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Mr. Biemans

Ewald Biemans

Owner & Chief Executive Officer, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort

Ewald Biemans is owner and CEO of Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba. A noted environmentalist, he has steadfastly led the Eagle Beach property to become the Caribbean's first carbon neutral hotel.

Bucuti & Tara is a 104-room, adults-only enclave on the powdery white sands and turquoise water of famed Eagle Beach, named one of the "Dream Beaches of the World." Averaging a 95 percent year-round occupancy, the property is a testament that sustainability and a memorable vacation can be mutually inclusive.

A celebrated hotelier, Mr. Biemans has simultaneously led Bucuti & Tara to become the No. 1 Hotel for Romance - Caribbean and Top 10 Hotel for Romance in the World per TripAdvisor. It is heralded by Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Forbes, Barron's and beyond for its highly personalized guest experience centered on romance, sustainability and wellness.

Mr. Biemans is a frequent guest speaker and panelist throughout the world. He is highly involved in industry and community organizations from training hoteliers to spearheading legal initiatives to protect the environment. Mr. Biemans is a long-serving board member of the Aruba Hotel & Tourism Association, is a Platinum sponsor of CREST and an eco-pioneer in the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association.

Mr. Biemans served as an expert at the United Nations Foundation in Washington D.C. for the 2017 forum in recognition of the UN's International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. His goal is to be a resource for other hoteliers to replicate sustainability initiatives throughout their properties.

As an industry leader, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is the most eco-certified resort in the Caribbean. In addition to being achieving carbon neutral certification, LEED Silver, Green Globe Platinum, ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and Travelife Gold. Green Globe named it the World's Most Sustainable Hotel/Resort in 2016.

Mr. Biemans has personally been honored numerous times over the years regionally and internationally including as Hotelier of the Year, the Caribbean's Green Hotelier of the Year and in 2017 with a special Gold Adrian Award as a Sustainable Leader presented by HSMAI and National Geographic Traveler.

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

Mr. Biemans can be contacted at +297 583-1100 or Biemans@bucuti.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.