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Ms. Kinsley

Allison Kinsley

Chief Meeting Architect, Kinsley Meetings

Allison Kinsley is founder and Chief Meeting Architect of Kinsley Meetings, a strategic meeting management company. With a diverse client base, Kinsley Meetings manages over 60 meetings per year.

Prior to founding Kinsley Meetings in 1993, Ms. Kinsley managed meetings for a variety of associations, including the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association, the US Space Foundation and The Healthcare Forum.

Ms. Kinsley's meetings industry volunteer roles currently include the Chair of the Event Industry Council (EIC) Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) Commission and advisory and curriculum committees for the Metro State University of Denver School of Hospitality, Events & Tourism. Past volunteer leadership roles include International Board of Directors for Meeting Professionals International, Vice Chair Board of Trustees for the MPI Foundation, Past President of Meetings Professionals Int'l Rocky Mountain Chapter, a member of the Customer Advisory Board for PSAV and ASAE Meetings & Expositions Section Council.

Ms. Kinsley holds the following certifications: Certification in Meeting Management (CMM), Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and Certification in Event Design (CED).  She was recognized as the 2010 Meetings Industry Leader of the Year by the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado and 2002 MPI Rocky Mountain Chapter Meeting Planner of the Year.

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

Ms. Kinsley can be contacted at +1 303-887-6168 or allison@kinsleymeetings.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.