Editorial Board   

Ms. Willmott

Kristie Willmott

Group Director of E-Business & Customer Development, Jumeirah

Kristie Willmott is the Group Director of E-Business and Customer Development for the Dubai based international luxury hotel group, Jumeirah. In her role, Kristie has responsibility for online strategy that will grow sales revenue and deepen consumer relationships across the group's fourteen websites. Prior to joining Jumeirah, Kristie held positions with Le Meridien Hotels, Utell and Virgin Atlantic Airways, where she developed web affiliate programs, 3rd party onward distribution, corporate loyalty programs and travel industry sales. Kristie holds a First Class Batchelor of Arts Honors degree in Leisure and Tourism Management from the University of North London and is currently an Executive Officer on the HEDNA Board of Directors. Born in Holland and raised in the UK, Kristie now resides in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ms. Willmott can be contacted at 97143300111 or kristie.willmott@jumeirah.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.