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Mr. Woodman

Henry Woodman

Founder & President, ICE Portal

Henry Woodman's international travel promotion career spans over 30 years beginning in television and film production. Since 1984, as co-founder of WoodMark productions, Mr. Woodman traveled the globe producing and directing travel videos for tourist boards, airlines and destination marketing offices. He produced major television programs in the United States and Latin America. For his work in network television, Mr. Woodman has earned four Emmy nominations.

In 1997 he founded World Travelvision (WTV), a leading content provider for Internet Travel and Tourism. WTV pioneered and perfected Digital Brochures and Virtual Reality 360° Panoramic Photography. He is considered one of the travel industry's leading experts on visual internet content.

In 2004, Mr. Woodman founded ICE Portal (ICE) and ICE acquired World Travelvision. ICE Portal, (ICE being an acronym for Internet Content Exchange), is the leading hospitality technology platform to manage and distribute hotel visuals. Client list includes major international hotel chains such as Hilton, Wyndham, Hyatt, Accor, Choice Hotels and Best Western. ICE delivers hotel visuals to all the major distribution channels (GDS, OTA, Search and Social Networks) in the proper specs and provides their clients with an overall content score, allowing them to improve their rankings across all the OTAs. 54,000 hotels worldwide utilize ICE Portal's photo management and distribution services and the figure continues to grow quarter to quarter.

Mr. Woodman is a Florida native and a graduate of the University of Arizona. He is trilingual, speaking English, Spanish, and French fluently, and is a natural entrepreneur. He recently completed his MBA in Entrepreneurship at NOVA Southeastern University.

Mr. Woodman can be contacted at 954-893-6778 or henry@iceportal.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.