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Mr. Beaubien

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien

President & CEO, Groupize Solutions

Charles de Gaspe Beaubien is the founder and CEO of Groupize, the easy to use, end-to-end platform for Corporate Simple Meetings. Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has enjoyed a 25-year career in the travel industry which has included experiences co-founding a Rafting company, working for the Montreal CVB or serving in executive positions for major group tour operators including Yankee Holidays and Group Voyagers Inc. (Globus, Cosmos, Monograms and more). His hands on planning experience, combined with his understanding of the various travel technology fuels his passion to bring efficiencies to the difficult processes involved in sourcing and managing groups and simple meetings for planners and hotels. Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has won various awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year in Quebec, Best Emerging Technology at PhoCusWright (2013) and Top 25 Most Influential Person in Business Travel (2017) and is currently a member of the GBTA Meetings Committee.

He wants Groupize to be the Travel Technology that finally cracks the small groups and simple meetings nut and provide the game changing solutions the industry desperately needs.  His passion is to bring constant innovation and remove enough friction in order for the industry to fall in love with groups and meetings.

Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has held various board seats such as the Canadian Tourism Commission Leisure Advisory Board, the Starwood Leisure Advisory Board, and the Gloucester DMO. Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien has won various awards such as Entrepreneur of the Year in Quebec and Best Emerging Technology at PhoCusWright (2013), and Top 25 Most Influential Person in Business Travel (2017).  He credits his education in Entrepreneurship from Bishop's University in Quebec and l'E.S.S.C.A. (Ecole Superieur des Science Commerciales d'Anger). Mr. de Gaspe Beaubien is currently a member of the GBTA Meetings Committee.

 


Please visit www.groupizesolutions.com for more information.

Mr. Beaubien can be contacted at 508-332-7319 or charles@groupize.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.