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Mr. Minett

Dean Minett

Founder/Director, Minett Consulting

Dean Minett has been a part of the Australian hotel landscape for nearly 40 years when he first started as a teenager at Melbourne's prestigious Southern Cross Hotel.

After a rapid rise in the hotel Mr. Minett became the youngest ever GM of a five star hotel in Australia, opening the Southern Cross Sydney. Since that time Mr. Minett has managed, led or consulted to hotels, restaurants, resorts and casinos throughout Australia including many years as Country General Manager, Australia, for the world's largest owner/operator of serviced apartments.

Mr. Minett's experience gives him an unparalleled perspective in the industry, with a range and depth not seen elsewhere. Since 2012, this experience has been utilized by owners, developers, managers and investors who have all drawn on his expertise to develop, manage or improve their properties, whether hotels, casinos, resorts, or serviced apartments.

Mr. Minett now supports clients at every stage of hotel development, from site assessment and property design through to operator selection and ongoing asset management.

Mr. Minett is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and in addition to his commercial work has served on numerous boards and committees including William Angliss Institute, Victoria University, Australian Hotels Association and the Hotel Motel and Accommodation Association.

Mr. Minett has judged for both state and national awards and was recognized as a Legend of Tourism by Tourism Training Australia. He is the co-author of two best-selling industry texts and is a regular blogger/author and a proud husband, father and grandfather.

Please visit http://www.minettconsulting.com.au for more information.

Mr. Minett can be contacted at +61 403052090 or dean@minettconsulting.com.au

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.