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Mr. Hugh

Phil Hugh

Chief Development Officer, Red Roof

Phil Hugh brings almost 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the position. Previously he was Executive Vice President, Worldwide Franchise Sales, Realogy Franchise Group in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Mr. Hugh graduated from Allegheny College and has had a series of notable industry leadership roles throughout his career. Prior to his role as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Franchise Sales with Realogy Franchise Group, he led strategic development as President and Chief Executive Officer of Development Opportunity Corporation where he was responsible for daily operations, acquisitions and new development for hotel, commercial and mixed-use facilities.

Mr. Hugh also held senior roles with Cendant Corporation and HFS, serving as Senior Vice President, North American Development, Wingate Inns International, and Regional Vice President with Coldwell Banker Franchise Development, respectively.

Mr. Hugh is now the Chief Development Officer at Red Roof, an award-winning leader in the lodging industry with franchises, corporate managed and corporate owned properties, recognized for creating the innovative Upscale Economy® segment serving millions of guests each year.

With coast-to-coast locations, Red Roof has over 600 properties in the U.S. and has expanded internationally to Brazil, Canada and Japan. Whether business or leisure, short trips or extended stays, in the hearts of cities or on the road, Red Roof has a property for every traveler, delivering an enhanced experience at a value price.

Mr. Hugh has joined a team that has a simple top priority: Provide true value to our guests and franchises without sacrificing quality. As veterans of the hotel and hospitality industries, our experience ensures Red Roof is consistently focused on the success of each and every property.

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

Mr. Hugh can be contacted at +1 305-443-5454 or phugh@redroof.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.