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Mr. Mueller

Markus Mueller

Vice President Global Sales, Worldhotels

Markus Mueller is a sales expert with extensive experience working with hotel groups and chains and considerable international experience. Most recently before joining Worldhotels, Mr. Mueller was Vice President Sales & Marketing Asia for Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts in Bangkok. He was responsible for all aspects of brand marketing and sales for 18 new hotel projects and eight operating hotels. He has also served as Head of Brand Relaunch at InterContinentalHotels Group, where he managed a global brand relaunch for 126 Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels in Asia Pacific. Having held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing at several hotels, he has experienced firsthand what support hotels need in their efforts to drive local and global sales. Mr. Mueller holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from Warwick Business School in the UK. Worldhotels announced Mr. Mueller's new position during the Annual Conference in January 2015 as part of a stronger sales focus for the group. In this role, Mr. Mueller works closely with Worldhotels' global sales teams to develop new strategies as well as maximize all current sales efforts. Mr. Mueller also oversees the group's 'Check 5' programme, a bundle of initiatives designed to help Worldhotels' affiliate hotels build their sales intelligence. He is based in the group's head office in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr. Mueller is a German national, but has lived and worked in many cities around the world, including Singapore, London, New Delhi, and Aruba.

Please visit www.worldhotels.com for more information.

Mr. Mueller can be contacted at 496966056259 or mmueller@worldhotels.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.