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Mr. Baldassari

Robert Baldassari

General Manager, The Lodge at Woodloch

Robert Baldassari is a tenured hospitality professional with over 28 years in the service industry. While Mr. Baldassari's extended family was in hospitality (one might say it runs in the blood), he naturally was drawn to the excitement of something new each day.

Mr. Baldassari began his career on the high seas. As a cruise employee, he was able to explore the world and learn the ins and outs of providing exceptional service.  As his career expanded, so did his expertise in sales, marketing and hotel management, at both large brand and independent properties. Mr. Baldassari is known by his team to be a big presence (standing at over 6'6") with an even bigger heart. He genuinely cares about each of his team members and values his personal relationships.

One of Mr. Baldassari's passions is to mentor young upcoming hospitality students. He has been a guest speaker and presenter at The Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism School at East Stroudsburg University.  He has also mentored students while President of The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Northeast PA Chapter.

Mr. Baldassari joined the team at The Lodge at Woodloch as General Manager in 2013 after spending time at Skytop Lodge among other major resorts in northeast Pennsylvania.

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

Mr. Baldassari can be contacted at +1 800-966-3562 or rbaldassari@thelodgeatwoodloch.com

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.