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Ms. Minton

Melinda Minton

Executive Director, SPAA

Melinda Minton, a spa, wellness, salon consultant and health and beauty expert, is a past spa owner, certified massage therapist, esthetician and cosmetologist. Ms. Minton has formal training in business, marketing and digital media. Ms. Minton has consulted on spa management issues, product formulations, spa profitability and strategy among sundry other projects. Ms. Minton has worked on hundreds of projects involving everything from spa start-ups to launching marketing programs for Fortune 500 companies. Ms. Minton is the founder of The Spa Association (SPAA), a world-class organization dedicated to enriching the professional beauty industry through self-regulation, education and sound business practices. Ms. Minton is also a member of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and of Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW). In 2006, Ms. Minton was appointed to the United States Business Advisory Council (BAC) representing small business interest and was named Colorado Business Women of the Year by the Presidential Commission of the Bush administration. Ms. Minton founded and launched Reed Elsevier's Spa and Resort and co-located Medical Spa conferences now in Miami, New York City and Los Angeles. She has also organized the International Fitness Show, Club Industry spa track events for Primedia for many years. She has written countless consumer and trade publications. Featured in consecutive year in Entrepreneur magazine, Ms. Minton serves as an expert resource for such publications as Better Homes and Gardens, Shape, First for Women, In Style, and Alternative Medicine magazines and is on the Board of Directors for Healing Retreats and Spas and Hotel Executive magazines. Clients have included: Roche, Teledyne Waterpik, Sandals and Beaches, Borghese, Avon, Disney and W hotels.

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

Ms. Minton can be contacted at 970-682-6045 or melinda@spaminton.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.