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Mr. Currie

Joe Currie

District Sales Manager, Egencia

Joe Currie has more than 20 years of experience in the corporate travel world. He grew up learning from his parents, who owned a global corporate travel agency with strong client ties to the automobile industry. As a child he learned the ins and outs of the industry over the dinner table, and that knowledge continues to serve him well. While he got his start working for Total Travel Management/Global Experts in Travel, he took a hiatus from travel to explore one of his other great loves, writing. For several years he worked in Los Angeles, as an actor and writer, before returning to the world of travel. Over the past eight years, Mr. Currie has served in numerous positions with Egencia, an Expedia, Inc. Company, including sales operations, customer service and strategic account management. In his current role at Egencia, Mr. Currie is a District Sales Manager for the Southeast Region. Mr. Currie is the current president of the GBTA North Carolina Chapter, and enjoys the opportunity to connect with other members of the travel community. In his time as president the North Carolina Chapter of GBTA has hosted numerous networking and educational events, increased membership and raised money for a variety of charities including Wine to Water, several North Carolina Children's Hospitals and Step Up for Soldiers. Raised in the suburbs of Detroit, Mr. Currie has also lived in Boston, Los Angeles and Tampa. With years of urban living under his belt, he is now embracing small-town life in Hillsborough, NC with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, Mr. Currie enjoys playing poker and golf, going fishing, playing sports with his kids and finding fun new restaurants with his wife.

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

Mr. Currie can be contacted at 919-225-8094 or jcurrie@egencia.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.