Editorial Board   

Mr. Bova

Rocco Bova

General Manager, Chable' Resort & SPA

Rocco Bova, an Italian born hotelier, Cornell educated, with an international career in luxury hotels spanning over 20 years and six continents, is a passionate, energetic and enthusiastic professional, with experience from classic hotels to cutting edge design, from business city properties to resorts operations and from golf resorts to destination wellness. 

Mr. Bova has been involved in the past 10 years in some exceptional projects including successfully repositioning, rebranding and branding of non performing properties or young companies ready to take on the world with new concepts.

Part of his ''retirement plan'' is to become a teacher or an invited speaker in a world class hospitality school, in order to inspire the next generation of hoteliers.  

Currently Mr. Bova is the GM of Chable' Resort & SPA, a luxury wellness resort set in the Yucatan jungle of Mexico, he and his team have been key to the incredible success and many international awards it has gained just after a year and half since its opening.

Please visit https://chableresort.com/ for more information.

Mr. Bova can be contacted at +52 55 4161 4262 or rocco.bova@chableresort.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.