experiences for hotel guests and brokered strategic partnerships with the MLB and The Smithsonian. From there, he transitioned to help form a new team centralizing revenue management and yield strategies for the brand. Based on experiences yielding group business during the 2009 downturn, Mr. Hudson then founded Grouponomics to help bring event-performance transparency to the Sales and Revenue Management teams within the Hotel Industry. He focused on creating an application that unlocks data collecting digital cobwebs in CRM systems/spreadsheets. Grouponomics provides Sales, Revenue Management, Hotel Executives and Asset Managers a summarized view of Group business to contract displayed in easy to grasp Key Performance Indicators and communicated with the best practices in modern data visualization. If you can't measure it, you can't change it. After successfully growing for five years, Grouponomics was acquired by Nashville based, Groups360 in 2015. Mr. Hudson joined Groups360 as Head of Strategy, Hotel Analytics Division. Mr. Hudson remains dedicated to continuing to deliver transparency to both sides of the Hotel/Meeting Planner equation. When data is transformed from an ugly tabular system to a format that tells a story, that's when you truly unlock the potential of a collaborative sales process. Effective communication only happens when data is set free; Knowledge for both sides creates efficiency and maximizes profits for all.

Please visit http://www.groups360.com for more information.

Mr. Hudson can be contacted at 615-669-6338 or michael.hudson@groups360.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.