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Mr. McAndrews

Chris McAndrews

Vice President of Marketing - Hospitality Cloud, Cvent

Chris McAndrews is the Vice President of Marketing - Hospitality Cloud, for Cvent. The Cvent Hospitality Cloud partners with hotels and venues to help them drive profitable group and corporate travel business.

Mr. McAndrews' team leads the marketing efforts for Cvent's digital marketing tools and software solutions that enable hotels to attract valuable leads to grow their business, maximize the value of that business, and ultimately own their customer relationships.

Cvent provides easy-to-use, integrated technology solutions to maximize the impact of meetings and events of all sizes. Cvent helps organizations plan and market events, execute onsite, engage audiences and measure and analyze results.

Prior to joining Cvent, Mr. McAndrews served in several travel industry executive positions, including roles with pioneering online travel agency Travelocity and global corporate travel management network Radius Travel.

At Travelocity, his teams managed supplier relations, online advertising, and built a fast-growth cruise and vacation package business, helping the company become the first profitable OTA.

Mr. McAndrews helped lead the Radius Travel global network of corporate travel management companies to unprecedented growth in both its corporate account portfolio, and the value of hotel transactions generated through the Radius Global Hotel Program. His responsibilities with Radius included supplier sales, corporate marketing, technology partnerships, customer data management and corporate strategy.

Outside of travel, Mr. McAndrews also served as President, Digital Media for National Geographic and as head of corporate marketing for technology trade publisher International Data Group. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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

Mr. McAndrews can be contacted at +1 855-385-7823 or cmcandrews@cvent.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.