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Ms. McNees

Lynne McNees

President, International Spa Association

Lynne McNees is the President of the International SPA Association (ISPA). For over 20 years, Ms. McNees has led ISPA's global operations. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, ISPA has been recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing health and wellness facilities and providers in more than 70 countries. Members encompass the entire arena of the spa experience, from resort/hotel, destination, mineral springs, medical, club and day spas to service providers such as physicians, wellness instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists and product suppliers. Ms. McNees serves as ISPA's official spokesperson and is frequently interviewed as a spa expert by major media outlets including The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Women's Wear Daily, the Associated Press and numerous consumer and trade publications.

Prior to her role with ISPA, Ms. McNees worked for several years in Washington, D.C. Her significant accomplishments in the nation's capital included positions with WorldCupUSA, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, The President's Commission on The White House Fellowships and the Office Presidential Personnel in The White House. Ms. McNees also served on the Bush/Quayle campaign and Presidential Inaugural teams.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Ms. McNees currently serves on the Policy Well Advisory Counsel, Dallas Customer Advisory Board, Professional Beauty Federation Board and the Bank of the Bluegrass Advisory Board. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in kinesiological science.

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

Ms. McNees can be contacted at +1 859-425-5072 or lynne.mcnees@ispastaff.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.