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Ms. Palatucci

Gio Palatucci

Director of Social Media Services, Sparkloft Media

Gio Palatucci serves as Director of Social Media Services at Sparkloft Media, a global social media agency. Sparkloft Media has specialized in social media since the inception of the medium, and continues to foster online conversations for clients around the world, through the development and implementation of strategic campaigns on all leading social platforms.

At Sparkloft Media Ms. Palatucci oversees the development and optimization of the agency's core programs and services, including influencer marketing. In more than six years at Sparkloft Media, she has helped develop innovative influencer programs, advising the client services team on the execution of more than 130 influencer trips that have generated 185+ million impressions, 6.8 million engagements and earned numerous industry awards.

Ms. Palatucci's award-winning work for domestic and international tourism organizations include Brand USA (Visit The USA), South African Tourism, the German National Tourist Office, Crystal Cruises and numerous hotel brands. Her work on South African Tourism's #MeetSouthAfrica program— now in its third year—garnered an HSMAI Platinum Adrian Award.

Her experience extends nearly a decade in the travel and tourism industry, beginning at National Geographic Traveler magazine. At Traveler, Ms. Palatucci spearheaded the growth of the magazine's social media audience, managed the award-winning Intelligent Travel blog and was a producer on the successful "Where's Andrew?" Digital Nomad series.

Her early education in sense-of-place storytelling continues to frame the work Ms. Palatucci provides to her clients today. At Sparkloft we believe everything is social. Ms. Palatucci leads her clients to success at the crossroads, where social insights meet compelling narratives.

Ms. Palatucci has a bachelor's degree from The George Washington University. She currently resides in Washington, D.C., where she leads the local Sparkloft DC team.

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

Ms. Palatucci can be contacted at +1 503-455-4937 or gio@sparkloftmedia.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.