Editorial Board   

Mr. Rey Fernandez

Reynaldo Rey Fernandez

General Manager, AC Hotel San Juan Condado

Reynaldo Rey Fernandez joined AC Hotel San Juan Condado in 2016 and today serves as the hotel's General Manager. He is responsible for overseeing the general administration of the hotel, sales positioning, revenue generation as well as top and bottom line deliverables. With over 21 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Mr. Rey Fernández began his career within Marriott International, Inc. in 2002 at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino serving as a Supervisor of Recreation. After few years and many promotions, in October 2016 he ascended to his current position at the AC Hotel San Juan Condado where he was an integral contributor to the hotel's opening, which took place on April 12, 2017. Mr. Rey Fernandez received the JW Marriott Award of Excellence in 2009 for his exemplary performance, character and dedication. The AC Hotel San Juan Condado celebrates the beauty of stylish modern design with its European soul and Spanish roots. Making a stylish entrance in Puerto Rico's Condado neighborhood, the sleek new hotel is perfectly located in the center of the district and steps away from the beach. The contemporary hotel will feature refined, modern design guest rooms, a rooftop terrace, a relaxing lounge area as well as an innovative European and Puerto Rican beverage and food service fusion. Mr. Rey Fernandez is thrilled to bring this new breed of lifestyle hotel to the urban and culturally rich capital of Puerto Rico - AC Hotel San Juan Condado by Marriott is designed for creative, entrepreneurial spirits who are constantly on the go and who appreciate the oasis of a contemporary hotel that allows them to welcome moments of tranquility, be present and connect with others.

Please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sjuac-ac-hotel-san-juan-condado/ for more information.

Mr. Rey Fernandez can be contacted at 1+787-827-7280 or Rfernandez@achotelsj.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.