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Ms. Pryor

Kristen Pryor

General Manager, The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley

Kristen Pryor is the General Manager of The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley. With more than 20 years of hospitality experience, she previously served as Director of Sales & Marketing at The Westin Riverfront, helping to open the resort in 2008.

A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Ms. Pryor previously served as the Associate Director of Sales at the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek. Ms. Pryor started her hospitality career as a concierge at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa and also held sales positions at the Keystone Conference Center and the Omni Interlocken Resort & Spa.

Ms. Pryor has helped to position The Westin Riverfront to win numerous awards and accolades, including earning Colorado's first Silver LEED hotel certification and being named Conde Nast Traveler's #1 U.S. Resort for 2010. Under Ms. Pryor's leadership, Starwood also honored The Westin Riverfront for "Sales Team of the Year." The Westin Riverfront was also honored as the "Best Place to Work in the Vail Valley" for 2016 by the Vail Valley Partnership.

A member of the Colorado Hotel & Lodging Association, Ms. Pryor is an active supporter of many Vail Valley organizations, including serving on Town of Avon's 2014 re-branding committee and working closely with the Vail Valley Partnership, Beaver Creek Resort and the Vail Valley Foundation.

Ms. Pryor also represents East West Partners and is currently the only female GM serving on The Westin Advisory Board, who meet bi-annually with Westin Brand leaders to discuss how the brand is performing and future initiatives.

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Ms. Pryor can be contacted at +1 970-790-6000 or kpryor@westinriverfront.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.