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Mr. Tall

Michael Tall

President & Chief Operating Officer, Charlestowne Hotels

Michael Tall joined Charlestowne Hotels in 2004 to provide guidance in marketing, e-commerce and revenue management initiatives. Since becoming co-owner of the company in 2008, he has made it a priority to recruit and hire the industry's top talent and to expand the company's client base. Under his leadership, Charlestowne Hotels' portfolio has doubled in size twice, with many hotels under the brand's umbrella receiving prestigious industry accolades including Travel + Leisure's Number 2 Hotel on the “Top 100 Hotels In the World” list and Number 1 and Number 15 on the Top 15 Hotels “Best City Hotels In the Continental United States” list, Conde Nast Traveler's “Gold List” and “Top 100 Hotels in the World,” TripAdvisor's Number 1 and Number 2 Luxury Hotel in the United States list, Smith Travel Research's “Best Performing Hotel in the US,” as well as other national media and travel industry honors. Previously, Mr. Tall worked for Rock Resorts (a subsidiary of Vail Resorts) as a corporate analyst as well as the director of revenue for the former Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage. He has also worked with companies such as The Savoy Group, Kiawah Island Resorts, and Xerox. Mr. Tall has a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and received his Master's Degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. Mr. Tall sits on the Board of Governors and serves as Travel Council Chair for the Charleston Visitor's Bureau. He has been a guest lecturer at several universities and a speaker and panelist at many hotel industry events including The Hunter Investment Conference, various BLLA conferences, The Lodging Conference, The STR Data Conference, and more.

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

Mr. Tall can be contacted at 843-972-1400 or info@charlestownehotels.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.