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Mr. Isvan

Omer Isvan

Founder & President, Servotel

Omer Isvan is the founder and president of Servotel, celebrating over 30 years of evolution into a global Hotel & Resort consulting boutique. Servotel is now widely recognized as the leading advisor in the investment and development of hotels, resorts, wellness facilities and integrated residential and mixed-use lifestyle developments worldwide.

Backed up with industry-leading specialists based in London and Istanbul, Mr. Isvan's experience spans over 43 countries and numerous projects advising investors in every step of investment and development from green-field concepting stage through to asset management of hotels, resorts, destination wellness and lifestyle communities, most involving the selection of and cooperation with global hospitality and spa operators and brands.  

Mr. Isvan's unique approach and vision for development advisory field, strong passion for a fully coherent holistic R&D and expertise base that plugs-in to the investor and that maintains the link between the vision, physical and operational concept and the financial feasibility, led to Servotel's fully integrated multi-discipline structure. This structure includes specialists in concept and creative elements, legal, economic, financial, market research & marketing, design & engineering to complement and cohere the investor, its architects, designers, specialist consultants and operators throughout the development and pre-opening process.

A graduate of University of Surrey, England, Mr. Isvan is a Fellow of Institute of Hospitality; member of the board of the Global Wellness Institute, Advisory Board member of the International Hotel Investment Forum and the Global Wellness Summit and member of Institute of Directors and British Institute of Management. Mr. Isvan is also reported to have introduced the term 'boutique hotel' into the industry and is one of few industry leaders to have made the cover of Business Week. Alongside his career, Mr. Isvan contributes to the industry by delivering keynote lectures on hospitality development at conferences and leading universities and corporate MBA's globally.  

Please visit http://www.servotel.net for more information.

Mr. Isvan can be contacted at +44 02071291251 or omer@servotel.net

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.