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Ms. Gelfound

Wendi Gelfound

Director of Marketing, Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

As a founding member of the Sunrise Springs launch team, Wendi Gelfound played a critical role in defining brand positioning and marketing strategies. With extensive experience in the health and wellness, spa and tourism sectors, Ms. Gelfound has been recognized internationally as an expert and innovator in destination marketing. In 2015, she had the honor of speaking on the Business of Hot Springs Panel at the Global Wellness Summit in Mexico City. And, in October of 2016 Ms. Gelfound was invited to present the "American Perspective" at the inaugural Global Thermal Think Tank in Bad Orb, Germany, and on the R(E)volution of Hot Springs Panel at the Global Wellness Summit in Tyrol, Austria. Ms. Gelfound has successfully led global marketing initiatives for several New Mexico-based resorts, most notably Sunrise Springs' sister property Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa for the last eleven years, and Taos' award-winning El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa. Ms. Gelfound was founder and vice president of the Taos Tourism Council, and at the state level, has been selected for a 2nd term as a North Central Region Board Member for the New Mexico Tourism Department. Ms. Gelfound's creative eye and extensive experience in branding and marketing strategies spans three decades. She was creative director for a marketing agency in Miami and owned a software and web development company in the early 1990s. To that foundation. Ms. Gelfound maintains a compelling interest in the leading edge of communications media. Ms. Gelfound attended Boston University, The Massachusetts College of Art & Design, and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is passionate about adventure travel, hiking, yoga…and the occasional bungee jump.

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

Ms. Gelfound can be contacted at 505-780-8145 or wendi.gelfound@sunrisesprings.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.